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Hyper Daily 2016 Symposium

Meeting  /  Critical Thinking  /  05 Dec 2016
Published: 29.11.2016
Hyper Daily 2016 Symposium.
Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai
Jie Sun
Chan Yan

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The world is changing. It always has and always will. One thing we know for sure is that today the world is more dynamic than it ever was. Internationalization allows people to go beyond the limits of local cultures. But no doubt a homogenizing tendency is leveling cultural diversity. There are many perspectives to look at globalization but nothing could stop it. Globalization is transforming the world into a wonderland we have never imagined. You can either restrict or expand.
What is contemporaneity? In his book Anywhere or Not At All - Philosophy of Contemporary Art (2013), Peter Osborne explains that The contemporary appears there, first, structurally as idea, problem, fiction, task; and second, historically, in its most recent guise as the time of globally transnational. This also applies to the contemporary jewelry. The long history of jewelry involves many breakthroughs, some of which began with revolutionary talents, some of which are the result of development in craftsmanship or in material, or simply a change in the way of expressing views. In fact, no one can deny that the contemporary perspective has struck the infrastructure of jewelry in a way like never before. However, what is the value and significance of jewelry in our time? How do we wear or read or see a three-dimensional object with or without relation to the body? How do three-dimensional objects come about with new materials and craft culture, and how does that translate into new questions about form, concept and a new aesthetic? How can we bring this subject into communication with others, whether socially, commercially, culturally, politically? Such questions are highly relevant to us.

The HYPER DAILY 2016 Symposium, Towards Contemporaneity, International Contemporary Jewelry to be held in collaboration between the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) and the New Center of Contemporary Jewelry and Design Culture (NoCC) on December 5, 2016, will discuss the main topic of Man/Human in the context of contemporary jewelry.
Cultural institutions are important because of their educational function and the creative environment they provide where people of shared interests can communicate and exchange ideas. Today, the distinction between cultural and educational institutions and that between public and private education is becoming increasingly blurred.

The RAM is one of the pioneering cultural institutions in China that is committed to promoting innovation in artistic fields. It has played a significant role in facilitating the development of the contemporary visual art in China by providing a professional and international exhibition platform, and has contributed to the cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world.

The NoCC, as an international think tank built on the scholarly and institutional resources of the Tongji University, aims to be a creative power house that bridges the public and universities through a range of cooperative projects. The two institutions are in a very good position to work together to hold this symposium.

The symposium will be attended by scholars from different areas, who will engage in discussions over a range of topics from the history and the theories to the trends of the contemporary jewelry. These scholars will share their distinctive views from an international perspective, providing this symposium with an important culture edge and improving the audience understanding of jewelry as a subject in contemporary visual arts and Shanghai as a city of local and international significance for contemporary culture.

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Morning Session

9:00-9:45h: Sign In and Welcome Speech, Liu Yingjiu (Deputy Director of RAM), LOU Yongqi (Professor, Dean of Collage of Design and Innovation, Tongji University).

9:45-9:50h: Introduction, Jie Sun (Professor, Head of NoCC, D&I, Tongji University).

9:50-10:10h: Alba Cappellieri (Director of the Museum of Jewelry at the Palladian Basilica in Vicenza, Italy).
Man + Today -- Like Janus: Jewelry Today
Jewelry has always been an object between art, craft, fashion and design. Among the items that accompany our life and body, jewelry is one of the most static: production techniques and materials are the same as in the past, and so are shapes and typologies. While it was the twentieth century to change the perception and the purpose of the jewel – fostering a new fluidity in semantics, materials and value, truest characteristics of contemporaneity -- it is only recently that several design driven innovations were introduced, derived from contexts’ hybridization within jewelry. In the new millennium, jewelry is bridging its gap with design, the boundaries between art and design are becoming increasingly blurred, and the industrial dimension of design has been integrated with limited editions and unique pieces. The fragmentary nature of the present reveals glimpses of a future in which new materials and new technologies will have a key role in providing new meaning to jewelry. This work outlines the futures of jewelry, presenting the scenarios, the materials and the way how tradition meets innovation.

10:10-10:30h: Kim Buck (Well-known Jewellery Artist, Founder and Creative Director of the Secret Gallery in Copenhagen).
Man + Message
Jewelry as a unique form within the field of design, art and craft, is perceived and understood as a carrier of message and a communication tool which creates new meaning and significance in a variety of ways under the contemporary context. In this sense, some people also consider jewelry as a form of art. This might be true. As art has message, art has opinions, art relates to life and deals with difficult themes in life, art is difficult and disturbing, art does not care about, and has not always need to focus on beauty. So - is jewelry a piece of art? I am not going to try to answer this question. As for my jewelry pieces they do not give answers but make hints to the message or meaning. Using jewelry both as messages symbols and as items to be collected. There is also the need to react societal situations in between wearer and viewer, to which artists and designers are needed to be responsive. This then brings us to a contemporary understanding of jewelry.

10:30-10:50h: Yuehong Jiang (Art Historian and Curator, CAFA).
Man + Practice -- Relational Aesthetic Ways in Contemporary Jewelry Practices
Hellen Carnac recently wrote about the relational turn and contemporary jewelry as a thinking process. As Nicolas Bourriaud defined relational aesthetic, “an art taking as its theoretical horizon the realm of human interactions and its social context, rather than the assertion of an independent and private symbolic space.” Different from “aligning our practices with such narratives”, I want to discuss relational aesthetic factors in some contemporary jewelry works created by some artists included Chinese contemporary jewelry artists. Based on my observation and reflection, I would like to share my reflection on the process of relational aesthetic ways in contemporary jewelry practices, such as how to find the relation between the creation and the personal life, how to build the connections with complicated cultural, social and historical context and how to communicate the mixed interactions among the maker, wearer and viewer.

10:50-11:10h:  Refreshment Break.

11:10-11:30h: Dinie Besems (Well-known Dutch Jewelry Designer).
Man + Space -- House of Jewels
The project House of Jewels is a concept of contemporary jewelry creation, or could also be understood as a fiction, an idea, a story of house that I have never intended to build up in reality. But, everything that could be around is about jewelry. A house of inspiration, totally free of any limitations. Anything is possible. How do I deal with all these freedoms? First, I will give a name for each of the 25 chambers which bring an unexpected image to my audience. For instance, chamber of ugly, chamber of stones, chamber of clowns, chamber of sex, and chamber of the divine circle. All the chambers will be different in sizes, materials and colors, and be divided into the sectors as technology, gender, humor, value, symbolism, inspiration, romance and photography. Nothing is expected for the audience, extremely radical idea perhaps just right next to traditional one. The project House of Jewels creates the space for interdisciplinary interaction between design, art and architecture, to hold tried and tested ideas up to the light. During my talk, I will invite you to join the visiting of the house.

11:30-11:50h: Andy YUK (Deputy Head of NoCC, D&I, Tongji University).
A “Bit” of Jewelry (Choice of Jewelry People within Serious Social Revolution)
As the contradictory aggregation of Art and technology, craftsmanship and industry, private and public, daily & hyper daily, jewelry has never been presented as a solo player. From all the aspects that drive jewelry ahead during these 200 years, technology provides a pivotal and fundamental ingredient. However, right with the storm of great changing, we can easily discover the most vibrate and confused cases, if we talk about Eclecticism directly as outcome of the 1st industrial revolution; Great Depression of Swiss made watches directly as outcome of electronic revolution… we are facing similar scenario of our own age. From 3D printing to social media, from big data to artificial intelligence, from generative design to wearable device, new technologies provide new toolkits and new Paradigm which are about to reshape our world, and territory between design and art, production and promotion, marketing and engineering are blurred. Traditional creators are under enormous pressure, jump into the water or just stand by and watch. This is somewhere between exciting and confusion, and nobody is able to recognize whether inside the fog hiding the Noah's Ark or another swamp of Eclecticism. But Choice has been made.

11:50-12:30h: Q&A – DiscussantJie SUN (Professor, Head of NoCC, D&I, Tongji University).
Afternoon Session
14:30-14:50h: Märta Mattsson (Swedish Jewelry Designer, Artist).
Man + Psychology
By transforming personal fears into material objects and by using the technique of cognitive behavioral therapy, jewelry can be used as tools to conquer phobias. There is something fascinating about things that we should not want to look at. It is a very strange but interesting human behavior. Most humans have this dark side within them. If you look at history, why did people attend public hangings for instance? Is that something you really would want to see? And why do people watch horror movies? I have always been drawn to both biology and art and when I was growing up I had a personal battle, deciding whether to become a biologist or a jewelry maker. My mind was made up when I couldn’t face dissecting the eyeball of a sheep in science class. It’s strange but even though I was so interested in biology some things just repulsed me too much. In the beginning of my studies in jewelry art one of my first pieces was based on the feeling of attraction and repulsion. I became really fascinated with human emotions and how we feel towards different materials and subjects. This subject is an endless source of inspiration and I have continued exploring how these objects that I make trigger different emotions within people.

14:50-15:10h: Leo Caballero (Co Founder and Co Director of Klimt02, Spain).
Human + Communication
From Information to Knowledge. An attempt to overcome nowadays infoxication. From the spoken word to the writing. From the writing to press. Two acts in which the support-message pair varies. From the sound waves to paper. Today we are at the beginning of the third act, new technologies where the support is the hard and the message is the soft. In each act there have been changes and crises regarding the power, regarding the sender and recipient relationship, and with related to the real and the virtual. The form of reality is a network. This structure contains nodes. That's where communication takes place. The shape of the structure is what allows you to transform information into knowledge. Art works are structures created to transmit knowledge. Structuring information to communicate is our way to be part of this reality and avoid the noise of information (infoxication).

15:10-15:30h: Zhuang Dongdong (Head of Jewelry Department at TAFA, China).
Man + Craftsmanship -- The Bai Ethnic People and Their Sense of Craftsmanship and Cultural Heritage
As a Chinese saying goes that the unique features of a local environment always give special characteristics to its inhabitants, the Bai people, one of China’s ethnic minority groups living in Heqing County of Yunnan Province, where the Han culture, Bai culture and Tibetan culture converge, have produced a unique type of silverware featuring an inclusive artistic style under the influence of a blend of ethnic cultures. Their silver and bronze forging and ornamentation crafts have gradually developed into what they are today after having passed down from generation to generation. To this day, the time-honored legacy of handicraft has been deeply rooted in the daily life of the Bai people as their lifestyle. Its cultural connotation, i.e. craftsmanship represents a way of life, and life, a cultural form, is priceless and irreplaceable, and provides an important source of sampling for our studies of the inheritance of Chinese culture.

15:30-15:50h: Refreshment Break.
15:50-16:10h: Jorunn Veiteberg (Art Historian, Member of the Arts Council of the Norwegian Cultural Fund).
Man + Humor
In my talk I will discuss why humor is important and show how contemporary jewelry artists use irony, parody and absurdism in their work to comment on human life and social values.
16:10-16:30h: Hans Stofer (Professor, Head of the Jewelry & Metal Program at the RCA, London).
Man + Made
Man + Made will focus on the jeweler’s workshop, its place and role in history and will look at workshop practice and its relevance to an economy. The short lecture will also explore and reflect on the cultural importance of jewelry and the impact of creative thinking in this field on contemporary art and manufacturing practice, and why I believe jewelry to be a key subject within a forward-looking art educational portfolio.

16:30-17:15h: Q&A – Discussant, Jie SUN (Professor, Head of NoCC, D&I, Tongji University).

About Jie Sun:
Appointed Professor (National Distinguished Expert ) in the College of Design and Innovation (D&I) in Tongji University in Shanghai, Head of New Center of Contemporary Jewelry and Design Culture ( NoCC ). He is also the chairman of TRIPLE PARADE - the prestigious annual international exhibition project. He has actively engaged in both European and Asian design culture while worked in a various roles on major collaborative curatorial and design projects.
The HYPER DAILY 2016 Symposium.
The HYPER DAILY 2016 Symposium

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