When we speak about the digital world, we use words such as the cloud for data storage, and the metaverse for a virtual reality. But as Dr. Patrícia Domingues aptly points out with her research and work, the very real physical realities to enable the use of digital tools, requiring increasingly more data, is very much ‘real’. A research fellow at the Jewellery-Linking Bodies Department in the Gerrit Rietevelde Academie Patrícia investigates how artificial intelligence, metaverse worlds and digital structures frame the way humans think while drastically reshaping the way landscapes are handled. In this episode, we discuss her jewellery practice to date and the research she is currently working on.
Patrícia Domingues gained a Master of Arts from the University of Trier, Department of Gemstone and Jewellery Design in Idar-Oberstein, Germany in 2013 and a PhD in Visual Arts from the University of Hasselt & PXL-MAD School of Arts in 2022. Since 2009 she has participated in group and solo exhibitions across Europe and further afield.
Her work has received numerous prizes: New Traditional Jewellery in Amsterdam (2012), Talente Award in Munich (2014), Mari Funaki Award for Emerging Artist in Australia (2014) and the Young Talent Prize of the European World Crafts Council in Belgium (2015).
Currently, Domingues is a research fellow at Jewellery-Linking Bodies Department, Gerrit Rieteveld Academie where she investigates how artificial intelligence, metaverse worlds and digital structures frame the way humans think while drastically reshaping the way landscapes are handled. The main focus of her research involves exploring the way technology lives through extractivism, dependent on mineral and geological sources.