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This week


New Archive Interpretations

Five Research Commissions


01 Jan 2014 — 01 Apr 2017

Het Nieuwe Instituut examines the challenges and potential of the digital archive. Starting from the premise of the archive as system, a series of themes linked to exhibitions at Het Nieuwe Instituut form the basis of new research by artists, designers and photographers, in search of the invisible layers of the digital archive. 



The New Garden


10 May 2015 — 31 Dec 2017

Construction of The New Garden started in the spring of 2015 on the outdoor area around Het Nieuwe Instituut. Artist/designer Frank Bruggeman and ecological gardener Hans Engelbrecht have developed a plan to turn the strip of grass along Jongkindstraat into a place of encounter set amidst vegetation. At the same time, reeds and water-purifying plants breathe life into the pond in front of the building. In addition, The New Garden will connect with the Arcade, the covered space along Rochussenstraat, thus also enlivening this desolate side of the building.


51 Sprints


12 Jun 2016 — 01 Aug 2017

This web magazine contains background information about the interactive web documentary 51 Sprints, which puts the Olympic athlete centre stage.


The New Haberdashery


23 Jun 2016 — 25 Jun 2017

The New Haberdashery was established as part of the Temporary Fashion museum. It is a studio in which visitors can try their hand at making clothes and other textile products.


Designing the Surface


27 Jan — 25 Jun 2017

Designing the Surface, an exhibition where the final topcoat targets the senses, investigates a compendium of artefacts over five sets: lustre, patina, faux, teflon and agency.


Sleep Mode

The Art of the Screensaver


27 Jan — 25 Jun 2017

Rafaël Rozendaal questions the anonymity and ephemerality of the screensaver and is fascinated by its subversive, playful and diffuse character. He creates an immersive space for the visitor that captures the extraordinary visual language of this virtually lost medium.


The Transylvania Archive


27 Jan — 25 Jun 2017

How do truth and myth relate to archives? From 28 January until 25 June 2017 Het Nieuwe Instituut presents the project The Transylvania Archive by artist duo Marta Volkova and Slava Shevelenko. The project ingeniously weaves together themes such as the relevance of the archive, how artists relate to power, and fear of strangers.

Research, Exhibition

Architecture of Appropriation

Research, Exhibition

29 Jan — 25 Jun 2017

Myriad forms of appropriation, such as squatting, play an essential role in the development of the city and public space. Architecture of Appropriation examines ideas such as vacancy, property, alternative living arrangements and housing policy.


Opera-House by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Sonneveld House intervention

13 Nov 2016 — 05 Mar 2017

The French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster created a work especially for Sonneveld House. Opera-House is a domestic opera based on the Sonneveld family’s arrival in their new home. Using a series of soundtracks and objects, Gonzalez-Foerster transforms the static environment of the museum house into a theatrical space for active exploration.


Sandim Mendes

Pop-in Expo

21 Feb — 26 Feb 2017

In her ongoing research on cultural identity artist Sandim Mendes explores in MASQ e CABEZAS 11 the realm of the subconscious mind and its role in the construction of identity. The result is a series of photographs, textiles and drawings.



White Spots: A Journey to the Edge of the Internet

Pop-in expo

28 Feb — 12 Mar 2017

White Spots is a multimedia project by documentary filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak, visual artist Jacqueline Hassink and information designer Richard Vijgen. Stepping beyond the frontiers of the networked world, they explore unwired landscapes, communities and lifestyles, and question the need to be always “on”, plugged into a single, seamless, planetary techtopia.


Welkom op de Hemelse Aarde


Thu 02 Mar 2017, 17:00 — 18:00

In an apocalyptic landscape at the edge of the North Sea David, Peter and their friends live a wonderful life. A life in which they make music according to their own rules and document it by filming and photographing. With their meager material resources they create their own world and make the best of it. After the film there is a Q & A with director Judith de Leeuw.

Conversation, Lecture

Bot culture

Bot Club (humans welcome)

Thu 02 Mar 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

The Bot Club takes an amazed, but critical look at a world in which bots, algorithmic agents and generative processes do the work. Helping to place this world centre stage are media artist and bot-maker, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, and Me You and the Robot.

Conversation, Talk show

Political power

Ministry of Spatial Affairs

Thu 09 Mar 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

A week before the Dutch elections the second meeting of the Ministry of Spatial Affairs will emphasize on political power. Based on the conviction that spatial affairs affect everyone and must not be left solely to the commercial market, the New institute organizes a series of formation meetings with Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman (ZUS) and Stephan Petermann (OMA / AMO) of the new Ministry of Spatial Affairs.

Conversation, Talk show, Exhibition

On Microbes, Cities and Landscapes

Reading Room

Thu 16 Mar 2017, 19:30 — 21:30

Today, epidemics are an increasingly frequent feature in the news. Recent outbreaks like SARS and Ebola have shown that the microscopic scale of virus and bacteria is connected with the large scale of globalization and environmental change. At the same time, the fear of epidemics is continuously used to marginalize whoever is considered Other.


Next Step Award Rotterdam


Thu 16 Mar 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

Next Step Program is a program and award for new design talent in architecture. The program presents young architects with innovative ideas that represent the power of architecture and the future of the city. The Association of Dutch Architects (BNA) in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut and Synchroon organise an evening with the three finalists of the Next Step Program. After an introduction by Fred Schoorl of BNA, Nanne de Ru of The Powerhouse Company presents the three finalists, their visions and recent work. Moderator is Tobias Verhoeven of Synchroon.


Digital tools for participating in local government

Thu 23 Mar 2017, 19:30 — 21:30

Dutch hacker Denis Roio, better known as Jaromil, builds tools for modern citizen activists. How do these instruments work? For whom? And, most importantly, how can we use it in Eindhoven? During this evening, Jaromil will talk about the European project D-Cent, a collection of online instruments facilitating new forms of urban democracy.

Lecture, Talk show

Designing the Surface

Design Dialogues

Thu 23 Mar 2017, 19:30 — 21:30

This evening brings together Rotterdam-based designer Chris Kabel, who conceived the exhibition Designing the Surface during his fellowship at Het Nieuwe Instituut, designer and digital artist Lucy Hardcastle, Jurrien Brouwer from Philips, and design critic Alice Rawsthorn.

Conversation, Lecture, Talk show

On The Most Powerful Catalyst

Reading Room

Mon 03 Apr 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

In this Reading Room, Professor of Anthropology Rosalind C. Morris will examine the social life and aftermath of matter. Specifically, she will give a reading of the conflict mineral Gold through various formats, including film and text. With a response of Füsun Türetken, fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Conversation, Lecture, Talk show

Feminisms in architecture

Archive Explorations

Thu 06 Apr 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

An evening about feminism in architecture and a manifestation of work by women that is included in the State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. With the TU Delft Feminists, architect Afaina de Jong and urban planner Riek Bakker.

Conversation, Lecture, Talk show

Scramble Suit: How to wear different bodies.

Reading Room

Thu 13 Apr 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

This performative evening takes as its subject perceived identity of the moving body in todays networked space of appearance. This will be explored through motion capture technology.

Conversation, Symposium, Talk show

Can games make better cities and citizens?


Thu 20 Apr 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

Game designer Paolo Pedercini, founder of Molleindustria, talks about the role of gaming in making better citizens and better cities. This lecture is part of the Games for Cities Conference.

Conversation, Lecture, Symposium, Talk show

MADD Night: Screensaver


Thu 18 May 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

This evening screensavers will take center-stage at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Having become redundant with the development of technology, visual artist Rafaël Rozendaal glances back at the short-lived history of these digital artefacts and speculate about their contemporary fate.



Alive. Active. Adaptive

Internationaal congres over ervaringsdeskundigheid en nieuwe materialen

19 Jun — 20 Jun 2017

Alive. Active. Adaptive. is an international conference organised under the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG) on 19 and 20 June in Het Nieuwe Instituut. The conference brings together design practitioners, researchers, engineers, architects and artists to discuss the future of emerging materials and its implications for design research and practice.