SEGNI SUL VOLTO
October – November 2021
The initiative will be held in Italian
Free participation upon registration/selection
Project by Carla Riccoboni
Coordination by Alice Rendon
The project is the brainchild of Carla Riccoboni, Italian designer and goldsmith, historic self-producer of jewellery, who has always been interested in the concept of seriality and the ethical and social implications of her profession.
Segni sul volto (Signs over the face) aims to design a collection of facial objects, as an opportunity to reflect on the identity value of ornamentation, charged with symbolic as well as decorative values: “At a time in history when the pandemic has forced us to cover our faces with a mask, we can rethink of it as the first and most significant means of communication”. (Carla Riccoboni)
Collective design, as a combination of contributions, joining forces, confrontation and analysis, is the method of this initiative, which proposes the creation of a collection of ‘singular multiples’: families of objects in which the principle of variation determines the individual character of each piece. This is the ideal continuation of an experiment conducted between 2011 and 2016, entitled Gioielli come Multipli (Jewels as Multiples), born on the initiative of AGC – Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo, for which Riccoboni acted as coordinator.
The sign is a constant in Riccoboni’s research, and in her work she investigates the linguistic value of the image, considering the artistic form as a signifier that always refers to a content, to a human and historical reason: “At the basis of all my work is an interest in the sign: sign-trace, sign-letter, sign-module, sign-symbol. From prehistoric graffiti to archetypal symbols, from ideograms to the most complex alphabets, in every age man has tried to communicate his existence and his history with signs”. (Carla Riccoboni)
In the field of body decoration, in particular, signs are accompanied by behavioural and sometimes ritual values that make them a privileged field of research.
Segni sul volto will open by investigating the key themes of the seminar, namely the relationship between sign and identity, its expressive and symbolic meanings in history and in the present day, the interdependence between the environment and ornamental forms, the question of gender, and the prospects for decoration and transformation of the body with the advent of new technologies.
An starting ‘open’ phase will be dedicated to talks by various experts of the field, focusing on the narrative of jewellery and facial decoration over the centuries, in the present day and in possible future scenarios. Participation in this phase will be open to interested professionals who request it (registration is free), and who will then be invited to share images and personal reflections in a specific space intended for the exchange and confrontation of ideas.
A second phase, reserved for those enrolled in the workshop (registration is free with selection), will focus on design, understood as a creative moment and a synthesis of technical and ethical awareness. The initial individual proposals will be analysed and re-elaborated collectively to arrive together at a collection that adheres to the agreed starting parameters.
Finally, a third phase in the workshop will be devoted to the creation of prototypes, the study of ways of communicating and presenting the collection, in order to prepare a final exhibition documenting the stages and outcomes of the project.
The fourth phase will be used to open a critical reflection on the effectiveness of what has been achieved, with the participation of figures from outside the jewellery sector, in order to underline the experimental nature of the seminar, which is intended as a work in progress, open to future developments.
LAO will issue a certificate of participation in the seminar, online publication of the project phases and results on the school website, and promotion through social channels and online platforms of contemporary jewellery.
Deadline for applications: 30th September 2021
PREZIOSA BLOG insights
Blog – SEGNI SUL VOLTO: new spaces for discussion and design
SEGNI SUL VOLTO: portraits and self-portraits in contemporary visual arts. Speech by Alessandra Menegotto
SEGNI SUL VOLTO: FUTURE SCENARIOS. Speech by Chiara Scarpitti
SEGNI SUL VOLTO: PERMANENT, EPHEMERAL AND VIRTUAL. Speech by Roberta Bernabei
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