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A Modest Proposal Symposium, RCA (Battersea) London (UK)

ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART, LYDIA AND MANFRED GORVY LECTURE THEATRE Wandsworth Council’s Pump House Gallery and JUBILEE, in collaboration with the Royal College of Art (RCA), present a one-day symposium examining fundamental questions raised by our current exhibition, A Modest Proposal (in a Black Box) by Belgian artist duo Vermeir & Heiremans. Developed over the past two years, A Modest Proposal (in a Black Box) investigates the possibility of financialising public art collections, museum real estate and symbolic capital, to generate an ecology in which value generated by artistic practices is distributed more sustainably. The artists’ new work has been developed in collaboration with financial sector workers, lawyers and academic researchers, and aims to create a financial model that would benefit not only investors and art institutions, but also the artists and art workers. A Modest Proposal Symposium questions whether values – both cultural and monetary – originating from public goods should be claimed for the benefit of specific stakeholders, or redistributed through a political process. Can these values be reinvested in arts institutions and art producers, in line with the museum’s goals and tasks? Or should a parliamentary debate allocate these resources, making them available for healthcare, education or even military expenses? And what if ‘governing’ in this case means developing and promoting certain types of financialisation, which are beneficial for (international) elites and companies, yet pose risks or are detrimental to the wider community? The artists, in collaboration with curator Ned McConnell, have invited six speakers for the symposium. Working from different backgrounds, their personal research will shed a specific light on some of the most urgent issues at hand. Speakers: Vermeir & Heiremans Annelore Hofman Victoria Ivanova Caroline Knowles Luke Mason Louis Moreno Emily Rosamond Moderated by Andrea Phillips PRORGRAMME 9.30 Coffee 10.00 Vermeir & Heiremans 10.45 Victoria Ivanova 11.45 Emily Rosamond 14.00 Annelore Hofman 14.45 Luke Mason 15.30 Coffee 15.45 Louis Moreno 16.30 Caroline Knowles 17.15 Concluding remarks and drinks