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  1. Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, The Prophets (detail), 2013-15, mixed media. Produced in collaboration with Henie Onstad Kunstsenter. Photo: Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens


in conjunction with To refuse/To wait/To sleep and M&A

PAST - Friday, January 13, 2017, 3-9 pm

Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, 6331 Crescent Road, UBC

The Symposium is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Please register by January 10 to

This symposium is occasioned by the To refuse/To wait/To sleep and M&A exhibitions at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. The paradoxical nature of money means that it has long been of interest to artists. Money’s tense and ever-changing relationship with the spiritual and material worlds are echoed in the visual arts – both money and art seem to have the capacity to conjure substance and value out of nothing. Although the relationship between the visual or performance arts and money is an old one, it is only relatively recently that artists have produced works that seek in some way to emulate or model economic practices. Both visual and performance artists are increasingly using their work to explicitly reflect upon the economic conditions in which it is being created. This has intensified in recent years as contemporary art has become ever more closely associated with high finance, appearing more and more as a global industry in its own right.

The symposium will provide an opportunity to discuss cultural production through the lens of economic theory, forging connections across existing research as well as developing a space for making sense of the relationship between the worlds of art and finance, against the backdrop of globalization and its local consequences.

3-5:30 pm: PANEL 1
Melanie Gilligan
Richard Ibghy
Marilou Lemmens
Moderator: Gareth James

5:30-6:30 pm: DINNER

6:30-9 pm: PANEL 2
Gabrielle Hill
Marianne Nicolson
Maria Lind
Moderator: Jaleh Mansoor

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689