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A colourful evening about madness as strategy. Everything around you is made by people who are not necessarily cleverer than you. So what’s stopping you from changing everything to suit your own wishes? Your bold plans: senseless or insane? Find out during Barry de Bruin’s colourful evening and give life a beating as though it were a piñata. Something sweet is bound to fall out!

Bart Jan de Graaf

Historian of culture and ideas. Will speak about Dada (which is celebrating its centenary) as the absurd answer to the absurdity of the First World War. Biting satire that reflects society’s ridiculous logic. 

Kees Wennekendonk

Omni-artist from Utrecht. Specially for this extraordinary evening he will play, to the accompaniment of a guitar, the oldest instrument in the world: the mouth trumpet. 

René van der Veer

Strongman from Marconia. How do you raise 30,000 m2 of experimental space from the ground? René van der Veer will talk about weightlifting and innovation in an old marshalling yard.   

Gert Dumbar

Founder of the legendary design practice Studio Dumbar, advocate and fervent disciple of pataphysics. The grand old rogue of Dutch Design will talk about madness in graphic design. 

The Mystery Guest

Which famous Rotterdam-based artist will sit in the ‘Mystery Box’ this time? The audience will have to guess. 

Ernie Mellegers

Be warned! When Ernie starts to talk, he certainly gives you a piece of his mind. This cultural historian, cyclist and writer from The Hague will enlighten us with a story about the ideas of Alfred Jarry and the philosophy of pataphysics. 

De Mona Lisa’s

Forensic investigators of self-organising visual culture. This duo will explore the origins of infectious ideas and images, from folk rituals to internet memes. In search of visual manifestations of shared ownership. 

De Eefje Wentelteefje Theater Show

Forensic investigators of self-organising visual culture. This duo will explore the origins of infectious ideas and images, from folk rituals to internet memes. In search of visual manifestations of shared ownership. (Players: Jeroen de Leijer and Frans van der Meer)

Ulla and the koala's

Rotterdam’s queen of lo-fi electropop will play a hallucinatory set at the end of the evening. 

DJ Scott

Scott Savage will provide the soundscape and the musical framing for the evening. 

Barry de Bruin

The evening’s host. Founder and former partner of Ping-pong Design (until 2015). Barry is currently on ‘maternity leave’ in joyful expectation of an idea that will make him rich beyond measure.  

date
24/03/2016
time
20:00 – 22:00
language
Dutch
 
location

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.