Smck on Reel. Third Edition of the Video Festival inspired by Jewelry at Schmuck 2024

Exhibition  /  MunichJewelleryWeek2024  /  01 Mar 2024  -  02 Mar 2024
Published: 20.02.2024
Galerie Handwerk
Galerie Weltraum
Christoph Ziegler, Loukia Richards

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SMCK ON REEL Third Edition highlights jewelry potential to permeate political discourse and to address metaphysical questions.
Since the dawn of civilization jewelry has embodied divine spirit and secular order.

SMCK ON REEL, the video festival inspired by jewelry and wearable art celebrates its third edition at Schmuck/Jewelry Week of Munich 2024. Next to contemporary narratives on jewelry's archaic heritage, the video screenings of SMCK ON REEL 2024 / MAGIC present short documentaries on the cultural and social meaning of jewelry art, emphasizing its impact on political communication.
SMCK On Reel is a project by SMCK Magazine. The video festival was founded by Loukia Richards and Christoph Ziegler in 2022 to offer the art loving public insight into the maker’s narrative, to enable low-budget international networking and promotion, and to enrich the viewer’s appreciation of applied art and design.
Places and hour:
>> Friday 1 March, 4:00 pm at Galerie Handwerk, Max-Joseph-Strasse 4, 80333 Munich.
>> Saturday 2 March, 2:00 pm at Galerie Weltraum, Rumfordstraße 26, 80469 Munich.
Since 2011, Christoph Ziegler and Loukia Richards have curated over fifty art exhibitions and events in Germany, Netherlands and Greece, featuring more than two hundred international artists and designers.
Ziegler and Richards have presented their interdisciplinary exhibitions, performances, video projects, educational  workshops and interactive brainstormings, and eResidencies in acclaimed institutions, such as Altes Museum Berlin, Altonale Art Festival Hamburg, Bauhaus Foundation Dessau, Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein Munich,  Grassi Museum Leipzig, Faktor Art Space Hamburg, Federal Environment Agency Dessau, Goethe Institut Athens, Künstlerdorf Schöppingen Foundation, Niarchos Foundation Greece, Onassis Library Athens, Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, Thikwa Theater Berlin,  Vilnius Jewelry Biennial.
SMCK ON REEL 2024 includes the following program:
1. Magic, 2024.
Jewelry is one of the oldest forms of art, and is far more than ornamentation. Numerous jewels from different eras and cultures show that jewelry was believed to have protective powers. The transformation of materials or the change of their substance, colors, shape, the introduction of movement or light reflections, pays tribute to the alchemists' heritage. The section Magic also includes videos by participants' of FaveLAB / SMCK Magazine's Athens 2024 Artist Residency titled The Road to Elefsina. With Eden Herman Rosenblum, Neringa Poškutė-Jukumienė, Molly O’Connor, Heejoo Kim, Vilnius art academy Telšiai faculty, Alessia Prati, Eileen Pappas, ZLR Betriebsimperium, Loukia Richards, Christoph Ziegler.
2. Political Jewelry - The preview, 2024.
Eleven video chapters present artists working on the following issues: Totalitarianism / Endangered species / Food as politics / State control / US elections 2024 / Armenian genocide / Oct 7th / Christian heritage / European identity / Death of nature / Political assassinations. With Michaela Coman, Chris Kiseno, Ba An Le, Jason Stein, Anna Watson, Elin Flognman, Narinée Tchilinguirian, Adriana Radulescu, Dania Chelminsky, Christoph Ziegler, Loukia Richards. The video prémière will be screened at Legnica SILVER Festival (Poland) in May 2024.
3. Greetings from Ukraine, 2024.
The death of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny in mid-February marks the second anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, and underlines the importance of solidarity and action. Three Ukrainian jewelry artists and designers talk about the power of art to inspire national cohesion and resistance. With Stanislav Drokin, Yuri Plehanov, GuniaProject. The video screening at Galerie Weltraum has been made possible by the generous support of the City of Munich.
4. Danner Prize, 2024.
Five portraits of artists working with applied art and crafts give insight into the contemporary way of creating innovation and honoring tradition. The artists have been nominated for/have been awarded prize and distinctions by Danner Foundation in 2024. With Gunther Pfeffer, Christiane Englsberger, Beate Leonard, Nico Schipp, Christoph Straube.
5. “Danner Talk”, 2024.
Video highlights from the first Danner Talk that took place in Landshut, Bavaria last January. Danner Prize jury members explain the reasoning behind awarding artists, and summarize the role quality, traditions, originality, writing skills play on a jury's decision. With Thomas Stangier (Acting director of Landshut museums), Dr Petra Hölscher (Senior Curator of Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum), Hubert Sanktjohanser (Furniture designer). Julie Metzdorf (Cultural editor) moderated the discussion.
6. Experts Talk, 2023.
Contemporary jewelry must open up to the broader public. This is a task for individual artists, as well as a collective effort. Lack of communication between different players in the field of contemporary jewelry inhibit the sector's growth.

The video features Europe’s leading professionals and international VIPs sharing their insight, and analyzing major contemporary jewelry challenges with honesty and precision.
Experts Talk visualizes SMCK Magazine’s efforts to overcome the sector’s segmentation, and suggests solutions for sustainable growth.

With Sigurd Bronger, Ioannis Michaloudis, Jurgita Ludavičienė, Maja Houtman, Eva Monnikhof, Lisa Walker, Leo Caballero/Klimt02, Sarah Bailey, Clemens Ritter von Wagner, Galerie Biro, Romanian Jewelry Week, Waldemar Kerschbaumer, SMCK Magazine.