from Guy Debord

To Hans-Peter Zimmer and the Spur Group
8 August 1960
Dear Zimmer, dear friends from Spur

Thank you for sending your journal [Spur #1], it is very good. I think that it will be necessary to publish other issues later and to use this title as the name for your group on a permanent basis, as in the case of the journal [and group called] Cobra.

I ask you to do two things as quickly as possible:

1) Send me a French translation of the text that is at the end [of the journal][1]: it can be used in #5 of Internationale Situationniste.

2) Send copies of Spur directly to the following addresses (in case you haven't already done so):

D. Olsen
Asger [Jorn]
Maurice [Wyckaert]
Attila [Kotanyi]
Jacqueline de J[ong]
[Andre] Frankin
[Jacques] Ovadia

(I will distribute other copies here.)

It is good that [Erwin] Eisch is no longer with you because, if he is now a slightly modernist version of old monuments to dead heroes, he doesn't deal a blow to cultural conformism: conformism deals a blow to the avant-garde that takes Eisch into its camp. The dominant conformism of today no longer believes in the Hitlerian style of art. It annexes Eisch, who immediately sells off the subversive reputation that he has obtained by participating in our scandals.

[Guiseppe Pinot] Gallizio and Constant are no longer in the S[ituationist] I[nternational] and so cannot be considered signatories to the manifesto [of 17 May 1960]. But this isn't a serious error; I point it out so you can bear it in mind the future.

Excellent claim on the House of Art! UNESCO will support your attack, as soon as we are [in] it.

G.-E. Debord

[1] "Declaration of the Spur Group on the creation of a unitary art against all modern forms of artistic specialization," published in Spur #1, August 1960.

(Published in Guy Debord, Correspondance, Volume 1, 1957-1960. Footnote by Alice Debord. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! May 2005.)

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