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Reading Room lecture with philosopher and feminist theoretician Rosi Braidotti. She is a Distinguished University Professor and founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University.

19:30 – 21:30
also this evening

16:00-18:00 International Clinic

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite

19:00-21:00 Night Shift: Where do you stand? Museum work in a polarised society

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

Contemporary culture celebrates eternal youth, while showing the highest disregard for all living entities, human and non-human. Advanced capitalism is a brutal, unsustainable system that consumes everything it touches and erodes the very foundations on which it is built. Many people, species and cultures are dying today, on our very damaged and divided planet. And yet, we lack a suitable language and methodology to deal with the ageing and dying process in our times. This lecture explores affirmative experiments with ageing through the work of a number of popular singers: Joni Mitchell, Marianne Faithful, Barbara and Aretha Franklin. How does affirmative ethics help us deal with contemporary ways of ageing and dying?  


This event is part of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s long-term research on burn-out. The initiative addresses the exhaustion of a growing number of human and other bodies, as a symptom of the presence of exploitative structures within society, throughout institutional, political and biological ecologies.

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.

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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Become a Member of Het Nieuwe Instituut and you’ll support our mission to navigate the vast and evolving field of design. You’ll also be inspired by our special program of Members’ events, meeting up with other like-minded people as we invite you to reflect with us on design’s changing role in technology, economics, culture and society.

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.