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In ‘Object Detection Roleplay’ each participant creeps inside the skin of an everyday object and takes on the role of an object by acting out various video fragments in front of the camera. The performance is then analysed by an object detection algorithm that replaces the objects detected with previously selected images from its system. At the end of the workshop the various fragments are joined together to form a single whole in which the detected objects emphasise the dynamic relation between people, things and machines.

Arthur Boer & Boris Smeenk

Since 2016 Arthur Boer and Boris Smeenk (Digital Craft, Willem de Kooning Academy) have formed a Rotterdam-based artistic duo. They focus on contemporary digital culture, with a focus on artificial intelligence, computer vision and the dynamic relationships between people and machines. Their research is directed by technological experiments that focus on the relation between algorithmic statistics and the human imagination.

Thursday Night Workshop

Explore the design practice of thinkers, makers and designers. They will challenge you to think critically about the world around you and share their techniques and insights from their working methods. This workshop is related to the current programme Neuhaus at Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Thursday Bite

Before Thursday Night Live! 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.

Het Nieuwe Instituut reserves the right to cancel or move the workshop if there are less than five applications. If you are unable to attend, please inform us as soon as possible so that someone else can attend.

19:30 – 21:30
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite

18:30-19:30 Mercurial Algorithms

20:00-22:00 BNO IMG LAB ‘Lekker Stangen’

20:00-22:00 Book Night Kees Christiaanse: TEXTBOOK by NAi Booksellers

20:00-23:00 Archiving the City of the Future: The Tarot & Urban Time

The museum is free of charge from 17:00-21:00 


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standaard€ 7,50
Studenten, CJP, Vrienden en Members van Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75

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.