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You could call Bas van Beek (1974) an ‘antidesigner'. His work criticises market mechanisms, branding, empty conceptualism and the uncritical personality culture around designers. For the project Archiploitations, Van Beek uses found archive material as a basis for producing new work, sometimes realising historical designs that could not be executed with the techniques of the time, or translating an existing design into his own style. 

18:45 – 19:30
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite

18:00-19:30 Drinks Pop-in Expo Tim ter Wal

19:30-21:00 Reality Club: Capitalist Realism

19:30-21:30 Workshop Dean Bowen

Museum free of charge from 17:00-21:00


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Free entrance, please RSVP

In this Archive Talk Bas van Beek is in conversation with Job Meihuizen, co-compiler of the Speculative Design Archive. Job Meihuizen (1966) is a design historian, curator and tutor. He studied Art History at the University of Amsterdam and specialised in Applied Art during his studies. Meihuizen is Chairman of the Dutch Design Awards jury and teaches at the Design Academy Eindhoven. He regularly initiates projects on the intersection between heritage and design.

Archive Talks - Speculative Design Archive

The Archive Talks series invites experts to go deeper into the stories behind various archival materials, many of which are shown in the Speculative Design Archive exhibition. What background knowledge or thoughts are hidden behind the archives in the Storage Area, the Study Depot and the Showroom? What alternative forms have been used to compile, examine, disclose and interpret them? How does this effect the way they are used and their meaning? What does this mean for the creation of future archives?

Against the backdrop of the Speculative Design Archive we talk to archivists, archive users and other experts about specific archival models. All these different perspectives are the reason for the continuous conversations about the possible forms that a design archive can take and the meanings that can be attributed to them. Informal, interactive and in an intimate setting, each conversation adds a new layer to the exhibition.



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.