Presentation Title

The Collapse of Bourgeois Conservation into Utilitarian Waste: Georges Bataille and Alternative Economies of Consumption

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

Watkins 2240

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Abstract

There is not a simple excess of technologies in the midst of our hyper-capitalist State; instead, the current capitalist order operates from a position of Absolute Excess to the degree that Being is aesthetically entwined with over-consumption. Ironically, the primary tool of capitalism (concealment via simulation) no longer functions in this climate—rather, this practice is reduced to the condition of a banal standing reserve, jutting-out like the big toe of French philosopher Georges Bataille. In the wake of these conditions, what recourse is (im)possible? When even the supposed bastions of liberalism are necessarily compromised for this new superstructure to operate, is community a valid site for resistance? Following Bataille (The Accursed Share and Literature and Evil) and his contemporary critic Allan Stoekl (Bataille's Peak: Energy, Religion, and Postsustainability), I have developed an initial schematic that implements aspects of their theoretical work, while paying closer attention to importance of the poetic in Bataille’s work to model possible forms of poetic consumption against modern hyper-consumption. This project, what I call “an economy of seduction,” is a system of consumption where individuals exist in seduction to consume beyond rote necessity, to consume poetically. This project utilizes an archive of over 100 photographs taken in the des(s)ert of the Real that is B(achh)analia at work at Occidental College to offer an extended Battaillean analysis of the discourse surrounding environmental sustainability its internal contradiction (reduction of the presence and visibility of waste rather than changes in consumptive practices) that only exacerbates environmental destruction.

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The Collapse of Bourgeois Conservation into Utilitarian Waste: Georges Bataille and Alternative Economies of Consumption

Watkins 2240

There is not a simple excess of technologies in the midst of our hyper-capitalist State; instead, the current capitalist order operates from a position of Absolute Excess to the degree that Being is aesthetically entwined with over-consumption. Ironically, the primary tool of capitalism (concealment via simulation) no longer functions in this climate—rather, this practice is reduced to the condition of a banal standing reserve, jutting-out like the big toe of French philosopher Georges Bataille. In the wake of these conditions, what recourse is (im)possible? When even the supposed bastions of liberalism are necessarily compromised for this new superstructure to operate, is community a valid site for resistance? Following Bataille (The Accursed Share and Literature and Evil) and his contemporary critic Allan Stoekl (Bataille's Peak: Energy, Religion, and Postsustainability), I have developed an initial schematic that implements aspects of their theoretical work, while paying closer attention to importance of the poetic in Bataille’s work to model possible forms of poetic consumption against modern hyper-consumption. This project, what I call “an economy of seduction,” is a system of consumption where individuals exist in seduction to consume beyond rote necessity, to consume poetically. This project utilizes an archive of over 100 photographs taken in the des(s)ert of the Real that is B(achh)analia at work at Occidental College to offer an extended Battaillean analysis of the discourse surrounding environmental sustainability its internal contradiction (reduction of the presence and visibility of waste rather than changes in consumptive practices) that only exacerbates environmental destruction.