from Guy Debord

To Asger Jorn[1]
16 November 1954
Dear Sir

Your letter to us, as well as the copy of the response that he sent to you personally, were transmitted to us yesterday by André-Frank Conord.[3]

We are happy to learn of your actions in a struggle that is also ours. The necessity of exploiting the immense power of architecture for passionate ends is one of the basic proclamations of our movement.

Apart from any artistic ambition, what we want to establish is a new form of life. For this enterprise, architecture (the Bauhaus[4]) is obviously the first means one must make use of.

We are united by the idea that existence is generally insignificant, but that it is up to us to construct indispensible games with[in] it. We will end up being right, in architecture as elsewhere.

We would love to receive your newsletters. Today, in a different envelop, we send you our recent documents. You will also receive our publications in the future.

We are quite favorable to any collaboration that we could reciprocally engage in, and also in research with you based upon a shared program.


For the Lettrist International
Michele Bernstein, Guy-Ernest Debord

[1] Danish painter, a co-founder of COBRA (1914-1973).

[2] On the letterhead of the Lettrist International.

[3] Translator: former editor-in-chief of Potlatch, relieved of his post on 30 August 1954.

[4] The International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus, founded by Asger Jorn in 1953.

(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol "0": Septembre 1951 - Juillet 1957: Complete des "lettres retrouvees" et d l'index general des noms cites by Librairie Artheme Fayard, October 2010. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! February 2011. Footnotes by the publisher, except where noted.)

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