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This event focuses on the tensions between institutions and activist practices, and address the construction of institutional memory, ways to acknowledge and archive unrepresented voices and criminalized urban practice, as well as collective forms of authorship. With statements by Amal Alhaag (Research Centre for Material Culture), René Boer (Failed Architecture), Rianne de Beer and Giulia de Giovanelli (Vereniging Poortgebouw / Autonomous Archive), Marina Otero Verzier (Het Nieuwe Instituut), Piet Vollaard (Stad in de Maak), Katía Truijen (Het Nieuwe Instituut) and other speakers to be confirmed.

19:30 – 20:30
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite 

21:00-22:00 Streaming from the Streets: Mídia Ninja on ‘no-cut’ video and urban appropriation techniques

The museum is free of charge from 17:00-21:00 


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standard€ 7,50
Students, CJP, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75

In 2016 Het Nieuwe Instituut embarked on a research project around squatting as a form of architecture. The project aimed to open up a discussion on the inclusion of criminalized spatial practices in architectural debates and platforms, while acknowledging the precariousness of the communities involved as well as the need to carefully limit the processes of institutional appropriation. The project has assessed forms of architectural representation and the role of archives and museums as social and political agents, including the forms of control and consumption and changing conditions for inclusion and exclusion that this position facilitates. Architecture of Appropriation

The project and forthcoming publication Architecture of Appropriation: on Squatting as Spatial Practice recognises the role of the squatting movement in the transformation of cities and their systems of inhabitation. While squatting is mainly understood as a social movement or approached as a historical phenomenon, this publication -- involving representatives and collectives of squats, architects, urbanists, researchers, lawyers, curators, activists and archives -- reads squatting through the language of architecture and urban design, in order to offer and inspire alternative models to the policies currently driving the development of cities. The spatial analysis of the architectures of the squatting movement is mobilized here to study their resulting confluence of informal practices, legal frameworks, and sociopolitical and economic conditions, as evidence of the possibility of alternative futures for the development of cities.

The book, published by Het Nieuwe Instituut, will be released this Summer. A free copy of the publication will be sent by post to everyone who attends this event.

Following the event, you are invited to join us for the lecture and discussion Streaming from the Streets with Mídia Ninja, a decentralized network of journalists and activists who produce and disseminate reports based on collaborative work and online sharing, and to promote independent journalism. 

Thursday Bite 

Before the Thursday Night you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:00 Het Nieuwe Café will serve a light vegetarian meal. Dinner vouchers are available for € 7.70 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets link. 

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Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

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.