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The Others (2001), by director Alejandro Amenábar, will be screened at Het Nieuwe Instituut on 31 October within the context of the installation Spirits in the Material World. The film is part of a horror movie programme accompanying the installation, compiled by artist Heman Chong. The film programme further consists of a screening of Dark Water (2001) on 10 October and A Ghost Story (2017) on 5 December.

The Others

A woman named Grace retires with her two children to a mansion on Jersey, towards the end of the Second World War, where she's waiting for her husband to come back from battle. The children have a disease which means they cannot be touched by direct sunlight without being hurt in some way. They will live alone there with oppressive, strange and almost religious rules, until she needs to hire a group of servants for them. Their arrival will accidentally begin to break the rules with unexpected consequences. Synopsis: IMDB.

Spirits in the Material World

In Spirits in the Material World, artist Heman Chong reflects on spaces that exist in the darkness; the slippages into the netherworld. The installation is on view in Het Nieuwe Instituut from 10 October 2019 to 29 December 2019.

The installation and program reflect on a sphere of architecture that is not easily explained or understood - the relationship between the spiritual and material world. Through a fully functioning bookshop, a film series and a video work, Chong reveals how certain events trigger a consensual view on certain spaces as 'haunted,' and how the alleged presence of ghosts becomes an unpredictable disruptor in unaffordable real estate markets such as Hong Kong, New York, or Dubai. Spirits, rumours, financial and real estate logic thus converge to shape the more-than-human imaginaries and markets for the architecture of contemporary housing.

19:30 – 22:00
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite 

19:00-21:00 Guest Programme: The Industrial Renaissance

20:00-22:00 BNO IMG LAB: Yellow Pages

Museum free of charge from 17:00-21:00 


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Free entrance, RSVP via tickets

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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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.