….. bref, HISTOIRE de CAILLOUX !
Et NON, ce n’est pas du Petit Poucet dont je veux vous parler !
Mais de Katharina Dettar (MA 2016 at RCA, London, UK) qui vient de recevoir, avec quelques autres, le MARZEE GRADUATE PRIZE 2016
Et de son Installation « 2,1 grams » – « Awakening Awareness«
Katharina Dettar explains : « 2,1 grams- Gold has been man’s most sought-after quest for hundreds of years & the price of gold continues to rise. But gold deposits are ever thinner, & this precious metal is being extracted from the earth at enormous environmental & human cost, often in some of the poorest corners of the world. This gold ring weighs 2,1 grams.
Based on the data & information provided by the Dolaucothi Gold Mines in Wales the average quantity of ore to get 2,1 grams of 24ct gold is of a is of about 140 kg of quartzite. This quartzite has an high amount of iron in it where the gold dust finds itself located. In order to get the ore you need to extract 1400 kg of shale rock, therefore being the final numbers 1540 kg of spoil for a 2,1 grams ring of gold.
To obtain a small amount of gold tons of rock are dug up & sprinkled with diluted cyanide, which separates the gold from the rock. Some of the largest mines move up to half million tons of earth a day, leaching the poison into rivers & lakes.
2,1 grams is a visual metaphor that illustrates the huge disparity between a gold ring & the amount of material needed to create it.
Merci à elle d’avoir pris le temps d’éclairer ma lanterne !
Katharina Dettar – Royal College of Art. -avril 2016- #sketch of my next #installation part of #awakeningawareness for the show of @rcajewelleryandmetal – Made of 1380kg of #shale, 138kg of #quartzite and a 5gr #ring of #24ctgold #rca #weonlyhaveoneearth #consciousness for the #waste behind #materials
Katharina Dettar 17 mai 2016- Right now in a #quartzitequarry picking up the #stones for my #installation #piece! Part of my graduation project #awakeningawareness at @rcajewelleryandmetal In collaboration with @guillemtrius
24 aout 2016 : A couple of days ago building up at @galeriemarzee for Marzee graduation show 2016 – installation – Katharina Dettar
Katharina Dettar (BA 2013Idar-Oberstein, fresh MA graduate of the Royal College of Art) • Installation « 2,1 grams » • 24ct Gold (2,1 g) and shale (1.400 kg) & quartzit (140 kg) • 2016 • ©photo by Guillem Trius
« Awakening Awareness - To magnify a problem, to create dialogues and awake awareness about what lays behind some of the objects that surround us. 3D diagrams that communicate about the material waste of our nowadays goods.
Jewellery, tableware, furniture and silk clothes are present in our daily life, contrary to the unseen raw material we need in order to produce them. »
Katharina Dettar -june 2016 - #rcashow16 is open until the 3rd of July 1400kg of #shale & 140kg of #quartzite for 0,0021kg of #24carat #gold Photo by @guillemtrius – à Royal College of Art Battersea
Katharina Dettar – Awakening Awareness
To magnify a problem, to create dialogues and awake awareness about what lays behind some of the objects that surround us
Katharina Dettar – Awakening awareness – 1.540 = 0,0021kg, – 2016 Shale, Quartzite and 24ct Gold 1.540,0021kg | Photographer: Guillem Trius