Walking Exhibition: Friday 25th Jan 2013
A group of jewellery students from the Royal College of Art staged a moving exhibition covering 8,207,654 millimetres (5.1miles) across London on Friday 25 January.
They showed contemporary designs in accessible containers (ie. large lit glass jars) on their bodies to encourage live interaction with passers-by in the street, on the tubes and buses!
For the 8,207,654 millimetres walk (mm being the unit of measurement the designers work in) they opened up a debate regarding the accessibility of contemporary jewellery and so-called precious objects. The collective encouraged the public to touch their work to counteract the traditional notion that jewellery is kept isolated in glass cabinets.
The group began their journey at the Royal College of Art in Kensington stopping outside city landmarks along the way, including the British Museum and Tate Modern. They invited passers-by to Gallery SO on Brick Lane to try on pieces from their current jewellery exhibition Chamber of Wonder. The walk finished at the Design Museum where the students talked about their experience at the Pecha Kucha x Craft-crossover event, as part of the Museum’s Unexpected Pleasures jewellery exhibition’s public programme. Throughout the walk, the collective gave away complimentary tickets (worth £17 each) for the evening event to members of the public.
The RCA students are part of a newly formed collective called Moving On whose aim is to increase the public’s awareness and accessibility of contemporary jewellery and object culture, Moving On:8,207,654mm was the first in an on-going series of public events.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
Here are some pictures :
And this is what the jars look like up-close :