Profile: Jivan Astfalck

Profile: Jivan Astfalck

2013-01-30 Jivan Astfalck

I was born and grew up in Berlin, quite some time ago… luckily in the western part of that divided city. After finishing school, much to the despair of my parents, I was not interested in anything. Fate rescued me with an apprenticeship to become a goldsmith. Later, having moved to the UK, I did my MA in the History and Theory of Modern Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design and PhD in Fine Art at The University of the Arts London. I combine my studio practice, which I exhibit internationally, with teaching as the MA Course Director for Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products and Professorship at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.

My research activities focus on wearable and decorative objects, which exist outside the margins of a recognised design culture, signified by a continuous dynamic of rediscovery, recycling of meaning and appropriation. These objects resonate with intimacy and passionate investment, rather than a functional design agenda. The relationship between the finding, collecting and conceptualising of marginalized artefacts and their meaning is explored within the area of metaphorical symbolisation. I am interested in work, which maps out the demarcation lines, where body meets world, a place, or idea of a place, where narratives are invested in objects with the aim to negotiate that gap, complexity, confusion or conflict in relation to private and subjective mental experience.

In my view, the convergence of crafts, design and fine art practices is conductive to extending the theoretical vocabulary and map out new territories where crafts practices contribute to cultural production and dissemination.

Selected Exhibitions with Catalogue

 十年•有声Re:jewelry, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2012

Mirror Mirror, Espace Solidor, Haut-de-Cagnes, France & Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, USA, 2012; ISBN 978-2-919244-08-9

Transplantation, touring UK & Australia, 2012; ISBN 978-1-86050-235-4

Beneath the Skin, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, 2011 & Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 2012; ISBN 978-1-84387-334-1

The Sting of Passion, Manchester Arts Galleries, 2008

The Jeweller's Compendium, Darling Publication, Cologne, Germany, 2007; ISBN 978-3-939130-95-6

Beauty of the Lost, Gallery Starspace, AIVA, Shanghai, 2008

Timetales, Le Arti Orafe, Firenze, 2007, ISBN 9 771132 674568

Hnoss depended, Galleri Hnoss & Röhsska Museum for Design, Fashion & Decorative Arts, Gothenburg, 2007

In Their Own Words, John Clark (ed.), Sheffield: unpublished, 2007; ISBN 978 1 84387248 1

Maker-Viewer-Wearer, Jack Cunningham (ed.), Glasgow, UK; ISBN 0 901904 59 7

Self, Craftspace-Touring, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham; Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk; Piece Hall Art Gallery, Halifax; McManus Galleries, Dundee; Midlands Arts Centre (mac), Birmingham; Hove Museum and Art Gallery; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 2004; ISBN 0 9526832 7 X

The Stuff of Life, Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts, UK, 2004;
ISBN 1 899837 47 7

Dust to Dust, University of Essex, Colchester, UK, 2004

Nocturnus, Tallinn, Estonia, 2001; ISBN 9985-78-413-8

Narratives, Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland, 1998; ISBN 952-9878-11-7

Selected Publications

Lifelines, in 'SchmuckDenken', W. Lindemann (Hg.) & FH Trier | Idar-Oberstein, Arnoldsche Arts Publishers, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-89790-326-5

TableManners, TR11/01, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, ISBN 9789490521097

Traditional craft: manufactured nostalgia or grass-root resistance?, The Journal of Modern Crafts' (online), K. Murray (ed.), 2009, http://journalofmoderncraft.com

Heroes and other Mythical Beasts - Reinventing Methodologies in Contemporary Crafts Practice, in 'Heroes', Birmingham, 2007, ISBN 978-1-904839-23-1

Jivan Astfalck - Love Zoo, UCE/BIAD, Centre for Design Innovation, Birmingham, UK, 2005,
ISBN 1-904839-00-2

Jewellery as a Fine Art Practice in 'New Directions in Jewellery', Black Dog Publishing, London, 2005, ISBN 1 904772 19 6

Difference and Resemblance in 'Six Views on a Practice in Change', Crafts In Dialogue, IASPIS, Stockholm, 2005; ISBN 9197560901

Three stories about my thoughts on beauty and such things..., in 'The Impossible Fridge - Thoughts on Beauty, Crafts and Art', Sandqvist, T. (ed.), Craft in Dialogue/IASPIS, 2005, ISBN 91-975609-1-X

Whose Jewellery is it anyway? in 'Challenging Crafts', Gray's School of Art, The Robert Gordon University, 2004, ISBN 1 901085 8 3 X

Betwixt in 'Making and Unmaking', University of Portsmouth, Design History Society, 2000 ISBN 1 86137 2272

Semaphore in 'The Body Politic', University of Northumbria at Newcastle, Crafts Council, London, 1999, ISBN 1870145992

Poiema - Work and Fiction in 'Ideas in the Making: Practice in Theory', University of East Anglia, Crafts Council, London, 1998, ISBN 187014581X

The Hand that Thinks in 'Obscure Objects of Desire - Reviewing the Crafts of the 20th Century', Crafts Council, London, 1997, ISBN 1870145674

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Selected Exhibitions with Catalogue
Author: Jivan Astfalck
 
(forthcoming) ??•??Re:jewelry, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2012
 
Mirror Mirror, Espace Solidor, Haut-de-Cagnes, France & Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, USA, 2012; ISBN 978-2-919244-08-9
 
Transplantation, touring UK & Australia, 2012; ISBN 978-1-86050-235-4
 
Beneath the Skin, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, 2011 & Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 2012; ISBN 978-1-84387-334-1
 
The Sting of Passion, Manchester Arts Galleries, 2008 
 
The Jeweller’s Compendium, Darling Publication, Cologne, Germany, 2007; ISBN 978-3-939130-95-6
 
Beauty of the Lost, Gallery Starspace, AIVA, Shanghai, 2008
 
Timetales, Le Arti Orafe, Firenze, 2007, ISBN 9 771132 674568
 
Hnoss depended, Galleri Hnoss & Röhsska Museum for Design, Fashion & Decorative Arts, Gothenburg, 2007
 
In Their Own Words, John Clark (ed.), Sheffield: unpublished, 2007; ISBN 978 1 84387248 1
 
Maker-Viewer-Wearer, Jack Cunningham (ed.), Glasgow, UK; ISBN 0 901904 59 7
 
Self, Craftspace-Touring, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham; Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk; Piece Hall Art Gallery, Halifax; McManus Galleries, Dundee; Midlands Arts Centre (mac), Birmingham; Hove Museum and Art Gallery; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 2004; ISBN 0 9526832 7 X
 
The Stuff of Life, Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts, UK, 2004; 
ISBN 1 899837 47 7
 
Dust to Dust, University of Essex, Colchester, UK, 2004
 
Nocturnus, Tallinn, Estonia, 2001; ISBN 9985-78-413-8 
 
Narratives, Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland, 1998; ISBN 952-9878-11-7

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