Gésine Hackenberg: Where jewellery and every everyday life meet (Germany/The Netherlands)
Gésine Hackenberg uses diverse techniques and materials to explore the conceptual cross-sections between jewellery and everyday objects. She is investigating how objects from a domestic context relate to the individual and the body. The history of those objects as well as classical topics of art and jewellery history serve as a source of inspiration, always relating those topics to her own contemporary context.
In her talk, Gésine Hackenberg will give a glimpse of her artistic practice, the elements in the process and how stories about preciousness, adornment and the human condition develop.
Bella Neyman: PLACEMENT (USA)
Will contemporary jewellery ever not need to be defined? Join the speaker as she discusses her career as a curator and writer and her efforts to change the status of the field from emerging to established. Hear about Bella's plans to place contemporary jewellery on every man, woman and child.
The title of the talk, "Placement", refers to an exhibition that the artist curated at the Gallery at Reinstein Ross in May 2015. For this exhibition, jewellery artists were teamed up with street artists to collaborate on a collection of jewellery. Bringing the worlds of street art and art jewellery together was more than just a way for artists from these two art forms to familiarise themselves with each other, as they have something very important in common: they are both a form of public art. The idea of placement is very important to jewellery, because once it is placed on the body it is on view for the entire world to appreciate, like street art, where a mural's placement on a wall allows it to reach a wider audience.