Delfina Foundation

Who Really Owns It? Thinking through ownership of contemporary art and cultural heritage

20/06/17

Date: 20 June 2017
Time: 19:00 
Venue: Delfina Foundation, 29-31 Catherine Pl, Victoria, London SW1E 6DY
Free: Book here via eventbrite

As part of the public programme for Collecting as Practice, this discussion explores a radical notion of collecting that challenges conventional notions of individual ownership. Taking its departure point from research conducted by curator-in-residence Özge Ersoy, as well as recent examples of the destruction of historical artifacts, the discussion considers how social histories become embedded in the material objects of art works. With reference to key artistic, archaeological and architectural practices, the participants will interrogate how it is possible to redefine our understanding of ownership to include concepts of immaterial presence, social knowledge and the communal.

Further speakers to be announced, moderated by Rose Lejeune.

As part of the public programme for Collecting as Practice (link), this discussion explores a radical notion of collecting that challenges conventional notions of private ownership in contemporary art and cultural heritage of historic artefacts. Taking its departure point from research conducted by Özge Ersoy during her Delfina Foundation residency, and with reference to key artistic, archaeological and architectural practices which seek to explore how destroyed forms can reinstate themselves not only physically but also immaterially, we ask how social histories become embedded in the material objects of art works. In their physical absence, we will ask if it is possible to redefine our understanding of them into one of social knowledge and communal ownership and, if so, what the implications would be for their conception and the constructions of identity that they hold.
 
Further speakers to be announced, moderated by Rose Lejeune