Workshop Grip and Grasp by Gitte Nygaard

“The hand is the window on to the mind“ Kant wrote, and another clever guy has added; “the hand bone is connected to the brain bone, and the brain bone is connected to the social bone“.

We have become increasingly alienated from a physical understanding of the world. But for millennia, we as humans have understood the world through things, through touch, and our connection to other people has been through what they made. 

Through our hands we shape our world and through our making of our world we form ourselves. We reach with our hands and touch with our hands, and with this reaching and touching we come to understand how things feel and are. We will spend one day to evoke and examine how sensory qualities of material are perceived through making and what we can learn about our interaction with material.

Workshop The Collective Sound Boxes by Maya Felixbrodt

This workshop is an invitation to get closer to the body: one‘s own body; the surrounding bodies;  the collective body as well as objects as non-human bodies. All of these different elements will be examined in relation to the space they exist in.  

How does each of these bodies move? How does it feel? Does it sound? How does the relationship with the other bodies, living and inanimate, affect each other? Can we articulate new relations as collective bodies? 

We will dive into exploration through movement, touch and sound; through action and observation; play, improvisation, composition and choreography- with exercises based on the Laban Movement Analysis System (LBMS). 

Creative Sushi workshop „Rietveldish /Jewel sushi“ by Q Hisashi Shibata 


 Graphic Design by Eva Mahhov and Diane Reynier 

The Graduation Show 2021 will take place at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie buildings from 7 until 11 July 2021.

The Jewellery – Linking Bodies department proudly presents the works of seven outstanding artists: Mathilde Arens, Augustina Banyte, Chella Giphart, Minhwa Kang, Eva Mahhov, Virág Szálas-Motesiczky and Diane Reynier. They share an interest in how bodies relate to the worlds in which they are immersed, as well as a desire to make use of their graduation show as an opportunity for a lively and collective research. 

The Graduation Show can only be visited by reservation, this by booking a specific time slot in advance. Book your time slot online from this Wednesday, June 23 onwards on our website

We are looking forward to seeing you !

Jan Hanlo Essay Prize trophy by Alma Teer

Alma Teer, Second year at the Jewellery Linking- Bodies department, during the Jan Hanlo Essay prize ceremony
The selected trophy design by Alma Teer

The 2021 trophy of the Jan Hanlo Essay Prize was designed by second-year student Alma Teer of the Jewellery-Linking Bodies department. Her initial inspiration derived form a paper plane that in its innocence and fragility contrasts sharply with the noisy airplanes described by Jan Hanlo in his poem ‘Never Quiet Again’. To transform this concept into a trophy, Alma recalled her first memory of a ceremony, namely the awarding of her swimming diploma. The trophy is a hand-calligraphed certificate that was first signed by the jury’s chair and the prize winner, then folded into a paper plane and handed over to the prize winner by air. The awarding explored both the trophy as an object and the moment when someone is honored as a winner. The assignment was supervised by guest lecturer Liesbet Bussche.