International Conference
of Contemporary Jewellery in Bratislava

Pravu Mazumdar: HOW TO DO THINGS WITH JEWELLERY: ON THE POWER OF OBJECTS

About Lecture

Jewellery affects the way the body of the wearer is experienced. But in doing so, it also affects the body of the observer. The form and location of an object on a body affect the senses and transform the movement and behaviour of the observer. In the process we call jewellery, bodies and objects intermingle as constellations of forces.

In my talk I would like to focus on the connection between jewellery and power. That includes the way an object is crafted and worn to create shifts in the bodies, understood as constellations of forces, involved in the jewellery process. To understand such processes, I will apply certain trends in twentieth century philosophy to concrete objects created by contemporary studio jewellery and try to delineate how these unfold their impact on the level of the political materiality of the body.

Pravu Mazumdar

Pravu Mazumdar (India, 1952) is an Indian freelance author, philosopher, writer, translator and lecturer. He studied physics in New Dehli and Germany, obtained a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Stuttgart and currently works mainly in Germany. His interest revolves around art and philosophy and their interpretation. He focuses mainly on French postmodernism and the philosophy of Michel Foucault.
He is devoted to the philosophy of contemporary jewellery, writes about its experimental forms or about its social overlaps, migration and consumerism. His book Gold und Geist: Prolegomena zu einer Philosophie des Schmucks (“Gold and the Mind: Prolegomena towards the Philosophy of Jewellery”), Berlin: Matthes & Seitz focuses on jewellery and discusses above mentioned topics.

Pravu Mazumdar

Pravu Mazumdar (India, 1952) is an Indian freelance author, philosopher, writer, translator and lecturer. He studied physics in New Dehli and Germany, obtained a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Stuttgart and currently works mainly in Germany. His interest revolves around art and philosophy and their interpretation. He focuses mainly on French postmodernism and the philosophy of Michel Foucault.
He is devoted to the philosophy of contemporary jewellery, writes about its experimental forms or about its social overlaps, migration and consumerism. His book Gold und Geist: Prolegomena zu einer Philosophie des Schmucks (“Gold and the Mind: Prolegomena towards the Philosophy of Jewellery”), Berlin: Matthes & Seitz focuses on jewellery and discusses above mentioned topics.

International Conference of Contemporary Jewellery in Bratislava