...An Inventory of Reproductions, Deformations, Modifications, Derivations, and Transformations

Ed. Ellef Prestsæter

“I’m proud you call us gangsters, nevertheless you are wrong. We are worse, we are situationists.” — Jacqueline de Jong, 1962

The Situationist Times was a magazine edited and published by the Dutch artist Jacqueline de Jong during the years 1962–67. In its multilingual, transdisciplinary, and cross-cultural exuberance, it became one of the most exciting and playful magazines of the 1960s. Throughout its six remarkably diverse issues, The Situationist Times challenges the notion of what it means to be a situationist, as well as traditional understandings of culture in the broader sense and of how culture is created, formatted, and shared. These Are Situationist Times! provides an in-depth history of the magazine while probing its contemporary relevance. The book also presents the material De Jong assembled in the early 1970s in collaboration with Hans Brinkman for a never realized seventh issue of The Situationist Times, devoted to the game of pinball.
Lavishly illustrated and brimming with previously unseen archival material, These Are Situationist Times! presents new and compelling perspectives on situationism, experimental publishing, and artist-run magazines.

27.7 x 21.7 cm, 352 pages

Commissioned contributions by
Éric Alliez, Ruth Baumeister, Christophe Bourseiller, Larry D. Busbea, Eric C. H. de Bruyn, Matthew Fuller, Rodolphe Gasché, Dennis Göttel, Institute for Computational Vandalism, Jakob Jakobsen, Karen Kurczynski, João Pedro Leão, İz Öztat, Juliette Pollet, Ellef Prestsæter, Margriet Schavemaker, Sean Snyder, McKenzie Wark

Historical texts by
Roland Barthes, Hans Brinkman, Max Bucaille, Friedrich Wolfram Heubach, Jacqueline de Jong, Asger Jorn, Friedrich Kittler, Joost Mathijsen, Piero Simondo, Gianni-Emilio Simonetti, Alexander Trocchi, Paolo Virno, Bernd Jürgen Warneken

All deformation, reproduction, modification, derivation and transformation of the Situationist
Times is permitted. This extends to the texts written for this book.

Developed in collaboration with Malmö Konsthall and Museum Jorn
Supported by Nordic Culture Point, Arts Council Norway, the Mondriaan Fund, and the Nordic Culture Fund.

Edited by Ellef Prestsæter
Produced by Elin Maria Olaussen and Karen Christine Tandberg
Digital interface by the Institute for Computational Vandalism
Design by Anna Prestsæter and Malin Kleiva
Photography by Øivind Möller Bakken
Translations from the French by James Horton, Robin Mackay, Ellef Prestsæter,
and Peter Shield
Translations from the German by Michael Wutz
Translations from the Italian by Simon Chapman and Denise Contini
Translations from the Dutch by Patrick Lennon
Copyediting: Jaclyn Arndt
Proofreading: Megan Low
Repro: John Nelander
Print: Livonia Print
Paper: Munken Lynx Rough
Edition: 1500
ISBN: 978-82-93104-25-4
Published by Torpedo Press 2019

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The Situationist Times, edited by the Dutch artist Jacqueline de Jong, was published in six issues in the years 1962–1967. In a 1961 meeting of its central committee, the Internationale Situationniste decided to make an English language magazine and gave de Jong the task of editing it. However, by the time the first issue appeared in 1962, de Jong had left the IS and transformed the original project beyond recognition. In its multilingual, trans-disciplinary and cross-cultural exuberance, the Situationist Times became one of the most exciting and playful magazines of the 1960s.
The Situationist Times: Same Player Shoots Again! unfolds the material assembled by de Jong and her co-editor Hans Brinkman in the early 1970s for a seventh, unrealized issue devoted to pinball. The documents – here presented to the public for the first time – testify to an extensive investigation of the culture and topology of pinball – arguably the quintessential situationist game. In collaboration with Koosje Ruigrok, Jacqueline de Jong has produced a special pinball wallpaper for the exhibition. The show also features a free-play electro-mechanical pinball machine by courtesy of Oslo Pinball Club.
Additionally, the exhibition provides a rare opportunity to browse original copies of the Situationist Times 1-6. A digital interface developed by the Scandinavian Institute for Computational Vandalism invites you to navigate the riches of the magazine, its labyrinths, knots and controversies, as well as browse through the issues together with de Jong, who tells stories of their making in a series of newly produced video clips.

The exhibition is curated by Ellef Prestsæter and Torpedo and produced in collaboration with Malmö Konsthall and Museum Jorn. It forms part of These are Situationist Times, an exhibition, digitization and publication project developed by Torpedo (Oslo) and Ellef Prestsæter, in close collaboration with Jacqueline de Jong and generously supported by Nordic Culture Point and the Norwegian Arts Council. The Jacqueline de Jong Papers, including the archives of the Situationist Times, is held at Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, Yale University.
Exhibition photos by Øivind Möller Bakken


Click on the “discover” button and select one of the six issues. Your browser will automatically enter full screen mode. You can then navigate in three different ways: scroll sideways through the pages of each issue, follow the video recording (in the lower right corner), or read the transcription of the conversations with Jacqueline (these appear and can be hidden by clicking on the text icon to the left of the video). The three levels are interlinked, so that whenever you jump to a new place (by moving the time cursor in the video player, scrolling through the pages and clicking on one of the blue placemark icons, or clicking on a paragraph in the transcription), the other two will sync automatically. Furthermore, you can zoom in and out on the pages by using the buttons in the upper left corner and the blue placemark icons can be hidden by unticking the “show links” box in the upper right corner.  
The videos document Jacqueline de Jong in conversation with Ellef Prestsæter in Amsterdam, December 2017, and were recorded by Michael Murtaugh. The photos of the magazine spreads are by Øivind Möller Bakken.

The interface was developed by the Scandinavian Institute for Computational Vandalism and produced as part of These are Situationist Times, an exhibition, digitization, and publication project developed by Torpedo (Oslo) and Ellef Prestsæter in collaboration with Jacqueline de Jong, Malmö Konsthall and Museum Jorn. The project is generously supported by Nordic Culture Point and Arts Council Norway.


In this talk McKenzie Wark discussed the legacy and relevance of The Situationist Times. Throughout its six remarkably diverse issues, it challenged not only the notion of what it means to be a situationist, but also traditional understandings of culture more broadly and of the way culture is created, formatted and shared.

The talk held place at Torpedo /PUB, inside the exhibition The Situationist Times: Same Player Shoots Again, and was chaired by Ellef Prestsæter.