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NINJA ¬Independent Narratives, Journalism and Action¬ – aka Mídia Ninja – is a decentralized network of volunteer journalists who produce and disseminate reports based on collaborative work and online sharing. Ninjas are primarily involved in real time broadcasting, but also produce news stories, documentaries and investigative journalism in Brazil and abroad.

21:00 – 22:00
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite

19:30 – 20:30 Architecture of Appropriation. Between institutions and activist practices

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


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


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

The collective became known internationally for its outstanding coverage of the 2013 Brazilian social protests but has existed since 2011. Its capillary organizational culture caters to the need for direct witnessing in an age of ubiquitous digital network communication. The agility of Mídia Ninja’s networked organizational form allows journalists "to be there at the right moment", without a large and expansive infrastructure. They reinforce independent journalism by challenging the news monopoly of traditional media corporations. 

Over the last years, they have reframed journalism as a public good and civic tool, and revitalized the use of non-edited and live video reports. They emphasize that the decision to be at a certain place at a certain time, or to point the camera in a certain direction, are all to be considered editorial decisions. Mídia Ninja’s coverage reminds us that new situations require new approaches and a continuous negotiation of arrangements.

This evening, Rafael da Silva Vilela and Felipe Altenfelder Silva will present their work at Mídia Ninja, addressing the urban appropriation techniques they developed over the last years, as well as their ‘no-cut’ video philosophy. Respondents are designer Ruben Pater and architect and artist Ola Hassanain.

Before the event, you are invited to join the lecture and discussion 'Architecture of Appropriation'. Tickets for 'Streaming from the Streets: Mídia Ninja' are also valid for this lecture. 

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.