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Hilde Van der Heyden and Theo Smeets: 100 Carats, Fatal Transactions

Workshop  /  27 Feb 2012  -  02 Mar 2012
Published: 06.06.2012
Hilde Van der Heyden and Theo Smeets: 100 Carats, Fatal Transactions.
St Lucas University College of Art & Design Antwerp
Management:
Hilde De Decker
Dried fishes covered with diamonds (Naomie kolsteren and Eva Mundorff).
Dried fishes covered with diamonds (Naomie kolsteren and Eva Mundorff)

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Intro
A new approach to diamond-application,  developed within a new and contemporary artistic context. Masterclass: 100 Carats “Fatal Transactions” took place at St Lucas University earlier this spring.
The theme of this master class was: can a new approach to diamond-application, in all its forms, be developed within a new and contemporary artistic context, away from the clichématic and established uses in jewelry?
As only a very small percentage of mined diamonds can be cut and polished into gems, the large majority ends up in industrial applications, labeled “industrial diamond”. It is with these forms of industrial diamond, as an alternative to gems, that the master class-students could experiment with the purpose to develop a new and contemporary context as well as a new and meaningful approach to “diamond”.
This level of realization prompted it to be put on display and preferably in a confronting environment.  Where better could the artistic criticism of the world of the diamond-users and the presentation of contemporary artistic applications of industrial diamonds come in confrontation with the established diamond-world, than in the Diamond-Center in Antwerp? The exhibition attracted attention from the ‘locals’ and passers-by in this multicultural setting.

Masterclass: 100 Carats “Fatal Transactions” was organized by Hilde Van der Heyden and Theo Smeets
Starting point.
Starting point

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Research reflections (Robert van Heek).
Research reflections (Robert van Heek)

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100 ct rough diamonds.
100 ct rough diamonds

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Tin and diamonds (Jonathan Hens).
Tin and diamonds (Jonathan Hens)

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Dried fishes covered with diamonds (Naomie kolsteren and Eva Mundorff).
Dried fishes covered with diamonds (Naomie kolsteren and Eva Mundorff)

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Diamond seed (Loreta Visic).
Diamond seed (Loreta Visic)

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Globe with 100 Ct of diamonds (Arno Heeren).
Globe with 100 Ct of diamonds (Arno Heeren)

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Intervieuwed by the Antwerp TV.
Intervieuwed by the Antwerp TV

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Pills filled with diamond (Hatsuko Kobayashi).
Pills filled with diamond (Hatsuko Kobayashi)

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The experts gauging the presented works in the Antwerp Diamond Center..
The experts gauging the presented works in the Antwerp Diamond Center.

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Lush to the sparkling toothpaste from Nathalie Van Durme.
Lush to the sparkling toothpaste from Nathalie Van Durme

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Presentation at Rubin and son.
Presentation at Rubin and son

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Masterclass, 2012, students Theo Smeets and Hilde Van der Heyden.
Masterclass, 2012, students Theo Smeets and Hilde Van der Heyden

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