Aug 26, 2012 Sunday 19:00
1F, Associate Mission Building (Shanghai 169 Yuanmingyuan Road)
Grass Stage Culture Outpost: Social Theatre Forum VOL.18:
Speaker: Christopher Connery
Admission Free. Reservation is required.
In order to understand contemporary ideological formations, an experimental investigation of daily-life values and modalities is perhaps as useful as a study of political proclamations or theoretical work. In contemporary Chinese society--indeed, throughout most of the developed and near-developed world, "convenience" is the central and universal value. With globalization, the Chinese term for convenience (fangbian), which has a long and varied history in China, has become almost identical in meaning to the English word, and is in China, as elsewhere, a core value of consumer society. And yet, the history of this centrality is short, being limited to the period of industrial capitalism. Analyzing the value placed on convenience as manifest in our bodily practices, sense of time and place, our sense of speed, our relation to technology, and the judgments we make on various aspects of life can serve to illuminate the ways in which the larger socio-economic-political system shapes our core values and our subjectivities. And yet, although convenience has penetrated all corners of our life, there are some sectors of life--many of them pleasurable-- where convenience is not a value. Is convenience necessary? Do we have a resistance to convenience at some subconscious level? Would it be possible to transcend convenience?... Read More
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