Discover Het Nieuwe Instituut’s exhibitions through our team of unravellers and experience experts. Each ‘detour guide’ will show you around from their perspective as a composer, dancer, artist, chef or entrepreneur. Take a Sunday Stroll, book an educational programme, or arrange your own private detour with the guide(s) of your choice.
Dutch, English, Papiamentu
Asha is an all-rounder who loves to learn and do new things. As a chef, her passion is cooking. Her favourite things are food, people dancing offbeat and her family.
“If you’re enthusiastic, familiar with a subject and good at communicating it, then you’re a good detour guide.”
Bas van der Kruk
Dutch, English, Portugese
Bas is a performer, writer, artist and creative advisor. He graduated from dance academy in London, and has a Master’s degree in applied ethics. His favourite things are doing rolls across the floor and the colours of Miami.
“I like to mix different forms of artistic expression to make people look at the world in a slightly different way.”
Florian van Zandwijk
Fascinated by culture and technology, Florian addresses current trends as a designer in media ranging from text to video essays and social media. His favourite things are train journeys, slow documentaries and his collection of football shirts.
“If I share my knowledge and ignorance with others, and they with me, it may lead us all to insight, or raise new questions.”
Composer Giliam makes sounds and music for interactive systems such as games, escape rooms, VR, installations, and now makes music for theatre. His favourite things are the three 'P's - piano, plants and ping-pong.
"When I can immerse people in something, I get cheerful."
Pia is a professional observer of everyday things. Thanks to her hyper-curious attitude, she knows a little too much, and thanks to her background in art, she knows a little bit more. Her favourite things are peanut butter, inter-dimensional aliens, and amateurs.
“I walk in circles, I only walk in circles, I walk in circles for hours, I keep walking in circles, every circle is different.”
Dutch, English, Papiamentu
Semm’s company, H&V Agency, helps artists develop and manage their careers. He has also started a brand for rings, pocket squares, silk scarves and other luxury accessories. His favourite things are music, family and creation.
“It’s not just a detour, it’s an experience.”
As an artist, lawyer, and tour guide, Shahaila has moved through the Dutch House of Representatives, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Parade and the Mauritshuis. She is curious about people and their stories, vision and motivations. Her favourite things are free-style knitting, in-depth sofa hanging and her e-reader.
“A good questioner shows you a different point of view. An even better questioner starts a conversation.”
Erik is the newest member of the detour team. He’s a designer, researcher and musician who is mainly interested in understanding and deconstructing the systems of society on a political, ecological, social or technological level. His practice is focused on speculative design, combining research and ficition.
“As a designer I create space where we can discuss and reflect. I question, visualise, speculate, dream, reflect, connect, build and offer alternatives.”