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Jewellery & Metal (MA)

Dameng He

Dameng He lives and works in London and Beijing. He completed a BA in Gemmology and  Materials Technology at Kunming University of Science and Technology in 2018. He is currently  studying for an MA in Jewellery and Metal at the Royal College of Art in London. He has a certificate in  Jewellery Appraisal and has worked for many major jewellery companies in China such as Chow Tai  Fook and I do and others.

Dameng He is an artist who specialises in working with a variety of emerging media. Growing up  in the millennial generation, his work is not limited to traditional notions of jewellery and  handicrafts, but incorporates the technological developments he has experienced over the past twenty  years. He has been exploring the entanglement of objects with people, people with people and  objects with objects. In his recent work he has even pushed the boundaries of the physical and the virtual with a geeky spirit. His work discusses the impact of the internet, big data and algorithms on  society and people, and deals with information security, equality, privacy, segregation, polarisation,  addiction, manipulation and more. The use of Augmented Reality gives artists the opportunity to  create a new world where online connection becomes the theme and algorithms have the potential  to become gods, in combination with big data.


As a young jewellery artist, one question has always been on Dameng’s mind: what is contemporary  jewellery? Since the 1960s, many artists have chosen to use unconventional materials to make  jewellery. And they have tried to embrace new technologies to combine handcrafting with 3D  printing and CNC technology to create interesting and significant pieces. But for him, growing up  in the millennium, 3D printing is almost a decade old and CNC has been used in industrial  production for many years. He has been thinking about what contemporary art is for his generation.

For him, the most significant contemporary innovations are the internet, big data, algorithms, the combination of the virtual and the real.

Dameng’s current work and practice focuses on the impact of the internet, big data and algorithms on  society and people, and addresses information security, the sharing economy, efficiency, equality,  cyber ethics, privacy, segregation, polarisation, addiction, manipulation and more. He believes that the  advances in information technology, and the widespread use of internet-based technologies over the  last twenty years, have fundamentally changed the way our generation understands the world and other  people. One could also argue that technicians have created a new world where online connectivity  has become a theme and algorithms have the potential to combine with big data to become gods.

In his work, the world is divided into two overlapping layers of entanglement. The first layer is the  real world, symbolising visible and tangible human connections and relationships; the second layer  is the virtual world, made up of the internet, social media, big data, algorithms and so on. In the real  world, he chose to use traditional techniques to create a bronze statue. Augmented reality allows him  to create a virtual world that represents an online connection, and the way to see this virtual world  is to scan a bronze statue that exists in the real world with his phone. The bronze statue in the real  world is very clear, whereas the shape of the person in the virtual world is blurred and abstract.  When we pick up our phones, we are connected to the virtual world, we have countless friends and

confidants who are either near or far from us and about whom we know more or less, which  often gives us the false impression that we live in a perfect community. But when we put our phones  down and disconnect, what is left around us? Nothing! Dameng has tried to use this contrast between  reality and the virtual world to illustrate how people are more adept at carving out silos of cultural  and social cohesion in our contemporary internet-based life.


LINK
ALGORITHM GOD-LINK
LINK-SCREENSHOT
GOLDEN MAN-1 — 25x5x5cm
GOLDEN MAN-2 — 25x5x5cm
ONLY ATTRIBUTE_
EDITING HUMAN BEINGS-1
EDITING HUMAN BEINGS-2
EDITING HUMAN BEINGS-3
QR code for downloading the augmented reality app — https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m2ko3fwuxn5oczu/AABOZRRsjaFhjFDi9I0fluBka?dl=0

Through the use of augmented reality Dameng succeeded in creating a virtual world that can only be observed from a mobile phone. The smartphone, the most common way of accessing the internet in our time, connects us all to an internet world made up of algorithms and big data. What happens in the virtual world challenges our perceptions, the conscience of large corporations and the structure of society as a whole. 


Medium:

Silver, Bronze, Gold
HOW TO TURN A FUNCTIONAL OBJECT INTO A DECORATIVE ITEM
YAOKONGQI —  REMOTE-1
YAOKONGQI —  REMOTE-2
YAOKONGQI —  REMOTE-3
YAOKONGQI —  REMOTE-4
YAOKONGQI — HOMEPAGE
YAOKONGQI — PRODUCT PAGES
YAOKONGQI — WEBSITE PUBLICITY
YAOKONGQI — NEWSPAPERS
YAOKONGQI — LIVING ROOM

In this project Dameng discusses the development of objects and artefacts by creating a fake brand, and uses both 'materials' and 'symbols' to show the process of an object going from 'tool' to 'decoration'. He used different processes to make a remote control in materials such as gold, silver, copper and aluminium and made a remote control, a tool, look more like a piece of artwork by a famous brand by faking its history, culture, trends etc. The brand symbol 'YAOKONGQI' comes from the Chinese word 'remote control' in its Latinised pronunciation.


Medium:

Silver, Copper, Gold, Aluminium, Wax
BREATHING DATA
KIMBERLITE
SOLVE ALL PROBLEMS
SHANHAI( MOUNTAIN AND SEA)
DATA RING
THIS IS A FORK-1
THIS IS A FORK-2
RING-1
RING-2

For Dameng, growing up in the millennial generation, the most significant contemporary innovations are the internet, big data, algorithms, the combination of the virtual and reality. He chose to use 0 and 1, the elements of binary computer language, as the main elements in his project. In this project he combines elements such as diamonds, Buddhas and tableware with data to show the audience the crucial role that data plays in modern life. 

Medium:

Silver, Resin, Zircon
DECAY RINGS NECKLACE
DECAY RINGS NECKLACE (DETAIL)
DECAY RINGS SERIES
DECAY DIAMOND-1
DECAY DIAMOND-2
BUDDHA'S FALL
GROWING
RING-1
RING-2

Much of the value of traditional jewellery comes from the materials used in it. Precious metals  and stones are essentially eternal to humans, and people can pass on such jewellery made from them  to their children, and the value of these jewels is not diminished by the passage of centuries. But  food decays after a few weeks. For a human being, the fact that food is not eaten when it is decayed means that it loses its value. What happens to precious metals and stones when they decay? Do they continue to have value?


Medium:

Silver, Resin