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Artist and technopolitical strategist Simona Levi talked 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.

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The conditions of the present day — including the increasing privatization of public space, on- and offline surveillance, rise of populist nationalism and the militarisation of frontiers — demand a striking, uncensored, and imaginative response from creative practitioners. Levi’s lecture will discuss issues she encounters in her work of the empowerment of citizens to become part of decision making processes of which they traditionally were excluded from.

The lecture of Simona Levi took place within the context of the exhibition Architecture of Appropriation

Simona Levi

Simona Levi is a theatre director, playwright, technopolitical strategist, cultural manager and curator, multidisciplinary artist using scenography and audiovisual and multimedia formats, researcher, reporter, teacher. As an activist, she has focused in recent years on free culture, digital democracy and the strategic use of digital tools for organisation, technopolitical communication, collective action, the struggle against state corruption, and for the renovation of democracy. Founder of projects like Xnet and 15MpaRato, which led to the trial of the chief executives of Bankia—ranked as the fifth bank in Spain—Levi organises platforms in order to bring corruption to light.

Het Nieuwe Instituut Lecture Series

In the Het Nieuwe Instituut Lecture Series, a diverse range of speakers will take the stage. The series’ starting point is its trans-disciplinary stance, which acknowledges that the architects of today’s changing world are miscellaneous by default. By sharing their knowledge and personal fascinations, they provide useful lenses to help us navigate the excess of information to distinguish signal from noise. They inspire, reflect and provide fuel for discussion, in doing so also reflecting upon their own discipline and the ways in which it is changing.

19:30 – 21:00

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam

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.