CLINKProject: Collaboration - Intervention - Exhibition
This presentation will report on a New Zealand collaborative jewellery initiative established in 2014 by Hungry Creek Art & Craft School in Auckland and the Dunedin School of Art at Te Kura Matatini ki Otago / Otago Polytechnic.
Every year the two schools join forces to form a collective of undergraduate & postgraduate students and staff for a collaborative event known as CLINKProject, mutually working towards one outcome and a conclusive publication. The projects play with the experience of disruption or intervention, often in the form of unannounced pop-up exhibitions in central Auckland, such as jewellery making on the street or deploying clear plastic umbrellas as moving showcases. Each year's collective gathers for a frenzied week of brainstorming, planning, collaborative making and public interaction, in an endeavour to share contemporary jewellery with a diverse audience. The first two projects unfolded at the Auckland Inner Link Bus stops (2014) and the courtyards of public institutions such as the Auckland Art Gallery & and City Library (2015). Projects #3 and #4 were working with the challenge of how to enact these driving forces within the context of the public gallery settings of Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery (2016) and the Auckland Museum in 2017. Last year's CLINKProject 5: Lost & Found took place back on the street at Auckland's Waterfront Precinct and this year¿s collective will be participating in Radiant Pavilion¿s curated programme in Melbourne, Australia. From humble beginnings CLINKProject's is now on the brink of going global, with looming invitations to Singapore and China for 2020.
Johanna Zellmer is Principal Lecturer in Jewellery & Metalsmithing and Artist-in-Residence Coordinator at the Dunedin School of Art at Te Kura Matatini ki Otago (Otago Polytechnic), New Zealand
Johanna Zellmer was born in 1968 and completed a formal goldsmith¿s apprenticeship in Germany and a master degree
at the Australian National University's Canberra School of Art. Her research interests are jewellery objects as socio-economic symbols and identity politics. Dr. Pravu Mazumdar discussed her projects in March 2013 at Die Neue Sammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Germany; this text is published online. Her practice has moved, at least to some degree, from object maker to mediator, giving a voice to an audience that is imperative in shaping the work. In the same vein, writing and collaboration have increasingly become integral aspects of her research. She calls a small farm in Dunedin (NZ) "home" and is the Principal Lecturer in Jewellery & Textiles and Artists-in-Residence Coordinator at the Dunedin School of Art, Te Kura Matatini ki Otago / Otago Polytechnic. She considers the impact of exhibition practice on New Zealand's craft history as an important part of her role as educator. Her work is held in public collections in New Zealand, Australia and Germany.