Applied Art
Gemstone and Jewellery
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theme

The material of art

Imagination and virtual worlds

Precious material – gold, silver, precious stones – apart from its utility value, also has a lasting legacy because of its symbolic power. In the area of jewellery, the classic range of materials is supplemented by many natural materials and plastics that can be filled with meaning. Even in jewellery, art – the old mistress of fiction, utopian design and thus virtuality – outlasts time: Ars longa – vita brevis.

Meanwhile, it is not only the physics that has long since moved away from the traditional ideas of a ‘fixed’ material into dynamic cosmological models. The digital age is revolutionizing living conditions, and particularly people’s social relationships – probably to a greater extent than the invention of book printing at the beginning of the modern era.

Virtuality does not require proof of genuineness, or a real correspondence of material, shape and colour. In light of these
– thoroughly omnipresent – scenarios, there is a growing desire for the authenticity of analogue life, for a permanence and value, which materialises in the material and therefore sensual presence of high-value goods that give a sense of identity, or in art.
What contribution can art make, so that people in an increasingly

virtual world can adequately further develop the ground under their feet in analogue everyday life?
‘SchmuckDenken’ [Thinking Jewellery] is the attempt to reflect upon what jewellery is. It is about an interdisciplinary conver- gence either side of the crucial categories of handicraft or art, applied or free: to discover what jewellery is made up of, not what it looks like. The need for adornment and jewellery has accompanied humanity as an anthropological constant since the beginning. As an important cultural heritage, jewellery is continually reinterpreted in all eras. ‘SchmuckDenken 11’ collects relevant analyses and action perspectives for artistic practice. 

January 23, 2017

Participation fee

  • Professionals: 105 €
  • Students: 55 €

(the fee cover entrance to all lectures and exhibitions, coffee and mineral water, sandwiches on Saturday and lunch on Sunday.)

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