2017
28
Sep

An evening in collaboration with Playgrounds Festival, with typography, illustration and moving arts. With three designers from the world of motion graphics, focussing on their own discipline. Featuring Mike Pelletier, Jeroen Krielaars and Fons Schiedon.

2017
05
Oct

A kaleidoscopic evening of architectural photography taking the State Archive of Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning as its starting point. Contributions by photographer Frank van der Salm, architect Jan Benthem, author Sanneke van Hassel, conservator Ellen Smit, and restorer Erica Jonkman.

2017
12
Oct

Writers, poets, thinkers and designers celebrate and analyse the richness of the Dutch landscape on the occasion of the 180th anniversary edition of the literary magazine De Gids. A conversation between author and philosopher Dirk van Weelden and landscape architect Adriaan Geuze, moderated by Marten Kuijpers and interspersed with readings by the writers and poets Maria Barnas, Peer Wittenbols, Sasja Janssen and Maarten van der Graaff.

Past events

2017
14
Sep
19:30 – 21:00
 

Gediminas and Nomeda Urbonas from Urbonas Studios will explore the notion of protest in the context of their interdisciplinary research, which advocates for the reclamation of public culture in the face of overwhelming privatization. Quinsy Gario will moderate this evening.

2017
07
Sep

You are invited to an Evening of Awesome to celebrate the opening of the new season, featuring a magazine and an architecture centre and hundreds of objects which compete for your attention. Conversations with Giovanna Borasi and Mirko Zardini (CCA), Kirsten Algera and Ernst van der Hoeven (MacGuffin), Lionel Devlieger (Rotor) en Jurgen Bey (Studio Makkink & Bey).

2017
13
Jul

On 13 July 2017 the last Thursday Night Live! before the summer break celebrated past activities of Het Nieuwe Instituut with a Cocktail Dînatoire for old and new friends. It was an inspirational summer evening that featured food, conversations with design studio OK-RM, Monadnock, live mural painting by artist Thomas Trum, pedalos in the pond, pop-in expo 100 years De Stijl stamps and music.

2017
06
Jul

Due to the rapid computerisation and the equally rapid growth of the Internet, digital resources are now collected in quantities that were never anticipated. This requires a new approach in which digital artists and designers are important sources of inspiration. Het Nieuwe Instituut presents a diptych by artist Rafaël Rozendaal and data designer Jan Willem Tulp.

2017
22
Jun
20:00 – 22:00
 

Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken (A / BZ) share their insights in to the Hype Cycle, discussing how a new technology advances through the entire cycle from promise to accepted product. What do creatives contribute to this? With speakers Baschz Leeft, Nick Topp, Just Things Foundation, Tom Loois and Bram van Dijk.

2017
15
Jun

A well known fact since the US election is that bots and algorithms play a major role in spreading fake news and in the emergence of filter bubbles. But bots can also play a more critical role. These ‘critical bots’ are the focus of Bot Club 2. Join us for an evening with media artist Julian Oliver, digital culture researcher Anne Helmond, and the bots themselves.

2017
08
Jun

Artist and technopolitical strategist Simona Levi will talk about her multidisciplinary practice in which she strives for free culture, e-democracy and the strategic use of digital tools for collective organisation, communication and action.  

2017
01
Jun

After the first two talks on ministerial ambitions and power, the Ministry of Spatial Affairs wants a reality check. What should the Ministry know to create an effective new policy? An evening about hard facts with Jelte Boeijenga, Wendy Verschoor, Pieter Boot and Marco Hoppesteyn.

2017
24
May

From the Daleks, C3-PO to Her. Do they take over the world, our jobs or are they just handy helpers in fighting loneliness or the household? Are we designing robots or will they be designing for us later? As long as they adhere to the three laws of Asimov!

2017
18
May

Thursday Night Live! on 18 May 2017 was about screensavers, anonymous digital artefacts that began as the solution to a problem and developed in to a space for experimentation, before disappearing without a sound from our digital lives. Rafael Rozendaal in conversation with co-maker of the After Dark screensaver series Bill Stewart and Dutch media artist Jan Robert Leegte.

2017
17
May
20:00 – 21:30
 

On 17 May 2017 Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley gave a lecture and book presentation on the question: Are we Human? Moderator was Dirk van den Heuvel (Jaap Bakema Study Centre).

2017
11
May
19:30 – 21:00
 

Making up Mars on 11 May 2017 was about the interplay between cultural, scientific and technical ideas related to living on Mars. Agata Kołodziejczyk (European Space Agency, ESA), artist Ivan Henriques and Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Het Nieuwe Instituut) gave lectures on their perspective on the Red Planet. Moderator was Aldje van Meer (Willem de Kooning Academy).

2017
03
May

On 3 March 2017 Design duo Formafantasma presented their research into global ore flows, from overground mining to e-waste. In conversation with curator Natasha Hoare, they investigated the relationship of designers and institutions in highlighting the landscape of mining and manufacture. This dialogue questioned the “immateriality” in digital design enabled by metal ores. Curator Natasha Hoare and artist Giuseppe Licare joined the discussion. .

2017
26
Apr

The BNO IMG LAB evening on 26 April 2017 was about escaping. What triggers the decision to change course or to take a completely new route? What if you escaped war and need to start again? Are your designs influenced by a changing world? Does change trigger inspiration and result in a creative leap forward? Run, Forest, run!

2017
20
Apr
19:30 – 21:00
Het Nieuwe Instituut

On 20 April 2017 Game designer Paolo Pedercini, founder of Molleindustria, talked about the role of gaming in making better citizens and better cities. This lecture was part of the Games for Cities Conference.

2017
13
Apr

This performative evening was about the perceived identity of the moving body in today's networked space of outward appearance. Explored through a series of acting exercises for motion capture technology performed by Gareth Taylor, in which the audience was encouraged to participate. Simone Niquille gave a lecture about Gait Analysis and afterwards took photo's with an infrared camera.

2017
06
Apr

On 6 April 2017 Thursday Night Live! was about feminisms in architecture and a manifestation of work by women that is included in the State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. With the TU Delft Feminists, architect Afaina de Jong and urban planner Riek Bakker.

2017
03
Apr

Professor of Anthropology Rosalind C. Morris examines the social life and aftermath of matter. Specifically, she gave a reading of the conflict mineral Gold through various formats, including film and text. With a response by Het Nieuwe Instituut fellow Füsun Türetken.

2017
30
Mar
20:00 – 22:00
 

This BNO IMG LAB evening was dedicated to mathematics in graphic design. An evening for designers on fractals, coding and patterns.

2017
23
Mar
19:30 – 21:30
Het Nieuwe Instituut

This evening brought together Rotterdam-based designer Chris Kabel, who conceived the exhibition Designing the Surface during his fellowship at Het Nieuwe Instituut, designer and digital artist Lucy Hardcastle, Jurrien Brouwer from Philips, and design critic Alice Rawsthorn.

2017
16
Mar

CCA chief curator Giovanna Borasi and artist Nabil Ahmed presented their recent work on the relation between architecture, territory and health, followed by an open conversation with Andrea Bagnato (research fellow at HNI). In this Reading Room, historical examples were put in a dialogue with recent epidemics to explore infectious diseases from a spatial point of view.

2017
09
Mar

A week before the Dutch elections the second meeting of the Ministry of Spatial Affairs emphasized on political power. Based on the conviction that spatial affairs affect everyone and must not be left solely to the commercial market, the New institute organized a series of formation meetings with Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman (ZUS) and Stephan Petermann (OMA / AMO) of the new Ministry of Spatial Affairs.

2017
02
Mar

On 2 March 2017 The Bot Club took a critical look at a world in which bots, algorithmic agents and generative processes do the work. Helping to place this world centre stage are media artist and bot-maker, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, and Me You and the Robot.

2017
23
Feb
20:00 – 22:00
 

This Thursday Night Live! BNO IMG LAB evening was dedicated to manual craftmanship. Why do designers sometimes choose manual craftmanship over digital produced works? What is the charm of craft in video, illustration or graphic design? On 23 February, BNO IMG LAB presented handiwork at its best!

2017
09
Feb

For over 60 million people in the world today, shelter must be sought through constant movement or escape. This fact motivated Sean Anderson, a curator at MoMA, to organize the exhibition Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter to explore the ways in which contemporary architecture and design have addressed notions of shelter in the light of global refugee emergencies.

2017
02
Feb
19:30 – 21:00
Het Nieuwe Instituut

This evening the State Archive for Architecture and Urban Planning was squatted in order to explore traces of the Netherlands’ history of squatting and its significance for contemporary architecture. With contributions from curator Hetty Berens, architect Ton Venhoeven, researcher and artist Reinier Kranendonk and researcher and activist René Boer.

2017
26
Jan
20:00 – 22:00
 

Dutch Design is not generally synonymous with flamboyant excess. But a bit of exaggeration and opulence is actually no bad thing. We’re diving into the New Year with nothing but flamboyant excess in our line-up. Sometimes less is less.

2017
19
Jan

In 2010 the Netherlands brought an end to fifty years of centralised spatial planning. Since then, spatial planning has followed the credo ‘decentralise where possible, centralise where necessary’. What are the results of this policy after six years and what new relationships has it created? Who dictates the Netherlands’ spatial planning today and what drives them?

2017
19
Jan
19:00 – 19:30
Het Nieuwe Instituut

In 1983, the Dutch architect Jan For Berg, partner of Rem Koolhaas, travelled to Rio de Janeiro. He was murdered when visiting the social housing complex Pedregulho (designed by Affonso Eduardo Reidy). In 2016, Pedro Varella and Sjoerd ter Borg visited the place and decided to make a film that gives voice to the only witness of the event: Pedregulho itself. Part of the Thursday Night Live! programme.

2017
12
Jan

The current cross-pollination between nature, science and creativity is producing radical changes in material reality. An evening for sharing and discussing new developments. Speakers included Olivier van Herpt, winner of the New Material Award, Diana Scherer, the New Material Fellow for 2016 and designer Bart Hess. The discussion was moderated by Andrea van Pol.

2017
05
Jan
19:30 – 21:00
Het Nieuwe Instituut

The second edition of Decolonising Design, an evening that questioned the dominant position of Western design culture and opened it up to different perspectives. The first well-attended evening focused on expressions of design culture and demanded a follow-up. This time the focus was on the digital systems behind design processes. With a lecture by Ramon Amaro.

2016
15
Dec
20:00 – 22:00
 

This month’s evening for and by makers and designers zooms in on the smallest of the small. Individual design and research practice forms the point of departure for an active exchange of knowledge and inspiration.

2016
08
Dec

This evening will celebrate and interrogate the work of Irma Boom. In dialogue with Daniel van der Velden, co-founder of Metahaven, Boom will unpack notions of process, attention, concentration, density, typography and objecthood that are central to her practice.

2016
01
Dec
20:00 – 22:00
 

What exactly is an architectural drawing today? How are authorship and originality re-conceptualised in an age of electronic reproduction? From beautiful BIM to the immortal quality of the hand-drawn. In collaboration with the Jaap Bakema Study Centre. With architect and artist Will Alsop.

2016
24
Nov

Femke Snelting reads computer code from a cyberfeminist perspective, noting the cultural assumptions and blind spots behind the programming. With the audience she will read the BioVision Hierarchy standard for motion capture. What assumptions about the human body does it conceal? What effect do these have when movement is translated into code?

2016
17
Nov

Monthly evening by and for makers and designers. This time featuring highlights from the final exams of July 2016 that show the range of talent coming from Dutch academies.

2016
10
Nov
20:00 – 22:00
 

With the Rio Olympics still fresh in the memory, artist James Bridle gave a lecture on parallels between tracking-technologies on the sports field and surveillance technologies used in the city.

2016
03
Nov

Artist Hito Steyerl will give the Benno Premsela Lecture 2016. She is is one of the most intriguing artists working today. Her lecture is inspired by a text by architect George Nelson entitled A Problem of Design: How to Kill People. Respondent is Dutch Chief Government Architect Floris Alkemade.

2016
20
Oct
20:00 – 22:00
 

Two weeks after Animal Day, designers and image-makers show works that they have made with, for, or out of animals. Individual design and research practice forms the point of departure for an active exchange of knowledge and inspiration. With Gerard Peet, Raoul Deleo, Bart Jansen and Poopy Cat.

2016
13
Oct

In cities like London, New York and even in less privatised Amsterdam, housing is becoming more and more limited and expensive. In this Reading Room architect Jack Self will read ‘domestic time’ to uncover unexpected strategies to renegotiate the home into a place for living instead of an object for speculation.

2016
06
Oct
20:00 – 22:00
 

In relation to the installation Space Embodied in Het Nieuwe Instituut, historian Irina Sirotkina delivers a lecture on the stormy development of this ‘free dance’ and its philosophical context.

2016
29
Sep
20:00 – 22:00
 

An evening that questioned the dominant position of Western design culture and opened it up to new perspectives. Speakers were new media artist Tabita Rezaire, author of The Politics of Design Ruben Pater, culture critic Egbert Alejandro Martina and product design strategist Shahab Zehtabchi. The evening was moderated by curator and author Amal Alhaag.

2016
22
Sep
20:00 – 22:00
 

An evening devoted to the myriad manifestations of the illustrated story and the cartoon, with particular attention for the relationship between the cartoon and architecture, music and other art forms. In collaboration with the Cross Comix festival. With Typex, Hanco Kolk, and Erik Kriek.

2016
20
Sep
19:30 – 21:30
 

The tatami is a Japanese floor mat with dimensions based on the human body. It is one of the four ‘platforms’ featured in the series of installations Platform. Body/Space. During this evening, art historian Dr. Sophie Berrebi presented the research behind Platform. Body/Space and professor Carola Hein gave a lecture on the history and cultural significance of the tatami. 

2016
15
Sep

Is there such a thing as ‘queer space’ and can it be designed? During this evening the Archive of Dutch architects and urban planners was being viewed through queer eyes. With archivist Alfred Marks, political scientist Mounir Samuel, filmmaker Tim Leyendekker, Prof. Jasmine Rault, architect Riëtte van der Werff and architect/researcher Dirk van den Heuvel. 

2016
08
Sep
20:00 – 22:00
 

Our body is both our strength and our weakness. It is the thing with which we express and live our notion of ‘self’, but also what confines us: the body is the instrument through which society, politics and the state define us and impose identity. With, among others, Jos de Mul, professor in Philosophical Anthropology at the Erasmus University, designer Simone C. Niquille and artist Philippine Hoegen.

2016
01
Sep

This Reading Room reflected on the mechanisms of terrorist image production. Which visual qualities and media strategies – strategies that are now deployed just as effectively by nation states – are mobilised in the spectacle of terror? With Felix Ensslin, Professor of Aesthetics and Art Mediation at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design and Laurent de Sutter, Professor of Legal Theory at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Moderated by Marten Kuijpers (Het Nieuwe Instituut).

2016
07
Jul

Can design contribute to improving the living standards of populations in conflict zones? A conversation with the curators of the Austrian, German and Dutch pavilions at the Venice Architecture Biennale and Luke Korhaar of UNHCR.

2016
30
Jun

Fashion is a means of expressing our identity. It has a strong tradition of male and female stereotypes and is often heavily loaded with social and cultural signifiers. In this talk show Sylvana Simons spoke with the new generation fashion designers about designing for a gender-fluid and culturally diverse reality.

2016
23
Jun
20:00 – 22:00
 

Design in image and sound. With Jaap Drupsteen, Elza-Jo, Piet Jan Blauw, The Plastic Fantastic Timemachine and WLDRF. Swinging designs and designers that swing. Without rhythm, there can be no music, but can you have a good design without rhythm? Graphic design heroes who get everything moving in sync, photographers whose images create their own dimension and musicians who produce sounds from instruments that aren’t actually instruments at all. Let's rock and roll!

2016
16
Jun

Game Night featured a preview of the game competition Dutch College League and a discussion about the significance of this new form of sport. E-sport- competitive gaming at a professional level - is like other sports in many respects: there are rules, spectators, commentators, and permissible and forbidden substances. There are tournaments around the world in which multimillion-dollar prizes are no exception. It is no surprise that e-sports attract tens of thousands of people and can fill stadiums. 

2016
10
Jun
20:00 – 22:00
 

Who controls the city and its crowds? Mark Wasiuta (GSAPP Columbia University) and Pedro Rivera (architect and Studio X Rio) drew a complex and fascinating image of the city of Rio de Janeiro as a matrix of different forces. Read the text of the lecture of Pedro Rivera.

2016
09
Jun

Unfortunately, due to personal circumstances, Bill Gaver had to cancel this Thursday Night lecture. A new date in autumn 2016 will be planned. Keep an eye on our website to stay informed.

With his trailblazing book Design: Cultural Probes (1999) Professor Bill Gaver introduced a new research method aimed at stimulating dialogue between designers and the people for whom their designs are ultimately intended. Seventeen years later, Gaver looks back on some of his projects conducted according to this and other related methods, and talks about the current interaction between designers and their public. 

2016
02
Jun

To launch Rotterdam Architecture Month, Chief Government Architect Floris Alkemade presented his vision and agenda for the coming four years in Het Nieuwe Instituut’s auditorium. Central to his talk was the search for the social element within the architecture brief and innovation through design. 

2016
26
May
20:00 – 22:00
 

Data in colour, smell, taste, money and movement. With Catalogtree,  Froukje Tan, Karin Schwandt, and Jan Willem Tulp.

 

2016
19
May
20:00 – 22:00
 

On the eve of Rotterdam’s Opera Days festival (20-29 May) our guest was theatre and opera director Johan Simons. Wilfried de Jong talked with him about (music) theatre as gesamtkunstwerk and the role of the director and the stage designer. 

2016
12
May

This Reading Room, led by Cooking Sections, combined a performative dinner with a critical reading of the food system. What impact do our food choices have on climate and ecology in particular?

2016
05
May

What is the significance, both nationally and internationally, of the Temporary Fashion Museum? Now that the project is drawing to a close, it is time to take stock and divulge our findings. Various views, from experts from academia, the museological world and the fashion industry, were voiced on 5 May during a public discussion.

2016
21
Apr

‘Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. It's about self expression and, above all, attitude.’ That, according to 92-year-old style icon Iris Apfel, is the best way to be fashionable or ‘swag’. Three strong, sexy and independent women delivered the proof in the theatre show Swag

2016
15
Apr

In collaboration with The Berlage, five high-profile international guests joined OMA/AMO's Reinier de Graaf and the students of the Berlage Theory Master Class for a final debate on With the Masses - Architecture and Participation this Friday Night.

2016
07
Apr
20:00 – 22:00
Het Nieuwe Instituut

Malkit Shoshan recently travelled to Camp Castor, a UN base near the Malian city of Gao. This evening, Shoshan reported on what she found there. Camp Castor is a case study in her ongoing research, the results of which she is presenting at the fifteenth Architecture Biennale in Venice.

2016
24
Mar
20:00 – 22:00
Het Nieuwe Instituut

A colourful evening about madness as strategy. Everything around you is made by people who are not necessarily cleverer than you. So what’s stopping you from changing everything to suit your own wishes? Your bold plans: senseless or insane? Find out during Barry de Bruin’s colourful evening and give life a beating as though it were a piñata. Something sweet is bound to fall out!

2016
17
Mar

Do present-day practitioners share a physical and conceptual heritage, or is design increasingly becoming an imperative towards self-design in an age of increasing circulation and networks?

2016
03
Mar

In 1970 an abandoned military barracks in the Danish capital Copenhagen was squatted. Christiania is a fascinating example of how the meeting of top-down and bottom-up policy-making can lead to alternative forms of urban development, drugs policy and democratic decision-making.

2016
25
Feb
20:00 – 22:00
Het Nieuwe Instituut

Monthly evening for and by designers and makers who will use their own research or design practice as the starting point for an active exchange of knowledge and inspiration around a topical theme. 

2016
18
Feb
20:00 – 22:00
Het Nieuwe Instituut

Fashion exists not only in the physical domain but can also create new realities through animation and virtual reality. Fashion designer and animator Jacob Kok enjoys working in both realms.

2016
28
Jan

Choreographer Celia Rowlson-Hall’s remarkable feature film debut explores gender issues and questions role patterns. The screening was part of the Temporary Fashion Museum and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. 

2016
21
Jan
20:00 – 22:00
Het Nieuwe Instituut

We dove into the wonderful world of endless patterns and explore the hypnotic, addictive effects and beauty of fractals, patterns, formulas and algorythms.

2016
07
Jan
20:00 – 22:00
 

On 7 January Het Nieuwe Instituut kicks off the new year’s season of Thursday Nights with a talk show in which architect Mathis J. Bout, fashion designer and photographer Florine van Rees and designer Gert Franke will share with the public the things that fascinate and inspire them, and perhaps the things that irritate them too. With music selected by Radna Rumping. 

2015
17
Dec
20:00 – 22:00
 

In this edition of Reading Room Michelle Provoost and Wouter Vanstiphout examined the spatial implications of the immigration crisis.

2015
03
Dec
20:00 – 22:00
 

Fashion designer Jan Taminiau will talk about his sources of inspiration, his knowledge of craft techniques, his absolute love for couture, and the creation of his own label JANTAMINIAU.

2015
26
Nov

We are more than ever aware how we are continuously monitored and how our data are being mined, stored, and analyzed. How can agency be reclaimed in the face of the contemporary security apparatus? With artist Paolo Cirio.

2015
12
Nov
20:00 – 22:00
 

What does intellectual property mean in the fashion world? Esther Meijer’s ‘Smiley Knee’ leggings were copied by H&M. This inspired her to make the documentary The Right to Copy.

2015
29
Oct
20:00 – 22:00
 

Prints and patterns come in all shapes and sizes and they are all the rage at the moment, especially in the fashion world. This evening will look beyond their decorative power to examine their possible meanings and alternative applications: from patterns with symbolic values to the technological breakthrough of interactive sunscreen prints on glazed building facades. With fashion designer Liselore Frowijn, textile artist Christie van der Haak and designer Willem van der Sluis. 

2015
22
Oct

This autumn the Rotterdam-based architecture practice MVRDV is transferring its archive to Het Nieuwe Instituut. It is the first major archive to be added to the State Archive for Architecture that consists primarily of digital materials. What does this mean for the preservation and management of this archive? 

2015
15
Oct

Anneke Smelik, professor of Visual Culture, talks about the transformative power of cyber-couture. Whereas in previous decades fashion’s primary concern was brand identity, today the focus appears to have shifted to other values than luxury and consumption. New technologies have made possible personalised silhouettes and industrial production of single unique garments.

2015
08
Oct

In an age in which the writing of fashion history has been relegated to the PR departments of fashion houses, Het Nieuwe Instituut attempts to construct an open canon of Dutch fashion. Guus Beumer, artistic director of the Temporary Fashion Museum, takes the Reading Room public on a journey through Dutch fashion history.

2015
01
Oct
20:00 – 22:00
 

Fashion is more than just clothing. It is, above all, an endless universe of seductive images. In this kaleidoscopic evening we look at the construction of fashion imagery from a variety of perspectives.

2015
24
Sep
20:00 – 22:00
 

As part of Temporary Fashion Museum, Het Nieuwe Instituut partners with Stripped Fashion to present the Rotterdam premiere of the documentary The True Cost, an exposé of the harsh realities behind the clothes we buy.

2015
17
Sep

How do you tell stories with data? In times of abundant flows of Open and Big Data, processing, interpretation and visualisation has become more urgant than ever. This Lecture Night is a collaboration with the Master of Design course at the Willem de Kooning Academy and is part of its series of 'Open Lectures’.

2015
10
Sep
20:00 – 22:00
 

Het Nieuwe Instituut celebrates the opening of the new cultural season with a sparkling evening devoted to the newest of the new. Special guests from various design disciplines share their latest news with us. With fashion designer Mattijs van Bergen, journalist and artist Ine Poppe, designer and art director Woes van Haaften and interior designer Daniela Schelle.

2015
03
Sep

In collaboration with the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam and the Vereniging Deltametropool, we will seek out untamed nature in the city at the tail end of the summer. We are screening two films that address the subject in different ways: Louis Le Roy and Brussels Wild.

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Kristoffer Li & Kristoffer Halse Sølling

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.