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A conversation with Adrian Lahoud, Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art and Sudanese diplomat Lumumba Di-Aping reflecting on Lahoud’s research ‘Climate Crimes’.


20:00 – 22:00

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


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

Climate Crimes 

This research builds on an event that took place during the 2009 UN climate change conference, where Di-Aping argued that industrialisation in the global north was contributing to 'climate genocide' in Africa. This led to a large-scale immersive video installation as part of the 2018 show ‘The Future starts Here’ in the V&A. The project explores the complex relationship between air pollution and the migration of refugees and illustrates how atmospheric particles originating in the wealthy nations of the global north – Europe, USA, China, and others impact the global south, contributing to desertification and migration.

Adrian Lahoud

Adrian Lahoud is Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. Adrian has been a part of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s Anthropocene curriculum, an experimental pedagogical project bringing together scientists, artists, architects, activists and scholars across a wide variety of fields to explore the practical and philosophical implications of climate change and widespread environmental transformation. The next iteration of the curriculum will explore the concept of ‘technosphere’ looking at systems of technical quantification and their spatial and political effects. For example the role of climate models in climate politics, systems of resource classification and their role in indigenous disputes.

Lumumba Di-Aping

Lumumba Di-Aping holds the rank of Ambassador and has served in the Sudan Mission to the United Nations since 2008. He is a chief negotiator on financial and economic issues and represented developing countries as Chairman of the Group of 77 and China at the December 2009 Copenhagen climate change conference. He is a member of the National Liberation Council of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, a group that helped end 20 years of civil war when it signed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005.

Reading Room 

The Reading Room is a series of evenings dedicated to the act of collective reading. It is a place to decipher and interpret the world with its countless languages and systems, including phenomena that by their ubiquity evade investigation. Led by an artist, researcher or designer, a small audience will reflect upon a concept, a text, an object or an image. The Reading Room is a space for intimate, provocative conversations. It is a place for creative confusion and sometimes even frustration, in which speakers and audience are not looking for concrete solutions but for higher resolutions. Subjects in previous Reading Rooms include exhibition, surveillance, migration, liquidity, museum, insecurity.

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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

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