Tuesday afternoon lecture – Dominik Cunningham – stream link available!

Dear students, alumni, friends, and colleagues of the Jewellery – Linking Bodies department,

After a regenerative May break, we are back with our next Tuesday afternoon lecture, this time with Dominik Cunningham.
Dominik is currently an Artist in Residence at the Francoise van den Bosch foundation , and we are happy to collaborate yet again, inviting their resident to share their practice with our community.

Dominik will give a lecture titled: Making present an absence: analyzing death through a personal queer perspective, about this lecture he writes:

In this lecture I would like to contextualize the journey of exploration present in my new body of work – showcasing the multiple vantage points from which I have considered the point, in which my personal ideas of death and queerness inform each other. Queerness and my personal ideas on death seem to exemplify my sense of existential self. My material experience and understanding of the world are fundamentally tied to the connection I have to my queerness and my relationship with my own mortality.

I recalled moments in my life, such as the first family holiday after my mother’s death in which I sat on a beach and read the teachings of the Buddha. That moment and a subsequent visit to a Buddhist temple were seminal in my imagining of death. It is moments such as this that have been coupled with research into David Wojnarowicz’s work, particularly his memoir of disintegration “Close to the Knives”, which allows for me to synthesize my work into an assemblage of considered objects. Imbuing within them my personal perspective, which hopefully aligns itself to others of similar thought. Circumstance has been a guiding force, in relation to reference points as well as the materiality of the pieces – which is why I have intentionally allowed myself to be guided by my intuition in the process of creating this work. The work is fundamentally the representation of a journey that has taken many years to cultivate.

Dominik Cunningham (1998) is currently based in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. He received his BA in Jewelry Design from Central Saint Martins in London, U.K. He has won a series of awards during his time at Central Saint Martins including the Theo Fennell Award for Best Design(2022), the Swarovski Foundation Scholarship(2022), and the Marzee Graduate Prize(2022). In 2023 he exhibited work at Munich Jewelry Week with Vitsœ. A piece from his graduate collection is held in the Marzee permanent Collection. Recently he has finished his collaboration with Current Obsession in their talent accelerator program GemZ. This collaboration culminated in an exhibition at the Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. This summer he will be creating a new body of work at the Francoise van den Bosch Foundation Artist Residency. He is also working on a solo exhibition as well as several other group exhibitions for the upcoming year.

We look forward to welcome Dominik Cunningham
Tuesday 14.5.2024
FedLev Auditorium
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Fred. Roeskestraat 961076 ED Amsterdam

We look forward to having you with us next Tuesday, if you can not make it, you can join online via https://stream.rietveldacademie.nl/ .

Warm wishes,
Jewellery- Linking Bodies

‘In Dialogue’ – Tuesday afternoon lecture series with Margherita Chinchio (alum 2019) in conversation with Frank Verkade.

Margherita Chinchio – Desk

We are excited to invite you to the second talk of this series. It will take place coming Tuesday, with Margherita Chinchio (2019 Jewellery- Linking Bodies alumni) in conversation with Frank Verkade.

When: Tuesday 23rd of April, 14:30-17:00
Where: Gerrit Rietveld Academie, FedLev Auditorium Fred. Roeskestraat 96, 1076 ED Amsterdam


A conversation about autonomous craft by Margherita Chinchio:

In this open conversation, Margherita will share her experience on navigating an autonomous practice after graduating, nurturing creative process and finding ways to (self)-represent. 
In-between sculpting, experimenting and image making, she enjoys flowing freely in between different scales and mediums, embracing a multitude of techniques and materials without being held back by the boundaries of any specific discipline.
Through the presentation of past and future projects Margherita will share her approach to craft, materials and context.

Margherita’s bio: Margherita Chinchio is an Italian multi-disciplinary designer and maker, mostly working in the field of jewellery. Originally trained as a costume and set designer, she graduated from the Jewellery department at Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Amsterdam in 2019.  In 2020 she relocated to Milan, where she’s currently based. Her practice consists of autonomous research-based projects, as well as commissioned work, bespoke pieces and small series. Material investigation is at the very core of her work, where ancient craftsmanship techniques are intertwined with graphical, digital and fictional realms. Through her jewellery she likes to trigger the viewer’s sense of imagination and tactility by exploring the tension between the perceived and the unexpected.

Future Practice by Frank Verkade

Frank Verkade GEMZ – Unpacked, Curated by Current Obsession, image by Anwyn Howarth

How can the concept of ‘future’ be utilised for artistic purposes? Collectively we will travel between past, present and future, investigating new sites of research and ways of framing our creative process and practices.

In addition to a number of speculative exercises, we will reflect upon the reality of building and maintaining a practice of our own: profiling, positioning, (self)-representation, communication and sales.

Frank’s bio: Exploring the meaning of our constructed bodies, Frank Verkade draws upon the biological and sociocultural building blocks that shape our human appearance. In additional to his curatorial practice, Verkade initiates educational programmes to mobilise exemplary practitioners to gain collective momentum.  

(Past) clients and collaborators include Current Obsession, New Order of Fashion, Nieuwe Instituut and ArtEZ University of the Arts amongst others. 

We are looking forward to seeing you again!

A new Tuesday afternoon lecture series – Agnieszka Wolodzko in conversation with Virág Szálas-Motesiczky

The Compressed Anonymous Material – Virág Szálas-Motesiczky

Dear friends of the Jewellery- Linking Bodies department,

After a short break and a wonderful symposium, we held in February, we are back with our ongoing lecture series.

What was the Monday evening lectures with invited guests will now take place on Tuesday afternoon. This series will bring together an alumnus of the department in a conversation with invited artist. Our new series of talks will start next week, with Virág Szalas-Motesiczky (2021 Jewellery- Linking Bodies alumni) in conversation with Agnieszka Anna Wołodźko.

When: Tuesday 26th of March- 14:30-17:00

Where: Gerrit Rietveld Academie, FedLev Auditorium Fred. Roeskestraat 96, 1076 ED Amsterdam

We look forward to seeing you again!


Collective Bodies and Observation Machines through Speculative Spaces by Virág Szalas-Motesiczky

Collective bodies challenge the phenomena of the “never-existing individual” or, from another perspective, the concept of “impurity”; through taxonomic classification and contamination practices. These theories could encourage us to think critically about certain power dynamics and (bio)political spaces where the social and the “anonymous material” have always been interconnected.

How might hypothetical methodologies support artistic research while engaging with scientific or non-fictional spaces by dissecting problematic contexts with speculative tools and imaginary scenarios?

How can jewellery be approached as a scaling machine and seen as a compressed environment in which historical and political records can be analyzed through tactile qualities?

Virág Szálas-Motesiczky (1990) was born in the former Czechoslovakia during the period of the transfer of power. This significant historical event, and its remains left behind, plays a major role within her artistic research practice. “How social constructions are built through decision-making processes, what kind of traditions are present and reinterpreted through generations, or (why) do we consider the inherited past as an exact definition of our present while speculating towards the ideal future(s)?” Her practice operates with collective thinking through group dynamics and individual praxis. She studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven and graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie; she co-founded a speculative artistic research studio and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in an experimental program on critical ecology and post -anthropocentrism.

Practicing contamination: on working in demonic grounds by Agnieszka Anna Wołodźko

In this presentation, Agnieszka will talk about her research on the notion of contamination that conditions living bodies. Contamination as such is viewed as an ontological way of being, having epistemological consequences on how to practice living bodies. Trained within philosophy, she will share how she found herself working in what she describes as demonic, because ever changing and unfamiliar spaces of the Art Academy, building biolab space and artistic research program devoted to working with living bodies. By mapping urgencies, problems, intimacies and failures, she will discuss how to work with precariousness: with that what escapes capture. The presentation will thus derive from her philosophical and pedagogical practice but also disciplinary and existential struggles of experimentation that betrays masters – on how to practice contamination.

Agnieszka Anna Wołodźko, PhD, is a lecturer and researcher teaching contemporary philosophy and art-science at AKI Academy of Art and Design ArtEZ since 2017. At AKI she has founded a biolab space where she runs a BIOMATTERs, an artistic research programme that explores how to work with living matters. Her research focuses on post-humanism, ecocriticism, affect theory and new materialism at the intersection of art, ethics and biotechnology. Selected recent publications include: Affect as Contamination. Embodiment in Bioart and Biotechnology, Bloomsbury, 2023; “Ars Demones*2022*Manifesto,” in Footprint. Delft Architecture Theory Journal; “Demonological re-enchantments – or how to contaminate through intimate stories of commons without consensus,” in Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research; ‘Living Within Affect As Contamination: Breathing In Between Numbers’ in Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry.