The title of this publication points to the collection of essays by French writer
and philosopher Georges Bataille, gathered under the name Visions of Excess:
Selected Writings 1927-1939, published in English in 1985. Through a complex
body of work, at times even contradictory, Bataille attacks the notion of total
identification promoted by Enlightenment and instead offers a model of human
difference and sheer loss. His references to death, impotence and excrement
create powerful images that unavoidably resonate with contemporary violence.
Bataille's particular perspective on excess has been the focus of SOMA Summer 2015.