Economies of Aesthetics 
From Possible to Desirable
18–20 June 2015 Basel, Switzerland


The conference ECONOMIES OF AESTHETICS, that took place 18–20 June 2015 in Basel, Switzerland in partnership with the FHNW Academy of Art and Design and Art Basel has come to a close. The conference organisers send a hearty thank you to all involved! Photo and video documentation of the event will be posted shortly!


The conference will provoke new ways of thinking and observing the actual cultural, societal, political and economical processes, and provides a space for thinking in potentialities through a multidisciplinary view: the possible focuses on catalyzing urban change, the profitable conducts an analysis of a reloaded economic value system, the sensible explores an antifragile society, the desirable discusses architectures of meaning.

Additional to the sessions addressing these overall themes, the present discourse will be reflected through presentations and discussions from the expert fields of research, impact, cultural entrepreneurship and sources & resources.


Furthermore, ECONOMIES OF AESTHETICS takes place in partnership with Art Basel. This premier international art show will host the conference debate ‘From Possible to Desirable. In Search of a Common Layer of Meaning.’ After the debate, Art Basel welcomes delegates to visit the exhibition, with modern and contemporary works of leading galleries around the world. 

Please find here more detailed information about the content of the discussions and sessions in the programme.

Speakers include amongst others Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev , Hasan Bakhshi, Catherine David, Desmond Hui, Leo van Loon, Tina Saaby Madsen, Pier Luigi Sacco and Luisa Perlo.

ECONOMIES OF AESTHETICS addresses everyone interested and open for exchange and reversing discussions – from arts, design and university lecturers, to urban developers, sociologists, economists, or protagonists of cultural institutions. 


Registration and Fees

ELIA members: 395 euro
ELIA members early bird fee: 295 euro (registered before 1 May 2015)
Non members: 750 euro

The fees include access to all the conference sessions and social and cultural activities, as well as a visit to Art Basel. 

Contact Conference Manager Marte Brinkman, at 

Stichting A Lab
Lab 105
Overhoeksplein 2
1031KS Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Phone nr. +31(0)20 330 1116

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Monday - Friday from 09.00 - 17.30

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