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Published: 13.07.2021
PXL-MAD campus, photo by Anneleen Swillen..
PXL-MAD campus, photo by Anneleen Swillen.

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Intro
Our focus is on artistic practice where your personal practice takes centre stage. Unique in our programme is the link between theory, research and practice. Our student-centred approach to teaching helps students become professional artists who are confident and self-motivated. We encourage artists to work together across disciplines. All of our teaching staff are professionals, familiar with artistic visual research. Some are internationally renowned and exhibit their work worldwide. Our University College also works with many famous international visiting lecturers and tutors.
 
The department of OBJECT & JEWELLERY at PXL-MAD School of Arts, Hasselt (B) offers an artistic academic course, consisting of three bachelor years (180 study-points) and one master year (60 study-points). The course revolves around experimentation and research, for which thinking and doing are in constant interaction. The ambiguous position that the field of object-making and jewellery takes within the world of the visual arts, crafts and design is seen as an inspiring starting point that is constantly questioned in order to develop a critical attitude towards our own discipline.

Experimenting with materials and designs in combination with an inquiring attitude are key in this programme.
Initially, training will focus on the research of the form, the techniques and the material through assignments and project-based learning. Gradually we move our focus towards content-related problems. The ambiguous position that the subject occupies within the landscape of the Visual Arts, crafts and design is an inspiring starting point that is constantly questioned. In this era of cross-overs we find the quality in the hybrid object: the jewel as a carrier of a concept of ideas, not traditionally bound to material or techniques. Through this approach the jewel becomes both Visual Art and design.   


Strengths of the programme
Our academic programme focuses on artistic practice and research on image and design combined with a personal interpretation. The interaction between theory, research and artistic practice, as implemented within Visual Arts, is quite unique and is based on the need to give a specific voice to theory and research in this artistic practice. By means of this integration, extra dimensions are being added to artistic practice.
From the start, through project-based learning, students are immersed in the world of contemporary jewellery and objects, ranging from the technical foundations to the most avant-garde and innovative trends.
The programme follows a pattern of growing complexity along the consecutive objectives to ‘initiate, deepen and specialize’ students. At the end of the third year a personal visual research is being initiated in the bachelor thesis. This is the starting point for a master and may even result in a doctorate in Visual Arts.
 

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2021:
Exhibition  26 Jul 2021 - 27 Jul 2021  PXL-MAD School of Arts. MA Degree Show 2021.
2020:
Open call  22 Dec 2020 - 14 Jan 2021  Open Call for Artificial Intelligems.
Lectures  15 Oct 2020 - 15 Oct 2020  Thursday Talks: uncommon matters by Amélie Riech.
Exhibition  27 Jun 2020 - 18 Jul 2020  MA Graduation Show EXIT Exended.
Huis Pauwels Spaenjers – Multiple, Hasselt.
Exhibition  24 Jun 2020 - 24 Jun 2020  BA graduation show: NEXIT.
PXL-MAD School of Arts, Hasselt.
Exhibition  19 Jun 2020 - 18 Jul 2020  PXL-MAD School of Arts. MA Degree Show 2020.
Exhibition  19 Jun 2020 - 21 Jun 2020  MA graduation show: EXIT.
CCHA Cultuurcentrum, Hasselt.
Lecture  30 Apr 2020 - 30 Apr 2020  Thursday Talks with Evert Nijlandt.
PXL-MAD School of Arts, Hasselt.
Lecture  19 Mar 2020 - 19 Mar 2020  Thursday Talks with Simon Cottrell.
PXL-MAD School of Arts, Hasselt.
Exhibition  12 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020  MAD Walk.
Trippen shop Munich and the city of Munich. Exhibition and Mobile Presentation.
Exhibition  11 Mar 2020 - 13 Mar 2020  PXLMADwalk Rerouted.
Lecture  27 Feb 2020 - 27 Feb 2020  Thursday Talks with Claudia Lepik.
PXL-MAD School of Arts, Hasselt.
Lecture  13 Feb 2020 - 13 Feb 2020  Thursday Talks: Seemingly Simple Shapes with Nedda El-Asmar.
PXL-MAD School of Arts, Hasselt.
Lectures  13 Feb 2020 - 13 Feb 2020  Thursday Talks: Seemingly Simple Shapes with Nedda El-Asmar.
Exhibition  06 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020  MAD Valentine.
Huis Pauwels Spaenjers - Multiple.
2019:
Exhibition  27 Jun 2019 - 07 Jul 2019  PXL - MAD School of Arts. BA Degree Show 2019.
Exhibition  21 Jun 2019 - 23 Jun 2019  PXL - MAD School of Arts. MA Degree Show 2019.
Open call  17 May 2019 - 03 Jun 2019  Open Call for full-time PhD-students in the Visual arts.
Lectures  23 Apr 2019 - 23 Apr 2019  Artist Talk with Herman Hermsen.
2018:
Meeting  21 Nov 2018 - 21 Nov 2018  Talk show with Ruudt Peters and Anneleen Swillen.
Exhibition  19 Aug 2018 - 31 Oct 2018  Marzee International Graduate Show 2018.
Exhibition  15 Jul 2018 - 08 Sep 2018  Next Generation.
Exhibition  28 Jun 2018 - 14 Sep 2018  PXL - MAD School of Arts. BA Degree Show 2018.
Exhibition  22 Jun 2018 - 24 Jun 2018  PXL - MAD School of Arts. MA Degree Show 2018.
Award giving  10 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018  Talente Competition 2018 Winners.
2017:
Exhibition  23 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017  PXL-MAD School of Arts. MA Degree Show 2017.
Exhibition  10 Jun 2017 - 16 Sep 2017  PXL-MAD School of Arts. BA Degree Show 2017.
Award giving  11 Mar 2017 - 11 Mar 2017  Talente Competition 2017 Winners.
Fair  08 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017  Schmuck 2017.
Exhibition  07 Mar 2017 - 12 Mar 2017  noMADs.
2016:
Exhibition  24 Jun 2016 - 26 Jun 2016  EXIT16, Master Graduation Show.

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Book:  David Huycke: Risky Business. 25 Years of Silver Objects. Salens, PietArnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2019
MASieraad Hasselt-Amsterdam Trailer
Marley White
2020
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PXL-MAD School of Arts. Jewellery Design Workshop Tour
PXL-MAD School of Arts
2020
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Maria Konschake. Object: 19°26‘05.8“N 99°07‘52.9“W, 2020. Marble, steel.. 8.5 x 8.5 x 4 cm. Photo by: Maria Konschake. From series: Vergessen. Unwearable marble brooch object / body related object. 
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. Statement: “About space and identity“ is a visualization of European cultural identity within the field of jewellery. It deals with the rooms, areas, zones and districts of European history and scrutinizes the connection between jewellery and cultural identity. 5 points of view show not only the plurality of the cultural memory, but also the European struggle between unity and diversity. “Vergessen” is a series of unwearable marble brooch objects that remind us of the things we lost. “Prägung" is a single pendant that relates to the things that shaped us. “Abgrund" is the abyss. The object refers to the lowest point we have ever reached in European history. “Abbild" is our portrait. The row of rings and the wall object visualize the permanence of the building as an observer of time. “Hoffnung" is hope. The cup series refers to the positive, shared vision of a European future.
.  . Maria Konschake
Object: 19°26‘05.8“N 99°07‘52.9“W, 2020
Marble, steel.
8.5 x 8.5 x 4 cm
Photo by: Maria Konschake
From series: Vergessen
Unwearable marble brooch object / body related object.

Statement: “About space and identity“ is a visualization of European cultural identity within the field of jewellery. It deals with the rooms, areas, zones and districts of European history and scrutinizes the connection between jewellery and cultural identity. 5 points of view show not only the plurality of the cultural memory, but also the European struggle between unity and diversity. “Vergessen” is a series of unwearable marble brooch objects that remind us of the things we lost. “Prägung" is a single pendant that relates to the things that shaped us. “Abgrund" is the abyss. The object refers to the lowest point we have ever reached in European history. “Abbild" is our portrait. The row of rings and the wall object visualize the permanence of the building as an observer of time. “Hoffnung" is hope. The cup series refers to the positive, shared vision of a European future.
 
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Annika Ingelaere Sulfurous. Necklace: Sulfurous, 2020. Fine silver, enamel, glass beads, silver chain.. 13 x 55 cm. Photo by: Annika Ingelaere Sulfurous. From series: Zooming in, zooming out. 
. Statement: When you compare landscapes in relation to a zoomed-in image of a seed, certain similarities are significant. For example, the polygon and the organic surface occurs similarly in both the landscape and the microscopic seed. When observing the zoomed-out images of some of man’s polluted landscapes a certain aesthetic beauty can be seen. As ironic as it may be, the pollution shows its true form in the colours and rough formations that have spread across the land. The silver jewellery in this project is an investigation into form, colour and the structure found in both nature and pollution.. Annika Ingelaere Sulfurous
Necklace: Sulfurous, 2020
Fine silver, enamel, glass beads, silver chain.
13 x 55 cm
Photo by: Annika Ingelaere Sulfurous
From series: Zooming in, zooming out

Statement: When you compare landscapes in relation to a zoomed-in image of a seed, certain similarities are significant. For example, the polygon and the organic surface occurs similarly in both the landscape and the microscopic seed. When observing the zoomed-out images of some of man’s polluted landscapes a certain aesthetic beauty can be seen. As ironic as it may be, the pollution shows its true form in the colours and rough formations that have spread across the land. The silver jewellery in this project is an investigation into form, colour and the structure found in both nature and pollution.
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Charlotte Vanhoubroeck. Brooch: N° 49, 2020. Soapstone, sterling silver.. Photo by: Simon Debbaut-L'Ecluse. From series: Stilled Sentiments. Statement: In 1850 our first Belgian queen Louise-Marie d’Orléans died. Her Estate Inventory, a document kept in the State Archives of Belgium, describes and values the 300 jewellery items she owned at the time of her death. More than a hundred of those are so-called sentimental jewellery pieces. They are carriers of memories and sentiments, which were incorporated as miniature portraits, human locks of hair, engraved messages, and so on. Since almost all of Louise’s jewellery has gone lost, the Inventory functions as an exclusive carrier of the pieces, just as the pieces were carriers of sentiments. Based on the descriptions, Louise’s sentimental jewellery, which was on the verge of oblivion, is reactivated from a contemporary point of view. The newly created objects construct an alternative version of the myth around Louise-Marie d’Orléans and will bring this somehow forgotten queen closer to today’s audience.. Charlotte Vanhoubroeck
Brooch: N° 49, 2020
Soapstone, sterling silver.
Photo by: Simon Debbaut-L'Ecluse
From series: Stilled Sentiments
Statement: In 1850 our first Belgian queen Louise-Marie d’Orléans died. Her Estate Inventory, a document kept in the State Archives of Belgium, describes and values the 300 jewellery items she owned at the time of her death. More than a hundred of those are so-called sentimental jewellery pieces. They are carriers of memories and sentiments, which were incorporated as miniature portraits, human locks of hair, engraved messages, and so on. Since almost all of Louise’s jewellery has gone lost, the Inventory functions as an exclusive carrier of the pieces, just as the pieces were carriers of sentiments. Based on the descriptions, Louise’s sentimental jewellery, which was on the verge of oblivion, is reactivated from a contemporary point of view. The newly created objects construct an alternative version of the myth around Louise-Marie d’Orléans and will bring this somehow forgotten queen closer to today’s audience.

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Madeli Viljoen. Set: Avesinformis parure, 2020. Sterling silver, borosilicate glass.. Approx. 4 x 3 x 9 cm. Photo by: Madeli Viljoen. From series: Avesinformis. 
. Statement: My contemporary cabinet of curiosities was born out of the nostalgia for my home country South Africa’s diminishing natural wildlife. The fragmented memories of observing them as a child in the rural landscape, inspired the symbolic metamorphosis of collected animal bones and remnants of skin, transformed into abject specimens. Aiming to preserve the delicate details and sense of wonder I encountered upon finding these remnants in nature, I portray them as cherished artefacts. Through a fusion of bio-morphic abstracted forms in the glass with replicated organic remnants in metal, I seek to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of introspection, attraction and repulsion.  There is a strong symbiosis between the artificial and the natural, representing human interference with nature. The jewellery depicts curious specimens of exaggerated mutations, envisaging what could happen to fauna in the future if humans continue with practices that pollute and alter the environment.. Madeli Viljoen
Set: Avesinformis parure, 2020
Sterling silver, borosilicate glass.
Approx. 4 x 3 x 9 cm
Photo by: Madeli Viljoen
From series: Avesinformis

Statement: My contemporary cabinet of curiosities was born out of the nostalgia for my home country South Africa’s diminishing natural wildlife. The fragmented memories of observing them as a child in the rural landscape, inspired the symbolic metamorphosis of collected animal bones and remnants of skin, transformed into abject specimens. Aiming to preserve the delicate details and sense of wonder I encountered upon finding these remnants in nature, I portray them as cherished artefacts. Through a fusion of bio-morphic abstracted forms in the glass with replicated organic remnants in metal, I seek to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of introspection, attraction and repulsion.  There is a strong symbiosis between the artificial and the natural, representing human interference with nature. The jewellery depicts curious specimens of exaggerated mutations, envisaging what could happen to fauna in the future if humans continue with practices that pollute and alter the environment.
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Simón Mazuera. Brooch: Dark Paradise, Deseo Opaco, Bleak Eden, Dull Sex, Cloudy Dreams and Dismal Happiness, 2020. Glass, copper, steel.. From 8 x 3 x 4 cm to 11 x 4 x 3.5 cm. From series: Floating Steps. Statement: Floating Steps has the intention to generate a spark within us so that we question ourselves and explore in our unconscious what our true fears are. Also, to get to know us better, starting with the negative aspects in order to make all the positive things inside ourselves flourish. These pieces are a reminder that we are vulnerable humans, where we constantly strive to be superheroes that we will never be. The idea of each brooch is to show how fear is inside us. Where we can only discover it with an action or decision we make. In this case, the decision is to be able to seek the unknown fear and identify it, hidden inside.. Simón Mazuera
Brooch: Dark Paradise, Deseo Opaco, Bleak Eden, Dull Sex, Cloudy Dreams and Dismal Happiness, 2020
Glass, copper, steel.
From 8 x 3 x 4 cm to 11 x 4 x 3.5 cm
From series: Floating Steps
Statement: Floating Steps has the intention to generate a spark within us so that we question ourselves and explore in our unconscious what our true fears are. Also, to get to know us better, starting with the negative aspects in order to make all the positive things inside ourselves flourish. These pieces are a reminder that we are vulnerable humans, where we constantly strive to be superheroes that we will never be. The idea of each brooch is to show how fear is inside us. Where we can only discover it with an action or decision we make. In this case, the decision is to be able to seek the unknown fear and identify it, hidden inside.

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Pia David. Ring: Flat Ring, 2018. Brass, lacquer.. 5 x 5 x 0.1 cm. From series: @Jewelleryli(k)es. 
. Fake it till you make it! Do keep this aphorism in mind while looking at the project @jewelleryli(k)es. Within the project, jewellery is seen as a social lie inspired by Instagram as a (social) medium. Pia David plays with the idea that everything can be used as a part of the image. Instagram takes centre stage.  The white lie lies in the analogue translation of the Instagram fake. This is expressed in three groups of work: painted two-dimensional jewellery, pieces with quotes for the sane and sensible and glass ‘filters’ as adornment for the world surrounding us.
. #jewellerylikes #jewellerylies #contemporaryjewellery #piadavidjewellery #socialmediajewellery  #instagrampretty #honestlife #flat #image #analogue #sociallie #statement #filter #socialmedium. Pia David
Ring: Flat Ring, 2018
Brass, lacquer.
5 x 5 x 0.1 cm
From series: @Jewelleryli(k)es

Fake it till you make it! Do keep this aphorism in mind while looking at the project @jewelleryli(k)es. Within the project, jewellery is seen as a social lie inspired by Instagram as a (social) medium. Pia David plays with the idea that everything can be used as a part of the image. Instagram takes centre stage.  The white lie lies in the analogue translation of the Instagram fake. This is expressed in three groups of work: painted two-dimensional jewellery, pieces with quotes for the sane and sensible and glass ‘filters’ as adornment for the world surrounding us.
#jewellerylikes #jewellerylies #contemporaryjewellery #piadavidjewellery #socialmediajewellery  #instagrampretty #honestlife #flat #image #analogue #sociallie #statement #filter #socialmedium

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Janika Slowik. Necklace: Interference Pendant, 2018. Stainless steel, plastic, Swarovski brilliant, silver chain.. 15 x 15 x 1 cm. Photo by: Janika Slowik. From series: Jewellery Moment. Part of The Art of School collection with artworks from alumni, PXL-MAD, School of Arts, Hasselt.. Janika Slowik
Necklace: Interference Pendant, 2018
Stainless steel, plastic, Swarovski brilliant, silver chain.
15 x 15 x 1 cm
Photo by: Janika Slowik
From series: Jewellery Moment
Part of The Art of School collection with artworks from alumni, PXL-MAD, School of Arts, Hasselt.

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Kristy Bujanic. Object: Petrified, 2017. Soapstone, silver, remanium.. 8 x 5 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Kristy Bujanic. Kristy Bujanic
Object: Petrified, 2017
Soapstone, silver, remanium.
8 x 5 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Kristy Bujanic
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Ilke Matthys. Necklace: Untitled, 2016. Acrylic resin, concrete powder, silver, steel bolts, nylon coated steel wire.. Photo by: Ilke Matthys. Part of The Art of School collection with artworks from alumni, PXL-MAD, School of Arts, Hasselt.. Ilke Matthys
Necklace: Untitled, 2016
Acrylic resin, concrete powder, silver, steel bolts, nylon coated steel wire.
Photo by: Ilke Matthys
Part of The Art of School collection with artworks from alumni, PXL-MAD, School of Arts, Hasselt.

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Sarah Reynders. Object: Abject, 2016. Foam, epoxy, PU coating.. 24 x 20 x 3 cm. Photo by: Isabelle Reynders. From series: ABJECT. Sarah Reynders
Object: Abject, 2016
Foam, epoxy, PU coating.
24 x 20 x 3 cm
Photo by: Isabelle Reynders
From series: ABJECT
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An Jonckers. Bracelet: Physical Sovereignty I, 2014. Cherry wood, copper.. 10 x 7 x 1.2 cm. Photo by: David Huycke. From series: A Curtsy to the Ornament. An Jonckers
Bracelet: Physical Sovereignty I, 2014
Cherry wood, copper.
10 x 7 x 1.2 cm
Photo by: David Huycke
From series: A Curtsy to the Ornament
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Machteld Lambeets. Necklace: Untitled, 2014. Bioresin, aluminium, wood shavings, color pigment.. Photo by: Machteld Lambeets. From series: De draagbare dood. Machteld Lambeets
Necklace: Untitled, 2014
Bioresin, aluminium, wood shavings, color pigment.
Photo by: Machteld Lambeets
From series: De draagbare dood
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Gésine Hackenberg. Brooch: Tangerine butterfly, 2013. Copper. Photo by: Stefanie Geerts. From series: Daily Delicious. Gésine Hackenberg
Brooch: Tangerine butterfly, 2013
Copper
Photo by: Stefanie Geerts
From series: Daily Delicious
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Han Sangdeok. Object: Livestock castrated, 2013. Iron, nickel silver, porcelain.. 29 x 21 x 23 cm. Photo by: David Huycke. From series: Livestock. Han Sangdeok
Object: Livestock castrated, 2013
Iron, nickel silver, porcelain.
29 x 21 x 23 cm
Photo by: David Huycke
From series: Livestock
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Dries Dockx. Object: Cast, 2010. Silver, patinated.. 10 x 11 x 25 cm. Photo by: David Huycke. Dries Dockx
Object: Cast, 2010
Silver, patinated.
10 x 11 x 25 cm
Photo by: David Huycke
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