swap your ring? Stockholm
500 Miss Piggy rings presented in the shape of a gun?
DAY PROJECT SATURDAY 9TH APRIL 2011, 16-20
a ring with you!
You will for exchange get a Miss Piggy ring and Pink drinks!
will also be a chance to see some other work of Ted Noten's
The shape of a gun on the wall, known as an icon of Ted Notens
work, will gradually change into a jewel jungle as a result of the stories
by the rings that are left behind. Jewellery reflects the soul of a
Atelier Ted Noten is going to present the same concept in different
cities all over the world, like: Tokyo, Paris, Moscow, New York, Sao
Noten do with the rings you left behind? I surley find a way to
deal with that!
has incredibly many ways of communicating. It forms a direct link with
what means to be human, with what is small, with the psychology of traditions
that can be found in all nationalities and periods."
The conceptual jewellery designer Ted Noten began his career in the
early 1990s. His jewellery implicitly reflects on the discipline, using
for that purpose the media, materials and techniques that we normally
associate with timeless beauty and eternal value, such as gold, pearls
and diamonds, but also inexpensive materials such as plastic and ephemeral
media such as video and performances. For the presentations of his objects
and installations he chooses both traditional jewellery shops and galleries
and museums of modern art, as well as the public domain on occasion.
Noten has had a profound influence on the discipline, for example by
introducing the longing for beauty and ornament in the vanguard again
and through his playing with high and low. He combines deadly serious
research and critical ideas with an almost childlike humor, absurdity
and sense of theatricality. "I find it equally interesting to design
something for a museum or for a souvenir shop, for a stinking rich collector
or for a whore in Amsterdam. I like to fool people with my work."
Many of his designs are small and tender, others are out to provoke
and are very showy. Each one of them tells a story about jewellery,
not in the last place because of the great attention that Noten has
lavished on details.
There is no shortage of well-known designs. In the course of his career
he has given many old piece of jewellery a new raison d'être by
incorporating it in transparent acryl, such as the Lyppens Bag (2005).
The project Chew your own Brooch (1999) gave people the opportunity
to "design" a shape with the gum they were chewing, which
Noten then cast in silver and fitted with a clasp. The Global Tactile
Pieces II (2006) are impressions of a journey that Noten made with the
Siberia Express from Tokyo to Moscow. Tianjin, for example, shows a
drill with miniature human figures making love because Noten was struck
by the almost sexual energy of the city of Tanjin which, unlike many
of Russian cities, does not look back in anger but looks confidently
towards future. Noten placed a ring dispenser in the Amsterdam Red Light
District with the title Be Nice To A Girl, Buy Her A Ring (2009). Clients
of the hookers were invited to buy a ring for the lady of their choice
for a mere €2,50.
Ted Noten has received numerous awards for his creations, such as the
Francoise van den Bosch Award for his oeuvre in 2008. On the occasion
of the presentation of the award in Stedelijk Museum's-Hertogenbosch
he showed highlights from his oeuvre in a carefully orchestered catwalk
show. An impression of the oeuvre of that catwalk can be seen in the
MOT. Objects that combine to give an impression of the oeuvre of this
recalcitrant jewellery designer are placed motionless beneath transparent
cylinders. Besides this static presentation of the catwalk, the interactive
installation Wanna Swap Rings? - can be seen on the wall.
- Louise Schouwenberg, Lector Designtheory and publisher