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Not Only Decoration at Alja&friends

Exhibition  /  07 Nov 2017  -  12 Nov 2017
Published: 25.10.2017
Not Only Decoration at Alja&friends.
Laura Jack, Stephi Morawetz
Angelina Kafka

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For the first time in Vienna “NOD – not only decoration” will show that jewelry can be more than just an aesthetic for the body.
Not Only Decoration, a global collective of makers who create pieces that contest and discuss ethical consciousness across many topics from environmental to social, was founded by artists Stephie Morawetz from Austria and Laura Jack from Australia. We believe that jewelry has always been and will always have the potential to be more than just decoration, it has the capacity to convey a deeper meaning and to influence. This can be seen in our own personal works; A Drop of Black Gold (Stephie) and Does the Carpet Match the Drapes (Laura) that will form part of the collective exhibit.
At our opening, not only can viewers explore a global collective which comprises of works from over 30 NOD members that are artists and makers from all over the world through jewelry and objects that deals with social and environmental issues, they will also experience that jewelry doesn't have to be only a decorative object for the body. As a special event, we have planned a performance by Pia Groh called “The Living Brooch”.
True to our character of keeping things interesting and intriguing, we are presenting more than just an exhibition with a program that ranges from live performances to critical discussions on jewelry and even a gastronomical oddity that combines the wearable with the edible. NOD will also be debuting our very first edition of our publication: Not Only Blah Blah - A Magazine.
Join “Nod” and “Alja&friends” at any and all of our events and see for yourself that jewelry can be more than decoration.


Jewelry Night: Not only an Exhibition
We 8. November 17:00-22:00
Unveiling of over 30 artworks and artists from across the globe and live performance by Pia Groh called “The Living Brooch”
Discussion: Not only Talking - Intermediality in Jewelry with Katja Köditz
Fr. 10. November 18:30
In order to show the whole spectrum of jewelry, we prepared a special event that displays jewelry works in video media. At this movie night, we want you to explore a variety of different perceptions and how jewelry works with the media of video.
Afterwards, all are invited to join a discussion about “what is jewelry”. Focusing on the topic of intermediality in jewelry. As a special guest, we invited the jewelry artist Katja Köditz, an award-winning artist in the field of jewelry video to present her works in a discussion.
Breakfast: Not only Breakfast
Sa. 11. November 11:00-14:00
It is a tradition during the Vienna Jewelry Days to hold a breakfast in each of the different locations. This year, Alja&friends together with NOD decided to prepare a gastronomical oddity for you. You will not only enjoy a delicious breakfast with us, you might also discover that jewelry goes “through the stomach”.
Vienna Jewelry Days Official Tour
Sa 11. November 15:00
Guided tour with Arianne Reither.
Pia Groh. Piece: Living Brooch, 2015. Brass, textile. Pia Groh
Piece: Living Brooch, 2015
Brass, textile
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Laura Jack. Piece: Does the Carpet Match the Drapes, 2017. Anodized aluminium. Photo by: Laura Jack. Laura Jack
Piece: Does the Carpet Match the Drapes, 2017
Anodized aluminium
Photo by: Laura Jack
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Stephi Morawetz. Photograph: A Drop of Black Gold, 2016. Film still. Stephi Morawetz
Photograph: A Drop of Black Gold, 2016
Film still
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Katja Köditz. Video Installation: The Girl with the Pearl Earring, 2017. Film still. Photo by: Katja Köditz. Katja Köditz
Video Installation: The Girl with the Pearl Earring, 2017
Film still
Photo by: Katja Köditz
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