by Christabel Stewart .

Le Retour de la Colonne Durutti

Le Retour De La Colonne Durutti is currently being used as the (inspired) title for a group exhibition at Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery in Berlin, curated by Gyonata Bonvincini. The Durruti Column was a notorious 'column' (a formation of troops following each other) of anarchist fighters during the Spanish Civil War led by Buenaventura Durruti in 1936. Its legacy was picked up by the Situationists three decades later: André Bertrand distributed a four-page Situationist comic at Strasbourg University in October 1966 called Le Retour De La Colonne Durutti, and again in 1978 by Mancunian band, The Durutti Column, who formed at the height of punk in 1978, and whose first album The Return of the Durutti Column (1980) was, like the name of the record, inspired by a situationist joke: a book with a sandpaper cover to destroy other books on the shelf. Bonvincini's point in ressurecting the title and all its associations is to emphasize the artists' fluidity of practice, and of sign-shifting, "All these artists realize that to change codes it is necessary to overcome obstacles, to infiltrate, to be weightless, mobile, variable, to sacrifice stability to a more polyhedral, adaptational approach." It includes work by Donald Urquhart, Carter and Alexandra Mir, and the show is on until August 3rd for anyone in Berlin. This long preamble allows me both to mention this interesting lineage and exhibition, and introduce a somewhat unrelated matter, that Los Super Elegantes are back on Transmissions, this time fluidly Slow Dancing their way through a series of songs (including a debut of their new video set in Greece) which includes, you guessed it, The Durutti Column.

1 comment

  1. Jessie
    03:21 19 Jul 2012
    I just like the boldness of Rihanna, I relaly do ..yep, the horizontal stripes may not be perfect for her figure, but her attitude is perfect for pulling off the unusualness of the outfit itself, and I also like the way she accessorized, even the center part of the hair. I have been won over and look forward to seeing her on the red carpet.