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Announcement of the final selection for the International Call for Fellows 2016 

Through an international open call for research fellows, Het Nieuwe Instituut invited practitioners and researchers in the fields of architecture, design, and digital culture to work in residence from June to December 2016 and develop an independent research proposal. In consideration of the exceptional quality of the applications and the relevance of the topics presented, the jury decided to expand the number of fellowships from three to four.

The selected fellows are Andrea Bagnato with Terra Infecta, Simone Niquille with The ContentsNoam Toran with Black and White and Red All Over and Füsun Türetken with Alchemic Dialogue. The jury also chose to recognise three applicants with honorable mentions: Víctor Muñoz SanzMichèle Champagne, and the collective m-a-u-s-e-r. Additionally, Het Nieuwe Instituut sees great potential in a number of other proposals that could be developed as independent projects within the institute’s public programme of exhibitions, events, and publications.

Selection process

Between the announcement of the open call on 15 February 2016 and the deadline of 28 March 2016, Het Nieuwe Instituut received 243 entries to the international call for fellows. Proposals came from India, South Africa, Belarus, Ireland, Chile, Spain, Italy, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and many other countries. Topics varied from automation to experimental theatre, oral histories of architectural models, dance in institutional spaces, and projects on mandatory positivity, technologies of warning and civic alarm, and artificial intelligence.

The proposals were evaluated by a jury comprised of Tom Avermaete (professor of Architecture, Delft University of Technology), Guus Beumer (director, Het Nieuwe Instituut), Anselm Franke (curator, Haus der Kulturen der Welt), Vinca Kruk (designer/artist, Metahaven), Marina Otero Verzier (head of research & development, Het Nieuwe Instituut) and Jana Scholze (associate professor, Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University).  Proposals were evaluated on the basis of idiosyncrasy of subject and methodology, depth of investigation, connection to Het Nieuwe Instituut’s mission, potential to cross disciplinary boundaries, and potential for exchange and collaboration between fellows.

The jury was truly impressed and excited by the wide range of proposals and the creativity and excellence they demonstrated, proving the richness of contemporary research practices as well as the importance of public calls and opportunities that offer a place for projects beyond the standard institutional or academic formats.

The number and diversity of applications allows for further reflection on the state of contemporary research practices in the fields of design, architecture and digital culture. Thus, a larger report on current research topics, references, languages, geographies and methodologies, will be published by Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Research and Development department in the coming months.

Read more about the winning proposals in the jury report.


Webcover by Jan Robert Leegte