SchmuckDenken 4 – Thinking Jewellery

Meeting  /  19 May 2008  -  21 May 2008
Published: 09.05.2008

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In 2008, our 4th Symposium is dedicated to the ornament. Is jewellery per se decorating? Are there contemporary ornamental means of expression? What is their social context?
SD-IV "Ornament & Society"
On the way to a theory of jewellery

Under the title “Thinking - Jewellery” we are trying to reflect upon what jewellery really is. It is an interdisciplinary approach outside the respective categories of handicraft and art, either applied or liberal. It is the search for what jewellery amounts to, not about its appearance.

In 2005 ethnologists, philosophers, cultural and natural scientists started collecting ideas during an interdisciplinary discourse. In 2006 an approach was made through discussions and an analysis of different pieces of work and projects of conceptually- working jewellery artists. Manfred Nisslmüller presented some of his works for discussion as did Suska Mackert and Jivan Astfalck. Mackert and Astfalck also attended as speakers and participated in two of the four parallel exhibitions opened on the occasion of the colloquium in Idar-Oberstein.The 3rd colloquium of “Thinking – Jewellery” in 2007 focused on the complex relationship between beauty and uniformity. Among others Winfried Menninghaus, Birgit Richard and Bernhard Schobinger searched for an answer whether jewellery as a means of recognition is a tool of conformism or whether it may become an expression of non-conformism if used in a provocative attempt to distinguish oneself from society.


Ausstellungen im Rahmen des Idar-Obersteiner FormDiskurs: 

Bernd Munsteiner – Reflexionen in Stein
09.05. - Ende 10.2008
Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum, Hauptstraße 118, 55743 Idar-Oberstein
Idar-Obersteiner Modeschmuck aus dem 19. und 20. Jahrhundert
16.05. - 06.06.2008
Foyer der Kreissparkasse Birkenfeld, Platz Auf der Idar 2, 55743 Idar-Oberstein 

Lin Cheung
19.05. - 24.06.2008
Fachhochschule Trier, Studiengang Edelstein- und Schmuckdesign,
Vollmersbachstraße 53a, 55743 Idar-Oberstein 

Gijs Bakker & Emmy van Leersum – Werke
19.05. - 24.06.2008
Eröffnung 19.05.08, 16.00 Uhr (Opening: May 1rd, 16.00 pm)
Stiftung Jakob Bengel, Wilhelmstraße: 42a, 55743 Idar-Oberstein