Mini symposium: A better world starts with the collection?

November 11, 14:30 - 18:00, 3D debate center, W&N building. Can art and heritage collections make a positive contribution to climate policy?

11/08/2019 | 2:01 PM

Art-Raoul-Deleo-ZoicophytusAnemophorus Curiosity is the driving force behind the exhibition "Cabinet of Wonder, which has been set up by students, artists and curators. The urge to discover the world and nature has been a strong motivation for artists, scientists and collectors for centuries. It cannot be otherwise that all this wondering and collecting has consequences for our earth and environment.

That is why we ask ourselves in this symposium: Can art, heritage collections and individual works make a positive contribution to climate policy?

For Matty Berg (professor Animal Ecology VU / RUG / Naturalis), heritage collections play an important role in research into biodiversity. And this research can lead to predictions about our future ecosystem.

Master student Tim Renders, affiliated with the VU Environmental Humanities Center, will discuss the impact of art on climate change, both negative and positive.

Artist Raoul Deleo takes us on a journey of discovery through Terra Ultima, a hitherto undiscovered world with very special flora and fauna. At the end of the symposium, he reveals his most recent discovery, inspired by the VU Heritage collections.

Ilse van der Voorn (Liberal Arts & Sciences student, UU) will provide a literary interlude. Prior to the symposium there is a tour along the cabinets by the participating students and curators. You are very welcome at the tour and the symposium. Admission is free, but please register here.

14.30 - 15.30 tour of the “Cabinet of Wonder” exhibition, start at Heritage cabinet, entrance UL, 1st floor VU main building
15.30 - 15.45 Walk-in & introduction, audio tour, 3D debate center, W&N building
15.45 - 16.05 Matty Berg: Collections and biodiversity
16.05 - 16.30 Tim Renders: Art & climate
16.30 - 16.40 Ilse van der Voorn: Literary interlude
16.40 - 16.45 "Arrival at Terra Ultima"
16.45 - 17.00 Raoul Deleo: Terra Ultima & unveiling of a new creature
17.00 - 17.15 questions & closing
17.15 - 18.00 Drinks

For questions, please contact curators Liselotte Neervoort ( or Wende Wallert ( Look here for more information about the exhibition.

Are you unable to attend the seminar on November 11, but still interested in a tour? On Tuesday 19 November at 12.00 there will be a final tour along the exhibition for VU staff and students. We will gather at the heritage cabinet (main building 1st floor), no registration required.