Rockbund Art Museum 上海外滩美术馆

Dépense, Luxe and Existence Itself 消耗,奢华与生存本身

Event Information

Date: 4 January 2019
Time: 11:00 12:30
Venue: Rockbund Art Museum
Speaker: Yang Wei
Language: Chinese


日期: 2019年 1月 4日
时间: 11:00 12:30
场馆: 上海外滩美术馆
主讲人: 杨威
语言: 中文

About the Event 关于活动

Maximum effort, minimum result. ---Francis Alÿs’ motto for When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002

Under the social context nowadays where we are pursuing rationality, high-efficiency, abundance and prosperity, the concept of “dépense” proposed by Georges Bataille seems quite unique. Then what does it mean? What does this notion imply? How it is constructed within Bataille’s system? And will this “non-productive consumption” make our livelihood unsustainable?

We are honored to invite to this talk Yang Wei, Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Second Military Medical University, who will share how Bataille defines and distinguishes the productive consumption from a non-productive one in human activities from the perspectives of philosophy and anthropology. He will also talk about how this way of thinking may inspire our re-examination in the significance of things and the existence of human beings in today’s China.


在人们乐于追求理性、高效和丰裕富足的背景下,乔治·巴塔耶的“消耗”(la dépense)概念显得独特而又耐人寻味。那么,何谓“消耗”,如何把握这个概念的由来和含义?“消耗”何以成立,无关乎生产的纯粹消耗会让我们的生存难以为继吗?


About the Speaker 关于讲者

Yang Wei, Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Second Military Medical University, and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Philosophy, East China Normal University. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from PLA Nanjing Political College (1999-2006) and PhD from School of Philosophy, Fudan University (2009-2012). He was a visiting scholar at the Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University (2013-2014). He has published more than 40 papers in journals such as Philosophical Trends, Marxism and Reality and Studies in Ideological Education. He now serves as the Director of the Shanghai Society of Philosophy, and is a member of the Institute of the Contemporary Studies on Marxism Abroad in China.


Francis Alÿs: La dépense 弗朗西斯·埃利斯:消耗