Current Obsessions invites four of the participating artists of the exhibition GEM Z: The Farthest from Earth We've Ever Been, currently on display in Gallery 3 By You in Het Nieuwe Instituut. In addition to the GEM Z artists, Grammy nominated filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang will join the talk. Huang was one of the tutors of the programme and will shed a light on his multidisciplinary practice in which he crafts hybrid worlds rooted in Sinofuturist folklore, mysticism and spiritual realism.
GEM Z: The Farthest from Earth We've Ever Been
From 30 October until 30 November the exhibition GEM Z: The Farthest from Earth We've Ever Been is on display at Gallery 3 By You in Het Nieuwe Instituut. The exhibition is cast as the speculative crash-landing site of an alien pod and showcases the results of the eponymous talent-development programme by Current Obsession.
The presented works fuse design, digital art and adornment, all through the lens of Generation Z. In celebration of the exhibition four of the participating artist give insight into their work (method), covering a variety of urgent topics within the field of contemporary adornment ranging from diamond marketing, design fictions to queer identity.
Het Nieuwe Instituut
3015 CB Rotterdam
Current Obsession (CO) is a jewellery magazine and platform based in The Netherlands. CO collaborates with exceptional designers and artists and develops curatorial projects and events with renowned brands and cultural institutions.
Gallery 3 By You
The exhibition spaces in Gallery 3 (on the top floor of the museum building of Het Nieuwe Instituut) are open to projects - whether an academy graduation show, an installation around an urban event, a presentation by a professional association, or work by young Rotterdam makers. The creators arrange the set-up and disassembly themselves, take care of attracting visitors and carry the costs of the presentation. In return, Het Nieuwe Instituut makes space available and provides support in producing the presentation and communicating it.
GEM Z: The Farthest from Earth We’ve Ever Been
GEM Z is an exhibition cast as the speculative crash-landing site of an alien pod. After millennia of humankind looking out into space and beaming messages into the unknown, what if it turned out that someone was gazing back? By employing collective sci-fi imagination, the artists of Generation Z turn the gaze back onto us: this time around, we are not the observer, but the observed.