Vermeir & Heiremans A MODEST PROPOSAL_Lecture
  • Council House
  • 18:30 — 20:00
  • 19.10.18 — 19.10.18
  • In their latest work A MODEST PROPOSAL (in a Black Box) Vermeir & Heiremans investigate how current modes of financialisation can be redirected towards a more equitable model. Their proposal suggests that by financialising public art collections and/or museum real estate and/or their symbolic capital, a cycle of wealth can be created that will also benefit its original stakeholders, the artists and art workers. It can produce streams of economic and social wealth, and create sustainable conditions and futures in which art can flourish as an ecology of practices.

    A MODEST PROPOSAL is a site-specific intervention. Vermeir & Heiremans will elaborate in their lecture on their financial concept relating it to the Cottonian Collection, named after William Cotton III who gifted it to the city of Plymouth. The Cottonian Collection is preserved at the Plymouth City Museum.

    Illuminating their research on financialisation Vermeir & Heiremans will relate a selection of images from the Cottonian Collection to the history of Plymouth, a port city from which many maritime explorations set forth. From Francis Drake's and James Cook's expeditions to the voyage of the Mayflower, these voyages needed new forms of finance to be realised. These historical cases will highlight the possibilities which the Cottonian Collection offers the artists in the context of their current work on A MODEST PROPOSAL.