Mica Pan (Fine Arts) – “...from...to..." and "...from...to...(2)"


"During the Graduation Show in the side stairwell of the Rietveld Building, I created a sound-based performance making use of the acoustic property of the stairwell, through the use of language and pronunciation as a chant-like medium to address the audience in a direct manner, try to touch upon a prelinguistic, universal urge of communication and connection, which take place on the threshold of making sense, and happens in terms of frequency, a state of being than in terms of meaning.

In the prayer room, I further investigated the act of meditation, prayer, and the idea of “present" and "absent”,  where the audience who entered the room is going to encounter, through an almost invisible thread as the only clue, an unexpected location of an ongoing performance. The thread stems from the theme “communication and connection” as well just as in “...from...to...”, connecting my mouth and the corner of the room where the audience could sit. I devoted the entire five days of the graduation show from morning to night to the performance, forming a committed meditative exploration for me, during which the work accumulated throughout the course and took shape in the experience of the present moment.

“...from...to...” and “...from...to…(2)” are two complementary parts of a series of site-specific performances that took place in the side stairwell and 307 (prayer room) in Rietveld Building, Gerrit Rietveld Academie."




The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is proud to present the video portraits of selected graduation projects of 2021 as part of Rietveld Review(ed). With these portraits, we highlight and celebrate remarkable art projects from the next generation of artists. 


Rietveld Review(ed) is part of the Graduation Show’s side programme. Independent, external committees were asked to reflect on the Graduation Show (7-11 July 2021) as a whole and to signal current tendencies and themes within the exhibition. The reflections and observations were processed by the Rietveld Academie into a reflection report.


The committees were also asked to select several projects by graduates that support these observations. Presenter and program creator Luuk Heezen and cameraman Rik Lauwen then created video portraits of these selected projects and their makers. The two-to-four-minute videos offer an accessible way to explore these intimate and personal art projects further and get to know the artists and designers behind the projects – something which might not have been possible for visitors amidst the plethora of art works in the exhibition, or because the art projects could only receive a limited number of visitors due to the COVID-19 outbreak.