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Agency, Research, Exhibition

I See That I See What You Don't See

Agency, Research, Exhibition

01 Mar — 29 Dec 2019

In a world that is always switched on, the traditional dichotomy between day and night no longer seems relevant in terms of productivity, while the experience of clear, starry skies has become a rarity. I See That I See What You Don't See takes the complex relationships between light and dark, between seeing and not seeing, as a starting point for an exploration of their conflicting effects on humans, the Earth and other organisms. 


Aquarian Gardens soundwalk

In The New Garden

19 May — 31 Dec 2019

A guided meditation created by artist Annika Kappner invites the visitor to explore the (bio) diversity and complexity of The New Garden.


Spirits in the Material World

10 Oct — 29 Dec 2019

In Spirits in the Material World, artist Heman Chong reflects on spaces that exist in the grey, the darkness, the slippages into the netherworld. The installation is on view in Het Nieuwe Instituut from 10 October 2019 to 29 December 2019.


Animal Encounters

From parrot perch to systems theory

13 Oct 2019 — 26 Jan 2020

A spatial installation by Studio Ossidiana explores how architecture might mediate between all sorts of creatures, making room for a variety of encounters and setting the stage for interactions between humans and non-humans. The installation is an environment occupied by drawings, diagrams and architectural models – creature-like objects – that address issues of proximity, scale and cross-species politics.


Art on Display 1949-69

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon

08 Nov 2019 — 02 Mar 2020

Art on Display 1949-69 at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon is the result of a partnership between Het Nieuwe Instituut/Jaap Bakema Study Centre and the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. The exhibition investigates the relation between art, architecture and public by focusing on art exhibitions designed by architects. Art on Display 1949-69 will be on show in Lisbon until March 2020, after which it will get a follow-up at Het Nieuwe Instituut.



Open Archive

Talent development and presentation

14 Nov 2019 — 26 Jan 2020

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision have invited three makers to create new works based on their digital collections. Artist Guy Königstein, filmmaker Donna Verheijden and artist/designer Oana Clitan have each developed a media work that will be exhibited at Het Nieuwe Instituut from 14 November.

Conversation, Lecture

Variations On A Bird Cage


Thu 14 Nov 2019, 19:00 — 21:00

Giovanni Bellotti and Alessandra Covini of Studio Ossidiana talk about the Animal Encounters installation and their research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. Afterwards, they discuss architecture, ecology and cross-species exchange with Dirk van den Heuvel.


Screen and Screenscapes with Francesco Casetti

Reading Room

Thu 14 Nov 2019, 19:30 — 21:00

Professor Francesco Casetti will read the screen in its diverse instantiations. “Screens not only display images; they define the modes of access to these images. In this, they are inherently political.”

Conversation, Lecture

Cross Comix Festival


Thu 14 Nov 2019, 20:00 — 22:00

On Thursday 14 November BNO IMG LAB will again be all about the Cross Comix Festival, taking place throughout the week in Rotterdam. This 'Indian Roots' edition is dedicated to comic-making, with screenwriter Stijn Schenk, colourist Marloes Dekkers, illustrator and writer Frits Jonker, and many others.

Children and Families, Tour

Sunday Stroll with Pia

Sun 17 Nov 2019, 14:00 — 15:00

Discover Het Nieuwe Instituut's exhibition(s) during a Sunday Stroll with Pia Canales. She will show you around from her perspective as a professional observer and hyper-curious art lover.



The Hoodie


01 Dec 2019 — 12 Apr 2020

This exhibition considers the role of a fashion garment as a socio-political carrier. The hoodie is a staple of contemporary dress, hyped as a trend and a must-have item; but elsewhere it is also a topic of moral panic, banned by certain institutions and dissected by the media as an emblem of inequality, crime or deviancy.Curated by writer and curator Lou Stoppard.


Architecture and Democracy 1965-1989: Urban Renewal, Populism and the Welfare State

Conference 2019

20 Nov — 21 Nov 2019

This year's international conference of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre focuses on the years 1965 to 1989, in which welfare state arrangements were contested on both left and right, by counterculture movements and the rise of populism. While government institutions sought a proper response, urban renewal and city repair became a new field of work for architects and planners.


Can I speak with the manager, please?

Night Shift

Thu 21 Nov 2019, 19:00 — 21:00

The cultural sector is in flux. Change and leadership are necessary and can happen at any level in the organisation. Especially early career professionals want to break through barriers and change existing structures. They want to experiment and be more inclusive, both when it comes to programming and staff hires. It’s not easy though to truely change things. How can you become a leader, when you are not in charge?


Conversation, Workshop

Derek Otte invites Khalid Amakran & Saïd Kinos

Thursday Night Workshop

Thu 21 Nov 2019, 19:00 — 22:00

Get into the head of a Rotterdam maker during the Thursday Night Workshop. Expect a programme of designers, artists and other makers inspiring you with their work, and get started yourself by working in your own style.This time, the porgramme is in the hands of word-artist Derek Otte!


Open Architecture as Radical Democracy: Gentle Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg

Keynote lecture

Thu 21 Nov 2019, 19:30 — 21:00

Esra Akcan is the keynote speaker for the Jaap Bakema Study Centre conference 2019 Architecture and Democracy 1965-1989: Urban Renewal, Populism and the Welfare State. Akcan’s research explores the concept of ‘open architecture’ through the thorough investigation of the urban renewal of Kreuzberg, Berlin’s immigrant neighbourhood, in the 1980s.

Conversation, Lecture, Workshop

Redesigning the Designer

Congress on the future of design education

Fri 22 Nov 2019, 09:30 — 17:00

Education meeting in which people from the worlds of design and education will discuss the future of (design) education beyond human-centred design.

Children and Families, Tour

Sunday Stroll with Pia

Sun 24 Nov 2019, 14:00 — 15:00

Discover Het Nieuwe Instituut's exhibition(s) during a Sunday Stroll with Pia Canales. She will show you around from her perspective as a professional observer and hyper-curious art lover.


How Do You Do: Open Archive

Thu 28 Nov 2019, 15:30 — 18:00

During How Do You Do: Open Archive, artists, designers, researchers and heritage professionals will discuss the creative re-use of open collections. The event, organised by Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, forms the conclusion of the Open Archive project.

Talk show

Creative Reuse Of Open Archives

Open Archive

Thu 28 Nov 2019, 19:30 — 21:30

Guy Königstein, Donna Verheijden and Oana Clitan present their installations for Open Archive. Three makers spent six months researching the open, digital collections of Het Nieuwe Instituut and Beeld en Geluid (Sound and Vision) to develop a concept for their work. They are interviewed about their work processes and the reuse of archival materials.

Conversation, Lecture

Pioneers #5


Thu 28 Nov 2019, 20:00 — 22:00

Every year in November we open the stage for new upcoming talent. The ten most promising young makers, freshly graduated from the academies, are ready to conquer the world with their ideas, images and products.


Opening Night

Sat 30 Nov 2019, 17:00

The Hoodie opens at Het Nieuwe Instituut on 30 November 2019. Curated by British writer and curator Lou Stoppard, this new exhibition asks: ‘Who has the right to wear a hoodie without challenge?" Join us for this opening event and explore what the hoodie means to you.


International Clinic

Thu 05 Dec 2019, 16:00 — 18:00

Looking for the right financing for your international project? During the International Clinic on Thursday 5 December 2019, we will be happy to tell you more about the various financing options for international projects within the design sector.  


A Ghost Story

Film screening

Thu 05 Dec 2019, 19:30 — 22:00

A Ghost Story (2017), by director David Lowery, will be screened at Het Nieuwe Instituut on 5 December within the context of the installation Spirits in the Material World. The film is part of a horror movie programme accompanying the installation, compiled by artist Heman Chong. The film programme further consisted of a screening of Dark Water (2002) on 10 October and The Others (2001) on 31 October.


Vertical Atlas

Thu 05 Dec 2019, 20:00 — 22:00

The most competitive domain in global technology is the development of AI. Many believe that it holds the key to economic, political and technological dominance for the parties managing to wield its power. China stands at the forefront of these developments, in direct competition with various states and tech companies, and is developing a specific Chinese branch of manmade intelligence (a literal translation of the Mandarin phrase for AI) based on the unique techno-political circumstances in the Chinese geo zone.

Children and Families, Tour

Sunday Stroll with Joëlle

Sun 08 Dec 2019, 14:00 — 15:00

Discover Het Nieuwe Instituut's exhibition(s) during a Sunday Stroll with Joëlle Hoogendoorn. She will show you around from her perspective as an artist and art teacher.


Speculative Futures Rotterdam: Rise of sustainable cities

Guest Programme

Thu 19 Dec 2019, 19:00 — 21:00

More and more people all over the world move into urban areas with hope for better career options and more exciting lifestyle. Unfortunately, amenities that allow for comfortable modern lifestyle, have a negative impact on the environment. Currently, cities are responsible for more than ⅔ of all carbon dioxide emissions. The emissions could double within the next 30 years if no new solutions are applied.

Children and Families, Tour

Sunday Stroll with Nevill

Sun 22 Dec 2019, 14:00 — 15:00

Discover Het Nieuwe Instituut's exhibition(s) during a Sunday Stroll with Nevill Mitchell Martins. He will show you around from his perspective as a music enthusiast, futurist and community director.