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In our contemporary society, digital have become an integral part of our existence, serving as virtual extensions of our physical bodies that permeate every aspect of our lives. Jewelry, as an artifact intricately linked to the human body, similarly extends with the physical presence into the virtual realm.

This project seeks to explore the interplay between moving images and jewelry's representation of the body, examining their commonalities and boundaries. By delving into this relationship, I aim to uncover new insights into the role of visual culture in shaping our understanding of the body and its adornments in the digital age.





Professor Supervisor 

Jiani Deng

Shaohong Yu

Jiayi Wang

Yueyue  Zhang

Special Thanks to

Yaling Wang

Lingxuan Zhang

Jay Song

Ziyou Wu

Mengtong Yu

Jiashi Ying

Qiuwan Wang

De-define Jewelry

 "Whoever lives by meaning dies by meaning"

——Jean Baudrillard

The term "jewelry”, as well as “contemporary jewelry”, operates primarily as a linguistic instrument, facilitating the construction of a consistent empirical framework rather than functioning as a comprehensive portrayal of reality.[1] Referred to as "jewelry," it embodies collective experiences that constantly oscillate and fluctuate, revolving around concepts such as "craft," "status," "body," and "wealth".[2]

Efforts to define the parameters of jewelry are not only superfluous but also fundamentally flawed. Attempts to redefine jewelry and broaden its conceptual boundaries do not represent innovative challenges, but rather, they signify individual breakout entrenched within personal, predetermined, intrinsic, and inflexible frameworks. The prevailing historical narrative of redefining jewelry is a collective memory, reflecting fragmented personal strife.

[1] “An epistemic interpretation, on the contrary, holds that such entities or processes do not necessarily exist in any literal sense but are simply useful for organizing human experience and the results of scientific experiments–the point of an explanation is only to facilitate the construction of a consistent empirical model, not to furnish a literal description of reality.”

[2] Skinner, D. (2013). Contemporary jewelry in perspective.

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