44. Schmucksymposium Zimmerhof von 07. bis 10. Juni 2012
year, the symposium’s programme was put together by the French association
la garantie. The program will tackle, on
the first two days, the different public spaces in which contemporary
jewellery can be found, and how actors in the field have sought to challenge
the boundaries between those spaces. The last two days will focus more
specifically on private spaces and the body.
Zimmerhof is a yearly reunion of around 200 members of the jewellery field - students, makers, designers and historians - taking place in an impressive old farmhouse estate in Bad Rappenau-Zimmerhof.
While the four-day event revolves around talks and presentations, it also provides the opportunity to chat at length with those peers we often only ‘bump into’ in other events: it’s an occasion to exchange information, communicate about one’s work, and generally have a good time together.
In order to keep both the attendants and the organisers on their toes, the lectures are always organized by a different team of jewellery professionals: two, sometimes three, people choose a theme, and select a roster of international speakers accordingly. The speakers come from Spain, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, and France; alumni students from academies throughout Europe also present their work (talks are given either in English or German). According to the tradition, visitors are encouraged to bring a couple of their own pieces, which are shown on Friday night on the now legendary Schmucktisch (jewellery table).
Zimmerhof Symposium is the longest existing symposium of it´s kind. Through the years it has grown to be the time and place to be for contemporary jewellery people to meet and greet, to talk and discuss. Bolstered by tradition and ever changing programs, we feel sure that the symposium will continue to inspire for many years to come: we hope to see you there!