In occasion of the Obsessed! Jewellery festival, the Jewellery – Linking Bodies department proudly presents HABIT(ATS)!

What is a body? How do humans move and use their body? Is it possible to sense our bodies and their relation to the world anew? How do I know that I am human? How can feelings be materialized outside of the body? How might we heal the societal body? Whom do we praise and whom do we denigrate? How do we sustain ourselves?

As part of the HABIT(ATS) project, the Jewellery – Linking Bodies department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie explores such questions over the course of five hours, where a choreography of bodies, objects, gestures and enunciations will transpire within specific habitats. Students and alumni will present currently ongoing research as well as projects from the previous year. It might be that choreographing such an encounter will offer an invitation to open up the opportunities for us and our bodies to move and relate in unexpected ways.

Photos by Catherine Brugel

Custom Appendages – Workshop by Ana María Gómez López

May 2019

This one-day workshop explored the concept of “custom appendages”—wearable structures that are tailor-made for an individual, and which relate to theirbodily extremities and protrusions (such as limbs, fingers/toes, ears, nose, and external genitalia). Custom appendages span a variety of aesthetic and prosthetic
design objects, from medically-prescribed artificial limbs to haute couture and everyday attire. This intensive session centred on jewellery as a custom appendage specifically, providing participants with tools and exercises that can be integrated into their own individual creative practices.