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Technology and the Digital World Play a Central Role in My Work. Interview with Annarita Bianco by Klimt02

Interview
Published: 07.05.2021
Annarita Bianco Annarita Bianco
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2021
Annarita Bianco. Brooch: Union 03, 2020. Silver, e-waste, epoxy resin, laser engraving, laser welding.. 5 x 1.4 x 5 cm. Annarita Bianco
Brooch: Union 03, 2020
Silver, e-waste, epoxy resin, laser engraving, laser welding.
5 x 1.4 x 5 cm
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Intro
How machines, the digital revolution, and technology have changed our relationship with nature? What kind of connection body establishes with machines? What is the relationship among the elements that compose these hybrid networks? With my practice, I try to investigate those questions.
Tell us about your background. What were your first influences to be creative and become an artist and what has drawn you to contemporary jewellery?
I began my training as an interior architect, I was fascinated by being able to stimulate intimate reactions, evoke feelings, use the configuration of spaces and different materials as a means of communication. During my studies, I realized that I was not satisfied with the design part alone, disconnected from manual practice; I wanted to get more in touch with the material, study it, manipulate it to bring out unexpected values. That is why I chose to attend a school of goldsmithing. Contemporary jewelry seemed almost a natural choice for me, because it is a combination of experimentation, speculation, intimacy and expressiveness. A contemporary jewel is not merely a decorative object, it is a means to convey and express the spirit of the times, the Zeitgeist, of our post-digital Era. Jewelry becomes an instrument of speculative thinking.
 
 
How important is networking for you in your professional practice and what are your preferred tools for this?
Sharing visions, impressions and suggestions is an important part of personal research. During the pandemic, social networks and video chat platforms have certainly increased connections that would be difficult to make in other ways. Even though jewelry lives on physicality and haptic as well as visual perception, research work is fuelled by ideas and fortunately, these can be released from the matter. I was able to virtually meet artists, researchers, and designers I would otherwise have had difficulty reaching. I also noticed that many were more willing to share ideas, techniques, and processes.
 
 
What are your general thoughts on the contemporary jewellery world, (education, market, development...), where do you see chances and where are dead ends?
Although I have only recently become part of this field, I have been following exhibitions and publications with interest for a long time. I believe that in recent years this sector has grown exceptionally: fairs, exhibitions, initiatives have raised awareness on contemporary jewelry and it seems that there is still room for growth. The public is interested in something unique and the result of research both theoretical and technical has also increased. However, there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of communicating this type of work.
 

Thinking about your career, what role do technology and the digital play in your artistic development & communication?
Technology and the digital world play a central role in my work, not only because of some modern processes I use such as laser engraving, 3D printing, laser welding, but it is also a source of constant inspiration. One of the themes that I explore is the relationship between man and the products of technology, humankind, and cyberspace. Nowadays we are living in a hybrid reality, we are flooded with entities that straddle the boundary between humans and nonhumans, natural and artificial.
How machines, the digital revolution, and technology have changed our relationship with nature? What kind of connection body establishes with machines? What is the relationship among the elements that compose these hybrid networks? With my practice, I try to investigate those questions.
 

How has your work changed over the past few years and what are you excited about these days?
I have always had a very physical approach even when designing spaces or graphics, I have always enjoyed experimenting with materials and craft techniques. Certainly attending goldsmithing courses and working in a workshop has allowed me to gain many specific skills and gave me a more solid method. In the future, I would like to mix ancient techniques such as water and sand casting with digital processes.
 
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