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‘Reading Matter’ explores the relationship between design and matter from ecological, historical or sensory perspectives. What underpins the cultural difference between matter and material? And what are the possibilities for the non-exploitative forms of coexistence with the material world?

19:30 – 21:00
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite

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


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standard€ 7,50
Students, CJP, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75

Reading Matter

Matter becomes material when it is approached through the lens of human productivity, and therefore certain aspects of matter remain overlooked or unrecognised. The direct experience and observation of complex phenomena, from chemical to quantum and micro-gravitational, invite us to rethink the nature of our relationship with matter. In this talk, artist Evelina Domnitch will address strategies for expanding the human perception of the material forces — from performative environments to phenomenological experiments, exceeding the scope of science and blurring the disciplinary boundaries.

The event is organised in conjunction with the Neuhaus programme for more-than-human knowledge, opening at Het Nieuwe Instituut in May 2019.

Evelina Domnitch

Evelina Domnitch received an MA in Philosophy from Belarusian State University. Forming an artist duo with Dmitry Gelfand, Domnitch creates sensory immersion environments that merge physics, chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices. Current findings, particularly regarding wave phenomena, are employed by the artists to investigate questions of perception and perpetuity. The duo has collaborated with numerous scientific research facilities, including LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory), the Atominstitut (TU, Vienna), RySQ (Rydberg Quantum Simulators), and with composer William Basinski; their work has been exhibited at Ars Electronica, TodaysArt, HKW, CTM, Bozar, and MAXXI among other venues.

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
Kristoffer Li & Kristoffer Halse Sølling

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.