ThinkingJewellery XII: 2021 The Political Challenge of Art

Meeting  /  OnlineOnly  /  12 Oct 2021  -  17 Oct 2021
Published: 11.10.2021

© By the author. Read Copyright.

"ThinkingJewellery" is an attempt to reflect on what jewellery is. It is about an interdisciplinary approach beyond the relevant categories of craft or art, applied or free: about exploring what jewellery is - not what it looks like. The need for adornment and jewellery has accompanied mankind as an anthropological constant from the very beginning. As an important cultural asset, jewellery is constantly reinterpreted in all eras. ThinkingJewellery brings together analyses and perspectives for action that are relevant to artistic practice.
Theme of ThinkingJewellery XII: The Political Challenge of Art
Can the arts be satisfied with a role as a supplier of consumer goods on the cultural industry market? Or is it time to focus more on the political implications of art in order to deal more proactively with contemporary social issues? 
At the beginning of the 20th century, when the industrial revolution had unhinged the old world, the response of modern art was a socio-politically understood programme for the reconciliation of science, technology and society through art.
Since the 1970s, this programme has been considered a failure. The unleashed economy of the post-industrial age and globalization have brought the earth to the brink of ecological collapse and exacerbated social injustice. At the same time, the late effects of colonization and the digital revolution have posed new cultural and political challenges. More profound changes are ahead than those of the industrial revolution.
ThinkingJewellery XII gathers - with jewellery in mind - exemplary analyses and discusses perspectives for action under the aspect of political premises.

  • Tuesday 12th October 2021
18:00 Welcome & Introduction
Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann, president of the Trier University of Applied Sciences (TUAS), Prof. Theo Smeets, head of the Dept. of Gemstones and Jewellery, TUAS, campus Idar-Oberstein

18:30 Nur sauber gekämmt sind wir wirklich frei – Politische Aspekte in Schmuckobjekten von B.S. im Kontext ihrer Zeit
Bernhard Schobinger, jeweller (Lecture in German)
  • Wednesday 13th October 2021
18:30 Jewellery: resources and material in the context of politics and power
Dr. Claudia Banz, art historian, curator at the Museum of Decorative Arts, Berlin

19:30 Jewellery as social phenomenon
Julia Wild M.A., historian, research associate at the TUAS, campus Idar-Oberstein
Jewellery is a social code that triggers something in the wearer as well as in the observer: it can be read, generate approval, but also cause irritation. Jewellery causes us to judge the person wearing it, to classify them in our "worldview". As social beings, we react consciously or unconsciously to these signs, enjoy them, are fascinated by them or reject them, perceive them as inappropriate. They are signs that position the wearer of jewellery as well as the viewer in a social space and are thus politically effective.
Human interaction is subject to an ongoing process of balancing, negotiating and representing positions. An important function of jewellery is to make these processes and the underlying changes visible. In this process the two poles within this negotiation process materialise in jewellery, namely the connecting as well as the distinctive element. Jewellery makes these accessible and tangible. The materiality of jewellery allows people to relate to its inherent connective or distinguishing value in visible symbolic acts. Such actions may be: wearing it, appreciating it in others, guarding it or referring to it, or even changing, destroying or forgetting it. By using jewellery as a code, it is not only an access to a transcendental world of ideas, but also a form of expression of our social and thus also political will to shape things.  
  • Thursday 14th October 2021
17:00 Schmuck und Politik - Anmerkungen zur Geschichte des Schmucks in Deutschland Wilhelm Lindemann, author, Alsenz (Lecture in German – English text available)

18:00 Pecunia Expergisci Debet
Pieter Lemmens, artist, Amsterdam
From a strong social and societal engagement, Pieter Lemmens plays with the relations between art and power in his work and expresses relevant themes of the time. As a witness to his own time, he feels drawn to comment on it in a creative, playful and ironic, but also serious way. Within his umbrella theme, his imaginary company Q P & S, Lemmens creates his views on what is happening in the (art) world when it comes to the dynamics and organisation within the various networks of production, participation, reception and distribution. To this end he pulls out all the stops and, although the aesthetic results of each work are surprisingly different, his own handwriting remains visible, both literally and figuratively.  (P. Snoeks)

19:00 Opening of the Pieter Lemmens exhibition „Rideo Ergo Sum“ @ Trier University of Applied Sciences, Idar-Oberstein
  • Friday 15th October 2021
17:00 A personal view on political art
Prof. Eva-Maria Kollischan, professor for art at the TUAS, campus Idar-Oberstein
Being an artist means being a political person, no matter what the artistic work is about. Visual art has a special relationship with our society and history. Art is at the same time a part of society and takes a look at it from the outside. A work of art is something different from a protest or a political action. What can art do, what does it want? What if art wants nothing? This lecture takes a look back at some historical positions in political art and gives a reflection on being an artist in a time like ours, with circumstances that more and more require us to take a clear position and get involved.

19:00 Opening of the Bruce Asbestos exhibition „S/S2020 and S/S2021“ @ gallery Pfälzer Hof
  • Saturday 16th October 2021
15:00 Prints and Politics
Dr. Dorit Schäfer, head of the Department of Prints and Drawings, State Art Museum, Karlsruhe 16:00 Identity Markers
David Bielander, jeweller, Munich
Prints, because of their reproducibility, play a prominent role in the theme of art and politics. Since the emergence of printmaking in the 15th century, it has been used by artists and rulers to make political statements - as commissioned art by those in power to secure their positions or as resistance by the governed to oppression and injustice. Unlike any other medium, thousands of prints of an artistically worked woodblock, copper plate or litho stone on light, mobile and inexpensive paper allowed the dissemination of theses and motifs that were politically highly explosive. In addition, printmaking offered artists a creative freedom in a wide variety of techniques that inspired them to innovative, sometimes decidedly provocative formulations. Through selected examples from six centuries, the lecture will discuss the history and significance of a medium in which free art and political motivation enter into extraordinary dialogues.

17:30 Opening of David Bielander exhibition „Jewellery“ @ The Jakob Bengel Foundation and Kyoco Taniyama exhibition „Ishi No Tabi, Yama“ @ gallery Chrom VI
  • Sunday 17th October 2021
14:00 Tamina Amadyar – painting space
Tamina Amadyar, artist, associate professor of painting and graphic art at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design

>> For complete information please visit the webiste.

Fee and Registration
Online Lectures: 9 € per lecture (student's discount: 40%)
To attend the symposium online you need to register via:
The link will be sent max. 72h after payment.
Exhibitions: free

Wilhelm Lindemann: +49 (0)173 937 4403
Theo Smeets: +49 (0)6781 94 630

ThinkingJewellery XII gathers—with jewellery in mind—exemplary analyses and discusses perspectives for action under the aspect of political premises. ThinkingJewellery is a project of the city of Idar-Oberstein and the Department of Gemstones and Jewellery at the Idar-Oberstein Campus of the Trier University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with the Jakob Bengel Foundation.

Patron: Clemens Hoch, Minister of science and health, Rhineland-Palatinate

Wilhelm Lindemann.
Wilhelm Lindemann

© By the author. Read Copyright.
David Bielander .
David Bielander

© By the author. Read Copyright.
Tamina Amadyar .
Tamina Amadyar

© By the author. Read Copyright.
Bernhard Schobinger.
Bernhard Schobinger

© By the author. Read Copyright.
Prof. Eva-Maria Kollischan.
Prof. Eva-Maria Kollischan

© By the author. Read Copyright.
Dr. Claudia Banz.
Dr. Claudia Banz

© By the author. Read Copyright.
Julia Wild M.A..
Julia Wild M.A.

© By the author. Read Copyright.