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Our planet faces a huge existential threat, caused by human actions capitalising on nature. In science and humanities - until very recently - we perceived nature as a resource rather than a partner. Furthermore, especially in big cities we are extremely dissociated from natural world. Kasia Molga and Erik Overmeire of World Wilder Lab believe that no effort is too big or too small to change this and that storytelling (in various forms) is one of the most powerful ways to reconnect with the living world.

In this workshop Kasia and Erik will demonstrate some of the methods they use to extract data from some alive (and in one case very wiggly) fellow earthlings. You’ll see how then this data is made into a story - a design fiction - written or in the form of a prototype. Participants are invited to look for their own source of such data around Het Nieuwe Institute. Erik and Kasia will help you with techniques to conceptualise your ideas for a story or an artwork. How can we become more empathic to non-human makers and change our actions to consider their well-being? Together we can alter the narrative of how we cohabit this planet.

World Wilder Lab

World Wilder Lab is an art collective run by Kasia Molga and Erik Overmeire. They work on the intersection of art, science, design and technology to explore ideas of collaboration with nature and whether we ever will be able to “communicate” with other - not always human - Earthlings.

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
Dutch / English

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standard€ 7,50
Students, CJP, Friends and Members of 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.