The lecture centered on concepts like “entirely inhuman” and “asubjective”, which were proposed by Meillassoux and stressed that we should look for the possibility of “radical irruptions” between man and the universe within the “dead matter”. It helped us to understand and reflect upon the hidden trend of contemporary art. From the classic still life paintings by the Dutch painters (see Norman Bryson), the Nouveau Roman trend (Alain Robbe-Grillet and Nathalie Sarraute) and its experiment with so-called purely objective stance, to Damien Hirst’s obsession with animal corpses, and the extremely cold space of “objects” constructed within computer games, all of these seemed to lead people to enter a different and alternative dimension.
Jiang Yuhui, associate professor of the Philosophy Department of East China Normal University. He gained his master degree from the Ecole Normale Superieure and PhD from Fudan University.
Wang Jiajun, Doctorate in Literature, associate managing editor of Study on Theory of Literature and Art, associate professor of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Each China Normal University.
Wu Ding, artist, now lives and works in Shanghai. His recent work focuses on the invisible “internal order” that could only be perceived but is beyond words.