DE NEW BABYLON
Edited by Constant / R.W.D. Oxenaar / Jurriaan Schrofer (lay-out), a.o. Text and images by Constant Nieuwenhuis. Solely devoted to the artist's new urbanist strategies and projects. "New Babylon the world of Homo Ludens". Includes a full-color map of the artist's New Babylon Town. Texts predominantly in English, with some in French and Dutch. Published at the occasion of the exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculptures and New Babylon constructions by Constant Nieuwenhuys at the Venice Biennale. Illustrated with photographs and drawings. Includes an essay by Simon Vinkenoog on 'Life in New-Babylon'; a collection of texts by Constant, including 'The Revolution of Creative Man' (1964): "The international phenomenon of young people who refuse to accept the existing order - the 'hipsters', 'teddy boys', 'rockers', 'mods', 'halbstarken', 'blousons noirs', 'beatniks', 'nozems', stilyagi', or whatever they may be called - this phenomenon has a revolutionary effect which, so far, has been neglected…Yet this urge can be contained no longer". Relates to The Situationists: 'La Déclaration d'Amsterdam', Constant and Guy Debord's joint manifesto on unitary urbanism, first published in Internationale Situationniste #2 (December 1958).