A Systemised Derangement of the Senses: The Situationist International and the Biopolitics of Dérive

  • Christopher Collier
  • Joanna Figiel


The literary lineage traced by the Paris surrealists, via les poètes maudits, evokes a revolt of the ‘spirit’ — that is to say, a subjective, romantic rebellion against contemporary social strictures. Amongst this hagiographic pantheon of ‘surrealist saints’, André Breton’s acolytes were often drawn to those who deployed intoxicants in breaking down a bourgeois notion of the self, facilitating its supposedly liberated recomposition. This is something that finds its most celebrated expression in Rimbaud’s infamous call for a ‘derangement of all the senses’.


Human Capital Creative Destruction Autonomous Subjectification Liberal Conception Situationist International 
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