from Guy Debord and Uwe Lausen

To the journal Vernissage
15 March 1962
Publishers and editors of Vernissage

In the February [1962] issue of Vernissage, you make absolutely mendacious allusions to the February exclusion of the four German situationists who publish the Spur journal.

The motivation for their exclusion is, exactly, their refusal to follow [the rest of] the Situationist International in all of its extreme conclusions. Thus, in each case, we can not reproach these comrades for the anti-conformism of their behavior or their art.

We must even declare that, from the point of view of the editorial committee of Vernissage -- that is to say, from the point of view of poor shopkeepers, domestic servants and whores -- we are worse than the Spur group. And that we are honored to be so.

In the the case made by the police against the Spur journal three months before this affair,[1] all of the situationists are and will remain in complete solidarity with those charged.

It isn't the role of the guardians of the concentration camp of culture such as you to be judges of discussions in the artistic avant-garde. There is certainly at point at which we will not disagree with those who have been excluded: Vernissage is a piece of shit and you are pigs.

Sirs, publish this rectification as soon as possible, as both custom and prudence incites you to do.

For the Central Council of the SI
G.-E. Debord and Uwe Lausen

[1] In November 1961.

(Published in Guy Debord, Correspondance, Volume 2, 1960-1964. Footnote by Alice Debord. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! May 2005.)

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