Perhaps some of the reasons as to why jewellery is doing so well in comparison with other media right now, might become apparent at the Jemposium event in February. European focussed, which seems to be where it’s at right now, the guests are mainly multimedia artists with a focus or an interest in jewellery, but by no means exclusively and most work across various media including some ceramics.
The programme looks interesting and lively, starting Friday after lunch through to Sunday and including evening events. It includes pecha kucha sessions, presentations and panel discussions and will be a pointer for future ceramics conferences here perhaps.
International guests include…
Ted Noten – former psychiatric nurse and bricklayer the boundary testing maker of grand and challenging design projects has recently received the Dutch ‘Artist of the Year’ award over all visual arts winning 10,000 Euros. Working across multiple media Noten is a major coup as guest for the symposium. Most recently his work was in the Venice Biennale glass symposium.
Fabrizio Tredenti from Italy is multi media but loosely labelled ‘industrial archaeology’ and includes video and photographych
Karl Fritsch from Germany is now resident in Wellington and has recently been making ceramics and says ‘all media are equal’ and values none over another.
Liesbeth den Besten is an Amsterdam based art historian specialising in craft media and particularly jewellery. She writes for art and craft journals and lectures on applied arts plus serves as panel member for grant applications and chairs the Francoise Van Den Bosch Foundation.
All of the above internationals will be worth listening to plus lively additions from some of our own.
Cost $300 and go to… www.jemposium.co.nz to secure a place.