The journey of
16.October – 24. November, 2021
Ritterstrasse 11a, Hinterhof, 55743
This Exhibition is a part of “Symposium
ThinkingJewellery XII (12 – 17 October 2021)”
Kyoco Taniyama Exhibition page of HOCH
SCHULE TRIER campus Idar-Oberstein
Curation – Hans Benda (Chrom VI)
Special thanks – Chrom VI, JAKOB BENGEL
STIFTUNG, HOCH SCHULE TRIER campus
This work is a homage to the prosperous era of the gemstone industry and the workers who once worked there.
I created it after being inspired by the history of Idar-Oberstein, Germany, which has a long history as the Gem Center of Europe. Its history began in the late 14th century when miners found Amethyst and Agate in Idar and Oberstein. After these gemstones ran out, German workers immigrated to Brazil in the 19th century and initiated mining, cutting, and gemologist techniques.
In the former days, more than 5000 workers had worked in the small town. For more than 150 years, the Nahe River was polluted by toxic substances from chemicals for colouring metal until flooding in 1995 closed most of the precious metal factories. In addition, workers had health damage from harmful substances and dust from stone cutting. Now, this labour has moved to India, including Asia and other production countries.
At present, high-quality gem dealers and cutters are working in Idar-Oberstein, and we can find all kinds of gemstones from all over the world in this small town.
Interestingly, we can find gemstones (of poor gemstone quality) on the banks of the Nahe River because in the past, polishing factories were built by the river to utilise the waterpower from the Nahe River, and the polishers used to throw the poor-quality gems into the river. While standing on the banks of the Nahe River, we can get a sense of the wider world and its long history.
Performance for “The journey of stones, mountain.”
I turned the player with my hand. The repetitive motion to play the record without stagnation is a metaphor for “labor.” The process of the needle gradually scraping the surface of the vinyl record represents “time,” “oblivion,” and “ever-changing state.” Coincidentally, a diamond grinder on display at a local museum looks like a record player. It is an homage to former workers’ times and all kinds of labor.
Performance + side B
SIDE A 06:15
Recording: Kyoco Taniyama Editing: Hans Benda and Kyoco Taniyama
SIDE B 06:15
Recorded on location Jakob Bengel Foundation, Deutsches Mineralienmuseum, and Quarry Allenbach, Idar-Oberstein 2021
Publisher: Chrom VI2021