Ornamisms (since 2023)
For our current project Ornamisms, we launched an open call to collect photos of jewellery pictured in close-up on the skin.
These photos could be of any type of jewellery that people made or own, whether art, design, fashion, antique, fine, or other, from ancient to contemporary, worldwide.
We are grateful to have received submissions from a total of 96 participants(!).
All submitted photos, and their designated info, are published on this webpage.
To smoothly navigate the image collection:
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Starting from a diverse collection of photos, we created our own dataset consisting of 1042 images in total.
With this dataset, we are training a machine learning algorithm to co-create 'Ornamisms’: speculative adornment in which body and jewellery e-merge from human-machine collaboration
Through participatory projects and by working with self-learning algorithms, we aim to critically explore machine learning as a co-creator in jewellery practice.
Our experiments, in which we try to connect with hundreds of makers and their works, are meant to develop expansive concepts, frameworks and methodologies for co-creative, sustainable, posthuman jewellery practices.
Thereby, we aim to broaden understandings of themes such as human-centred design, materiality, value, or authorship.
By working with transformative technologies such as A.I. in collective creation and presentation processes, new types or acts of adornment and more-than-human craft practices can emerge within the phygital realm.
The first Ornamisms will be unveiled during Munich Jewellery Week 2024 in the exhibition Visions, Ventures & Valuables.
28/02 - 2/03/2024
28/02: 18-20h (opening!) 29/02: 10-18h
If you are planning to travel to Munich, we look forward to welcoming you to the exhibition!
This presentation does not signify the culmination of the project; instead, it offers a glimpse into our ongoing research.
Our projects are long-term and continually evolving, as we believe in the significance of multi-faceted explorations. This allows us to research nuanced connections between (post-)digital culture, technology and the (more-than-)human.
By sharing our work, we aim to foster dialogue on the themes and questions central to our research.
An iterative process allows us to refine our ideas and perspectives, shaping our projects organically as they evolve.
Following Munich Jewellery Week, we will continue the training of the machine learning algorithm. A second presentation of this project is scheduled for June 2024, within the context of another exciting contemporary jewellery event. Stay tuned for more info.
Working with A.I. in artistic practice raises many urgent questions. Have a look at this page to discover how we aim to explore these issues through our participatory projects.
We express our sincere gratitude to
- all participants who generously shared their photos in the context of this artistic research project (all participants' names are published below).
- prof. dr. Kris Luyten and colleagues from EDM (Expertise Centre for Digital Media, Hasselt University) for making facilities available to support the training process of the ml algorithm
- Guus Vandeweerd, Senneke Van de Wygaert, and Esther Verstreken who have worked on setting up this project during their research internships at Artificial Intelligems.
Barbara (Yixuan) Wei
Gabriela Ramirez Michel
Ji Young Kim
Manner India/Swati Sahu
Mariel M. Matute
Saskia van Es
Senneke Van de Wygaert
Sita Yabo Harries
Stella & Karen Wuytens