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EVERYTHING IS VALUES
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written & directed by Marilyn Volkman
2020
EVERYTHING IS VALUES
black and white video with stereo sound
60 minutes
2020
Class Ring
created by EVERYTHING IS VALUES & Dr. Kimberly Modic
2020
Class Ring
EVERYTHING IS VALUES & Dr. Kimberly Modic
Thesis Novel engraved on Silicon Wafer using Focused Ion Beam (FIB) and stainless steel mount
2020
EVERYTHING IS VALUES
video installation
duration: 60 minutes
2020
EVERYTHING IS VALUES
Challenging Jewellery: Scenes from a Masters
back cover
2020

EVERYTHING IS VALUES
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY MARILYN VOLKMAN

EVERYTHING IS VALUES, depicts and restages the complex interactions between people during the Challenging Jewellery master’s degree. Drawing on methodologies taken from anthropology, auto-fiction and institutional archiving, the work is at once a novel, a film, and a physical object interrogating how communal ideals, failure, taste, money, and scale interact in the collective search for inspiration and purpose.

Volkman spent the last two years in the role of participant-observer, openly tracking and scripting developments between and within course collaborators into a thesis novel. She then adapted the manuscript into a serialized video that explores dynamics of institutionalized teaching and experimental pedagogy in scenes derived from the program.

In the wake of the master’s program, the work – presented as a video installation – serves as an archive and fictionalized history for participants while posing a series of questions: How open can an open education be? Are we responsible for publishing our failures alongside our successes? Is sharing overlapping fictions a path toward realizing a future? What is at stake in a master’s? By streamlining this experiment into a genuine artistic method, Volkman’s work doubles as an interrogation and critique of anthropological and pedagogical methodologies, and emphasizes the potential of artistic responses to administrative processes.

Special thanks for contributions from Dr. Kimberly Modic, Dr. Scott Waitukaitis, Laura Mott, Todor Asenov, Dora Des, Benjamin Lignel, Silke Xenia Juul, Eva van Kempen, MASieraad, Steven Cottingham, the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Challenging Jewellery and BLESS.

Read: a draft manuscript of the novel

Contact EVERYTHING IS VALUES to inquire about viewings and screenings.

Links
Episode 1: The Courage to Walk Away
Episode 3: Autonomous Zones of Learning
Clip from Episode 2: the seminar
Clip from Episode 2: the kitchen remake

exhibition at Het HEM as a part of Challenging Jewellery and the Sandberg Instituut's Graduation exhibition program.

© Marilyn Volkman 2020