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Annarita Bianco

Jeweller
Published: 25.03.2021

Intro
After graduating in architectural design and practicing graphic design I decided to combine practical making and theoric research by training as a goldsmith. At the end of 2019, I founded my studio Merıstėma Lab. Always looking for something that merges technological research and craftsmanship, humanistic studies, and scientific theories. Questioning the matter, seeking its unexpressed values is always my core topic of interest.

Statement

About Merıstėma Lab:
Blurring boundaries among disciplines, Merıstėma Lab is an experimental design studio. As in an alchemist laboratory, matter changes, substances melt, materials transform and suggestions coming from different fields merge to assume a different state. Like meristem – plants undifferentiated cells capable of cell division- any concept could take a shape that crosses traditional design fields: jewellery, graphic design, objects that hybridize traditional craft and technological progress, analogical and digital, biological and artificial.

About 3020:
The 3020 project is a possible scenario that depicts a future 1000 years from now. It tries to imagine how e-waste, the physical debris of the immaterial digital era, interferes with geological processes. 
Inspired by three main lithogenic processes - sedimentary, magmatic, and metamorphic - I have created three different kinds of synthetic rocks, which include USB cable waste. These cables are made up of an alloy of copper and silver. Cut, oxidized, heated, and granulated, the transformed wire is embedded in an epoxy resin casting. These new gems are set on a silver sheet whose shape is the result of two tangent circles which stand for natural and artificial realms establishing a connection first (T brooch set), that goes towards a complete overlap (U brooch set).
Graphical patterns, which are laser engraved on a silver sheet, represent an attempt to put together digital features and natural rock texture: a symbiosis of natural and post-digital fascination. 
Parallel layers inspired by sedimentary rock are translated into a corrupted signal, a glitch noise pattern. Porous volcanic rock recalls a dotted pattern which refers to hole-punched cards used in early computers to contain digital data.  Deformation waves typical in metamorphic rocks become a wind of bits, a visual representation of digital dataflow filling cyberspace.

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2021:
Exhibition  26 Sep 2021 - 06 Oct 2021  Shape of Nature 2021. Selected artist list announced.
Exhibition  10 Sep 2021 - 30 Sep 2021  Students Section at Gioielli in Fermento.
Award giving  29 May 2021 - 29 May 2021  Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2021 Winners.
Meeting  28 May 2021 - 29 May 2021  Legnica International Jewellery Festival Silver 2021.
Exhibition  22 May 2021 - 03 Jul 2021  Beauty and Wonder, jewelry.
Exhibition  11 Mar 2021 - 14 Mar 2021  Artificial Intelligems @ Munich Jewellery week 2021.
Virtual exhibition.
Exhibition  01 Mar 2021 - 31 Mar 2021  Arte y Joya 2020-2021.
Virtual exhibition.
2020:
Fair  22 Sep 2020 - 27 Sep 2020  Romanian Jewelry Week 1.0.
Exhibition  18 Sep 2020 - 18 Oct 2020  Zero Negative.
Hybridart Space, Budapest, Hungary.
2019:
Exhibition  14 Nov 2019 - 31 Jan 2020  Jewellery // Sculpture Edition III.

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Book:  Napoli. Design impermanente. Claudio Gambardella.  2020
pp. 132, 134-135
Catalogue:  Arte y Joya 2020-2021. Arte y Joya:  Barcelona,  2020
p.25
Magazine:  Contraste Magazine, October 2020. Grupo Duplex:  Barcelona,  2020
p.40
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