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'How will we live together?' is the focus of Biennale curator Hashim Sarkis, to which Het Nieuwe Instituut asks in return - 'Who is We?'. With the theme Multispecies Urbanism, the Dutch pavilion provides an answer, presenting new perspectives on urban development in which the starting point for design is the cohabitation of people and more-than-humans, from animals and plants to soil life and artificial cognitive systems.

An investigative approach has once again been adopted, and in 2020, an artistic team will give substance to the Dutch pavilion. Architect/researcher Afaina de Jong and artist/researcher Debra Solomon are the first members of the team, whose point of departure is the question 'Who is We?' Their contributions argue that a fundamental curiosity about the 'other', including other forms of life, is a condition for the emergence of a new quality in cities and societies. Afaina de Jong develops projects under the title The Multiplicity of Other to address the dominance of a single-sided view of cities, identifying the multiform human presence as fundamental. Debra Solomon, who coined the term Multispecies Urbanism, emphasises the importance of the more-than-human by developing socio-ecological urban interventions, seeing soil and soil life as the foundation of society.

Het Nieuwe Instituut programmatically links the ambitions of the Dutch pavilion in Venice to regional and national contexts through collaborations with the City of Amsterdam, the Creative Industries Fund NL, and others.

Professor Dr Caroline Nevejan, Chief Science Officer for the city of Amsterdam, has been invited to chair the editorial board to give substance to the parallel programme of the Dutch pavilion. Together with many others, Nevejan introduces City Science as a new way of working on the city in which the worlds of research, design and policy are structurally linked.

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL have also issued an Open Call for the parallel programme, enabling architects and urban planners to submit and carry out a contribution to the theme. With this Open Call, Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL aim to promote knowledge and contribute to the development of research in the field of architecture and urbanism. More information here.

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition will run from 23 May to 29 November 2020.

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Malware exhibition reveals the destructive beauty of the computer virus

12 JUNE 2019

Het Nieuwe Instituut – Museum for Architecture, Design and Digital Culture – presents Malware: Symptoms of Viral Infection, an exhibition about the history and evolution of the computer virus, from 5 July to 10 November 2019. Using the most infamous examples, the exhibition explores the cultural impact of malware and raises questions concerning security, warfare and geopolitics.

Inventorying Design and Digital Culture Archives

6 JUNE 2019

Het Nieuwe Instituut has completed its mission from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to create an inventory of important and threatened archives in the fields of design and digital culture. The report outlines a policy perspective on the government’s task in relation to the preservation of archives in these fields. 

International Call for Fellows 2019: Announcement of the final selection

3 JUNE 2019

Through its annual Call for Fellows, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Research Department invited practitioners and researchers to work in residence from September 2019 to February 2020. The jury recognised and awarded a Research Fellowship to three projects, each of which demonstrated critical rigour and a depth of understanding of the broader issues that are at stake in their proposal.

100 years after the foundation of Bauhaus, Het Nieuwe Instituut opens Neuhaus

25 APRIL 2019

For four months from 19 May 2019, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s programming will be investigating more-than-human knowledge. 100 years on from the foundation of Bauhaus, under the banner Neuhaus, we are opening a temporary academy taking visitors on an exploration of what it could mean for humanity to learn to experience the world without putting itself at the centre. What if humans could learn to think, observe and design led by the interests and possibilities of animals, plants, robots and microbes?

Het Nieuwe Instituut during Salone del Mobile 2019

2 APRIL 2019

Het Nieuwe Instituut stages two presentations during the international design week from 9 to 14 April 2019 in Milan, that both focus on design research. I See That I See What You Don't See is the official Dutch contribution to the XXII Triennale di Milano, and the New Material Award presents innovative material research at Alcova.


Joint lobby around archives of design and digital culture successful. Minister tasks Het Nieuwe Instituut with undertaking investigation

14 MARCH 2019

The minister for education, culture and science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, has given Het Nieuwe Instituut the task of identifying important and threatened archives of design and digital culture. The commission follows a joint letter from the design field, in which the Association Dutch Designers (BNO) took the lead. Together with Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Wim Crouwel Institute, the Louis Kalff Institute and other parties, they pushed for an action plan for design archives.

Letters to the Mayor: a meeting at City Hall

14 MARCH 2019

On 4 March 2019, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and Alderman Said Kasmi of the Education, Culture and Tourism department received the publication containing the results of the Letters to the Mayor project.

I See That I See What You Don't See Opens in La XXII Triennale Di Milano

21 FEBRUARY 2019

Op 1 maart 2019 opent I See That I See What You Don’t See, de Nederlandse bijdrage aan de XXII Triennale di Milano. In deze Triënnale onderzoekt curator Paola Antonelli met het thema Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, welke rol design kan spelen bij het herstellen van de relatie tussen de mens en zijn omgeving, in zowel natuurlijke als sociale ecosystemen. De Nederlandse bijdrage reageert op het overkoepelende thema met een presentatie over onze relatie tot duisternis.