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Worlds in which the impossible becomes possible. Worlds where you can feel and experience what is not there. What does it mean to be human in virtual reality? From narrative experiments to virtual documentaries, how do these VR productions come about? 

20:00 – 22:00
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite

19:00-21:00 Night Shift: What went wrong here?

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

Important Note 

From 16:00 on 20 February, two VR exhibits will be on view in the Auditorium at Het Nieuwe Instituut - ROZSYPNE and Eden's Adventure. Don't forget to come on time!

Yvonne van Ulden and Andre Bergs 

Yvonne van Ulden and Andre Bergs created Fight AR Performance, an immersive theatre experience of animated augmented reality about the first female MMA champion ever - the Dutch mixed martial artist Marloes Coenen. During Kaboom Festival, Van Ulden presented an interactive live performance with animations based on movements that had been made in the Hand Drawn VR Animation masterclass.


ROZSYPNE by Nienke Huitenga and Lisa Weeda tells the story of MH17 from the perspective of a local Ukrainian woman. It takes place in a field with beautiful, bright yellow sunflowers, sharply contrasting with the disaster that will soon take place. You experience it more and more in passing, which makes it feel even more realistic. 

Steye Hallema

Steye Hallema is a composer, director and inventor. The son of a world champion magician, he seems to perform creative tricks with all kinds of media, making several innovative music videos with his band Steye & the Bizonkid. With his laboratory WildVreemd, he pushes the boundaries of media experiences, focusing on creating Virtual Reality experiences, and their own concept The Smartphone Orchestra.

Abner Preis

Abner Preis is a multimedia artist creating social artworks in 360-degree video, VR and AR, using fairy-tale-like storytelling with happy endings. He won the Gouden Leeuw jury prize for best international media project with Eden's Adventure, a VR experience of a small expedition into the history of the media of our time.

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.

Become a Member

Become a Member of Het Nieuwe Instituut and you’ll support our mission to navigate the vast and evolving field of design. You’ll also be inspired by our special program of Members’ events, meeting up with other like-minded people as we invite you to reflect with us on design’s changing role in technology, economics, culture and society. 

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.