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On 7 January Het Nieuwe Instituut kicked off the new year’s season of Thursday Nights with a talk show in which architect Mathis J. Bout, fashion designer and photographer Florine van Rees and designer Gert Franke shared with the public the things that fascinate and inspire them, and perhaps the things that irritate them too. With music selected by Radna Rumping.

Which new developments are they following in their professional fields? Which cultural events (exhibitions, lectures, concerts) will they be attending in the near future? Which young talents are they keeping an eye on? The answers to these and other questions will ensure that everyone is completely up to date. The evening will be moderated by Léon van Geest and Flora van Gaalen. Cultural programmer and radio producer Radna Rumping will provide a sample of the latest developments in the music scene. You can listen to her playlist for Het Nieuwe Instituut 

Thursday Night Dinner

Prior to the Thursday Night at 6.30 pm we serve a meal made from fresh, organic produce in Het Nieuwe Café. An opportunity to exchange ideas with the speakers, Het Nieuwe Instituut staff and other visitors. The meal costs €17,50 including drinks.

Mathis J. Bout

Architect Mathis J. Bout is the founder of URBMATH, an office that deciphers codes of conduct and trends within urban culture and translates them into spatial strategies and designs. Recent projects include a design for the revitalisation of the Maassiloplein in Rotterdam Charlois, the design for a luxury villa in Paramaribo and an art installation for G-Shock in Berlin.

Florine van Rees

Fashion designer Florine van Rees analyses the world around her through the lens of fashion and documents it in photography and collage. She is also co-initiator of the online magazine SLASH, which explores various artistic disciplines through daily blogs by a variety of writers. 

Gert Franke

Designer Gert Franke is co-founder with Thomas Clever of CLEVER°FRANKE, a design practice that uses data-driven tools to design experiences, translating data into powerful and relevant visual information. To provide an insight into how ‘laypeople’ interpret big data visualisations, they teamed up with the University of Sheffield and the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford on the project Migration in the Census and in the News, which was nominated for a Dutch Design Award.

Radna Rumping

Radna Rumping is an independent programmer who brings together culture and heritage, music and visual art, and people and institutions. She is a partner of the cultural agency Non-fiction. Since 2007 she has hosted the radio show Future Vintage, which since 2010 has been broadcast online by Red Light Radio. She is also a founder of the Online Radio Festival and in 2016 she launched a new online station for art radio JaJaJaNeeNeeNee together with Arif Kornweitz and Orpheu de Jong.  

20:00 – 22:00

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Programme€ 7,50
Students & Friends of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75
Thursday Night Dinner€ 17,50

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.