“Myths 2016 – Test Drive”
JEWELLERY AS SHAREWARE or Do not let Erisychthons rule over the earth!
The hubris of king Erisychthon is the source of inspiration for the exhibition “Myths 2016 – Test Drive” opening on Wednesday 24 February at Platform during Munich Jewelry Week. The king of Thessaly destroys Demeter’s holy forest to build a new palace for his banquets. He is cursed by the earth goddess to suffer insatiable hunger. Erysichthon sells all his possessions to buy food and ends up eating his own flesh.
“Myths 2016 – Test Drive” is a mobile jewelry art exhibition focusing on Share Economy and promoting more environmentally conscious patterns of consumption. The show takes place inside a trailer-turned-into-a-gallery stationed in down town Munich during the city’s Jewelry Week aka “Schmuck”.
All artworks are made with organic or recyclable material or have used energy/capital saving techniques such as innovative 3D Printing or old fashioned assemblage or objet trouve in their making. These techniques address the issue of shortage, re-use, lack of capital to invest on precious raw materials, as well as environmental issues many designers have to confront in their daily art practice.
“Myths 2016 – Test Drive” also reflects upon the teachings of “zero capital” Fourth Industrial Revolution a la J.Rifkin and reverberates the practices of Swarm/Sharing/Swaping movements which are extremely popular in Germany right now.
Interaction with the public plays a crucial role in the project. All exhibition items can be borrowed for one or more days for a „test drive“ through the city. Visitors are encouraged and rewarded through various incentives and perks to post their photos and experiences in the social media.
“Myths” is a series of exhibitions on the art medium jewellery which are curated by Loukia Richards and Christoph Ziegler.
Updated versions of Greek myths are used to suggest viable ways to deal with contemporary issues.
“Myths 2016 -Test Drive” is under the auspices of The General Consulate of Greece in Munich, and takes place in cooperation with Platform Munich and the Urbane Farm/The Bauhaus Foundation Dessau. It is sponsored and supported by Hüttenpalast Hotel Berlin, Spotted by Locals, Pablo&Paul online gallery Munich, DerGugl Munich, The Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation Nafplio, The Needle Files UK, mastihashop Greece, The Mastic Producers Association of Greece, Galerie Entwurf Direkt Hamburg.
“Myths 2016 – Test Drive” participants are:Joanne Haywood (UK)/ Judith Schwendener (NL)/ Dita Antonopoulou (GR)/ Lital Mendel Jewlery Design (ISR)/ Yolande Duchateau Contemporary Jewlery (BE)/ Nolia Shakti (NL)/ Anne Dinan (USA)/ T Squared (ISR)/ Eugenia Feroussi (GR)/ Linda Savineau (BE)/ Marion Delarue Contemporary Objects (FR)/ EDELPLAST – Billie Van Nieuwenhuyzen (BE)/ Kalliopi Andrikopoulou Syn Apeiro (GR)/ Juan Harnie (BE)/ Thikwa Werkstatt für Theater und Kunst (DE)/ Eleftheria Spantidaki (GR)/ Martijntje Cornelia (NL)/ Christoph Ziegler (DE)/ Loukia Richards (GR/UK).
Opening: 24. February, 6.00-9.00 p.m. at Platform München, Kistlerhofstrasse 70, Building 60 / 3. Floor
Eugenia Feroussi will perform “Silent Code” and Christoph Ziegler will perform “Hessiod’s Cosmic Egg”.
Both performances reflect upon the origins and vital meaning of jewelry.
EXHIBITION: 25.2. – 1.3.2016 2.00-8-00 pm
The exhibition trailer will be stationed in various parts of Munich.