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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.


100 years of De Stijl


01 Jan — 31 Dec 2017

To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of De Stijl, Het Nieuwe Instituut has formed partnerships with several other cultural institutions, including a co-production with the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. The State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning is lending hundreds of works to various exhibitions being staged to mark the centenary of De Stijl.


Sleep Mode

The Art of the Screensaver


27 Jan — 20 Aug 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.


Designing the Surface


27 Jan — 20 Aug 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.

Research, Exhibition

Architecture of Appropriation

Research, Exhibition

29 Jan — 20 Aug 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.


Design Museum Dharavi

Pop-in expo

21 Mar — 26 Mar 2017

This week's pop-in expo features the work of Design Museum Dharavi. This unique museum, based in the neighbourhood of Dharavi, Mumbai, showcases products by talented locals in the form of a nomadic exhibition space, and employs design as a tool to promote social change and innovation on a global scale.

Lecture, Talk show

Designing the Surface

Design Dialogues

Thu 23 Mar 2017, 19:30 — 20:30

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.


Digital tools for participating in local government

Thu 23 Mar 2017, 19:30 — 21:30

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.


Conversation, Lecture, Symposium, Talk show

The end of the cultural archive?

Archive debate

Thu 30 Mar 2017, 16:30 — 18:00

What is the situation of the archives of artists, designers, collectors, cultural institutions and businesses? Boekmanstichting, the State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urbanism/Het Nieuwe Instituut, DEN Knowledge centre for Digital Heritage, the Reinwardt Academy and the RKD Dutch Institute for Art History organize a debate on 30 March in which the state of the cultural archives will be examined.

Lecture, Symposium



Thu 30 Mar 2017, 20:00 — 22:00

This BNO IMG LAB evening is dedicated to mathematics in graphic design. An evening for designers on fractals, coding and patterns.

Children and Families, Workshop

Appearances can be deceptive: Making a fake collar


Sun 02 Apr 2017, 12:00

For those who don’t like wearing shirts or blouses but still want a collar, a fake collar is the answer. In this workshop, adults will set to work with a collar and section of a shirt with buttons. Children will make a fantasy collar.

Conversation, Lecture, Talk show

On The Most Powerful Catalyst

Reading Room on Monday

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.

Children and Families, Workshop

Keep the rain out: making waterproofs


Sun 09 Apr 2017, 12:00

Waterproof fabrics are centre stage in the workshop Keep the rain out. Adults will use a pattern to make a pair of waterproof trousers or a rain poncho. Children will make a watertight tent.

Conversation, Lecture, Talk show

Scramble Suit: How to wear different bodies.

Reading Room

Thu 13 Apr 2017, 19:30 — 21:30

This performative evening takes as its subject perceived identity of the moving body in todays networked space of appearance. This will be explored through a series of acting exercises for motion capture technology performed by Gareth Taylor, in which the audience is encouraged to participate.

Children and Families, Workshop

Creative with cork leather


Sun 16 Apr 2017, 12:00

Cork leather is an amazing material: it’s strong yet supple. In the workshop Creative with cork leather, adults will make a rucksack, bag or phone case. Children will make a raft or boat that floats.

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.


Games for Cities Conference

20 Apr — 21 Apr 2017

The Games for Cities programme hosts the first international conference with leading international ‘city-game’ design experts on 20 and 21 April in Het Nieuwe Instituut. Games for Cities, organised by Play the City and partners, aims to bring Dutch city-gaming practices into closer contact with international best practices. The programme combines keynotes on how city-gaming is the future of city-making with numerous city-game sessions.


Data for the greater good

Thu 20 Apr 2017, 19:30 — 21:30

A smart society uses data in the public interest. But how do we build one in a responsible way? Businesses, government bodies and citizens collect data for various reasons, often legitimate, sometimes less so. How can a city develop an ethical ecosystem around data?

Conversation, Lecture, Symposium

Ore Streams with Formafantasma

Design Dialogues

Wed 03 May 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

Designduo Formafantasma presents their research into global ore flows, from overground mining to e-waste. In conversation with curator Natasha Hoare, they will investigate the relationship of designers and institutions in highlighting the landscape of mining and manufacture. This dialogue will question the “immateriality” in digital design enabled by metal ores. Moderated by Tamar Shafrir (Het Nieuwe Instituut).

Lecture, Symposium, Talk show

Making up Mars


Thu 11 May 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

A night about the interplay between cultural, scientific and technical ideas related to living on Mars with Agata Kołodziejczyk (European Space Agency, ESA), artist Ivan Henriques and Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Het Nieuwe Instituut). The moderator is Aldje van Meer (Willem de Kooning Academy).

Conversation, Lecture, Symposium, Talk show

Sleep Mode: an evening with Rafaël Rozendaal


Thu 18 May 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

An evening on screensavers, anonymous digital artefacts that began as the solution to a problem and developed in to a space for experimentation, before disappearing without a sound from our digital lives.


Architecture and Interiors. The Desire for Style

Exhibition in relation to 100 years of De Stijl

10 Jun — 17 Sep 2017

The architecture and interiors of De Stijl are famous around the world. Dutch architects and designers like Gerrit Rietveld, Theo van Doesburg, Cornelis van Eesteren and J.J.P. Oud blazed the trail for generations of progressive thinkers who came after them. The historical roots of De Stijl are less well-known. This summer, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Het Nieuwe Instituut present an overview of drawings, architectural models and examples of furniture by members of the influential art movement. Exhibited side by side for the first time ever, the works offer surprising insights: what seems simple and straightforward at first sight proves to be ambiguous and complex. And what appears new may turn out not to have been.


Alive. Active. Adaptive

International conference

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.