SchmuckDenken 5 - Thinking Jewellery

Meeting  /  18 May 2009  -  19 May 2009
Published: 26.02.2009

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The academic colloquium ‘Schmuck-Denken 5’ examines the complex relationships of jewellery with its wearer – and vice versa.
‘Schmuck-Denken’ will be continued as part of the ‘Idar-Obersteiner FormDiskurs 2010’.
‘Thinking-Jewellery 5’

On the way to developing a theory of jewellery ‘Schmuck-Denken’ is the attempt to reflect on what jewellery is. It concerns an interdisciplinary approach which extends beyond the respective categories of art or craft, applied or free: the exploration of what jewellery means – not what it looks like.
In 2005 some initial intellectual approaches were developed in an interdisciplinary discourse between ethnologists, philosophers, cultural scholars and natural scientists. In 2006 the approach was more of an analysis of the works and activities of conceptual jewellery artists such as Astfalck, Mackert or Nisslmüller, in order to devote the discussion to the complex relationship between
beauty and uniformity in 2007. In 2008 a debate ensued on the meaning of ornamentation for jewellery. ‘Schmuck-Denken 2009’ places the focus on jewellery as an object. Jewellery can be many things: It definitely comes under the category of loved objects (Habermas), with which their owner develops a very personal relationship. As a personal object which is a part of the character of its wearer, it supports him or her in their self-development and the profiling of their personality, both internally and externally. Sometimes jewellery becomes a fetish, thereby even acquiring its own power to act. At all events, jewellery can be described as an attribute. Jewellery in the sense of an attribute raises the question of identification. Marjan Unger reflects the theories of Allison Lurie when she writes: ‘I don’t wish to place too much emphasis on the point that ‘jewellery’ behaves like ‘language’, but rather that it contains a language.
The vocabulary would be the types of jewellery, supplemented by the symbolism of the forms, colours, motifs and any other references. The grammar would be how and when jewellery is worn and also who owns what pieces and who does not. In short: how people interact with jewellery.’

The academic colloquium ‘Schmuck-Denken 5’ examines the complex relationships of jewellery with its wearer – and vice versa.
‘Schmuck-Denken’ will be continued as part of the ‘Idar-Obersteiner FormDiskurs 2010’.
Wilhelm Lindemann, Curator, City of Idar-Oberstein, Schmuck-Denken“ ist ein Projekt der Stadt Idar-Oberstein und der Fachhochschule Trier, Studiengang „Edelstein- und Schmuckdesign“ Idar-Oberstein in Zusammenarbeit mit: (‘Thinking-Jewellery’ is a project of the city of Idar-Oberstein and the University of Applied Sciences Trier, Department of Gemstone and Jewellery Design in Idar-Oberstein in cooperation with:) Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst e.V.Hanau; Forum für Schmuck und Design e.V. Bonn; ARNOLDSCHE Verlagsanstalt Stuttgart.
Schirmherrin (Patron): Doris Ahnen, Ministerin für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Jugend und Kultur, Rheinland-Pfalz (minister of education, science, youth and culture)


Ausstellungen im Rahmen des Idar-Obersteiner FormDiskurs (Exhibitions related to the ‘Idar-Obersteiner FormDiskurs’)

Heroes 17.05. - 26.06.2009
Industriedenkmal Bengel, Wilhelmstr. 44, 55743 Idar-Oberstein

Truike Verdegaal – post from heaven - 18.05. – 26.06.2009
Fachhochschule Trier, Fachrichtung Edelstein- und
Schmuckdesign, Vollmersbachstr. 53 a, 55743 Idar-Oberstein

Paul Derrez – cool creator - 19.05. – 26.06.2009
Eröffnung 19.05.2009, 18.00 Uhr (Opening: May 19th, 18.00 pm)
Villa Bengel, Wilhelmstr. 44, 55743 Idar-Oberstein


Kontakt (contact):
Kulturamt Idar-Oberstein
Georg-Maus-Straße 1
D-55743 Idar-Oberstein
T: +49 (0)6781 64 118
F: +49 (0)6781 64 449

Tagungsadresse (venue):

Fachhochschule Trier
Fachrichtung Edelstein - und Schmuckdesign
Vollmersbachstraße 53a
D-55743 Idar-Oberstein
Idar-Obersteiner Formdiskurs