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Pravu Mazumdar: Lecture. Understanding Surfaces. On Jewellery and Identity

Lectures  /  16 Mar 2014
Published: 11.03.2014
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Intro
Human surfaces are hybrid objects involving biological and cultural elements like dress, makeup, jewellery, gait, skin, posture, voice.
Human surfaces are hybrid objects involving biological and cultural elements like dress, makeup, jewellery, gait, skin, posture, voice. Contemporary societies manifest not only surfaces of products, but also human surfaces functioning as ‘packaging’ and emitting discourses on interiority that place humans within limits and define their individuality.

However, the surfaces are not only readable. They are also produced on a daily basis, not only by the individuals themselves or the global beauty industry at large, but also a whole political machinery of identity, gleaning certain constant, measurable and recognisable traits of individuality from the surface discourses, documenting them in passports and identity cards and locking in modern individuals within the shell of their identity. Modern jewellery – in its contemporary, critical manifestations and its inherent tendency of breaching tradition – can break open the shell of identity and involve individuals in an open play of enhancement and change of masks. It can indeed be understood as a means of counteracting the pressure towards identity in daily life in modern societies.

Such ideas will be presented with examples and images from the area of contemporary jewellery art.

Remarks

Sunday, March 16, 2014, 11:00 Uhr
Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium
Barerstrasse 40 | Pinakothek der Moderne
80333 Munich

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Lecture is held in English | Admisssion free
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