Paul Chan (b. 1973)
Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord with a new and unauthorized translation, voiceover by Paul Chan (2013)
In The Society of the Spectacle (1967), the French intellectual Guy Debord (1932–1994) proposed numerous short theories, harshly criticizing capitalist society. In 1973 he made a film of the same name, in which he added voiceovers of quotations from his own book as well as statements by other May 68 intellectuals to a visual collage of political events, such as John F. Kennedy’s assassination or the Hungarian uprising. Paul Chan adds his own voice to the film in the form of a new, unauthorized translation that was initiated by Ed Halter, Thomas Beard, and Buyoung Kim from the Brooklyn-based film and video venue Light Industry.