The joint cultural programme kicks off with the exhibition Control Syntax Rio, which opens on March 27 at Storefront New York.
Het Nieuwe Instituut and Storefront for Art and Architecture launch a year-long joint cultural programme named City Forces, examining the relationships of power between those involved in the construction of the global city. The role of architects, politicians, policymakers, urbanists, developers and corporations in shaping the contemporary metropolis will be critically examined through a series of events, exhibitions and projects to be developed in cities around the world, including New York, Rotterdam and Rio de Janeiro. This partnership is supported by the Netherlands Consulate General in New York.
Control Syntax Rio, originally commissioned bij Het Nieuwe Instituut, shows how an advanced command and control centre approaches the Olympic city as a matrix of possible disasters and solutions. The control centre is concerned with vast streams of data and algorithmic analysis, but its mechanisms – described by the curators Mark Wasiuta and Farzin Lotfi-Jam as a "control syntax" – produce more concrete effects. They directly affect the social climate of the city: neighbourhoods can be sealed off, traffic can be redirected and citizens can be temporarily denied access to public facilities.
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Since its founding in 2013, Het Nieuwe Instituut has fostered research initiatives in the form of exhibitions, events, archival investigations and publications by a variety of practitioners, independent researchers, academics and curators. Its Research and Development department (R&D) acknowledges and gives visibility to research projects and initiatives that develop engaged, self-aware and critical arguments about alternative modes of living and experimenting in the cultural field. The Artistic Director of Het Nieuwe Instituut is Guus Beumer. The Head of the R&D department is Marina Otero Verzier.
Storefront for Art and Architecture advances innovative and critical ideas that contribute to the design of cities, territories, and public life. Storefront’s exhibitions, events, competitions, publications, and projects provide alternative platforms for dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary, geographic, and ideological boundaries. Since its founding in 1982, Storefront has presented the work of over one thousand architects and artists.
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