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The Ghostwriter is an individual who writes content under someone else’s name, obscuring their authorship in exchange for pay. By outsourcing his project to cheap and anonymous labour forces on freelance platforms such as Fiverr, Stefan Stefansson exposes the shifting position of the graphic designer within the current economic climate; one where labour is increasingly outsourced, delegated, masked and displaced.

19:30 – 21:00
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite

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

How is the practice of a designer constituted, enhanced or limited by the growing amount of online marketplaces and informal platform economies? While the very idea of ‘authorship’ is being multiplied and dissolved with the proliferation of software-human extensions and entrepreneurial tools, this transition cannot be separated from the systemic conditions within the creative sector. Does this shift directly push, enable or limit the possibilities of a designer to perform their work?

Departing from practices that interrogate the conditions of nomadic [graphic] design labour today, the conversation will look for other forms of engagement — and forms of collective authorship — in the Netherlands and beyond. With Stefan Stefansson, Silvio Lorusso, Lara Garcia Diaz and Fanfare (Freja Kir and Miquel Hervás Gómez).

The event is organised in collaboration with Onomatopee Projects in Eindhoven and city curator Josh Plough, and follows up on their roundtable discussion Bring Your Own Bricks and exhibition ‘Do or Delegate!’, curated by Silvio Lorusso.

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.