Updates on current projects, up-coming events and other activities of the Research & Development team
The Coming South: Struggles, Epistemologies, Solidarity
The Coming South: Struggles, Epistemologies, Solidarity is a three-day online symposium on 17, 18 and 19 December 2020. It responds to the deepening divides that sustain the polarisation and hierarchy justifying the Global North - Global South world order.
Exploring post-anthropocentric thinking, More-than-Human is a new collaborative and multidisciplinary publication from Het Nieuwe Instituut, Office for Political Innovation, General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries, and Manifesta Foundation.
Regeneration: Open Call for New Institutions
For this iteration, the Open Call for Fellows focuses on the theme ‘Regeneration. New Institutional Practices.’ Following last years’ calls on the body’s burn-out (2018) and planetary exhaustion (2019), the 2020 programme invites collectives to take current conditions of burn-out and exhaustion as a point of departure to generate forms of collective organization and action.
The Gossips lecture series aims to bring women together, to re-generate and re-perform the original concept of ‘the gossip’, which originally meant a female companion, as a support structure for women’s ideas, thinking processes and exchanges.
Every day, since the coronavirus pandemic began, millions of flowers are being destroyed. The multi-billion-dollar flower industry is experiencing a drastic cut in demand that is affecting the global supply chain from the grower, via the auction house, to the floral designer.
Tilting Axis Fellowship
Het Nieuwe Instituut has joined forces with Tilting Axis to offer a Fellowship to one mid-career or established applicant based in the Caribbean. The Fellowship is supported by Het Nieuwe Instituut as lead partner and host, and will include collaborations with the Amsterdam Museum, De Appel, The Black Archives and Witte de With.
Jury Report 2019
Through its annual Call for Fellows, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Research Department acknowledges and gives visibility to projects engaged in developing other modes of thinking, knowledge production, and research practice. For this iteration of the Call for Fellows, the Research Department has selected the theme of BURN-OUT. Exhaustion on a Planetary Scale. The jury recognised and awarded a Research Fellowship to three projects.
Call for Fellows 2019
BURN OUT. Exhaustion on a Planetary Scale
On March 18, Het Nieuwe Instituut launches its yearly Open Call for three research fellows to work in residence from September 2019 to February 2020. With the title: BURN-OUT. Exhaustion on a planetary scale, this year’s theme addresses exploitative, multi scalar structures, and aims to instigate other forms of coexistence, sensibility and care for larger, multispecies, collective bodies. Through its annual Call for Fellows, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Research Department acknowledges and gives visibility to research projects offering departures from established modes of thinking and practice. Applications are open from March 18 to April 22, 2019.
Open Call for an Embedded Researcher: Selection Committee Report
The Open Call for an Embedded Researcher is an initiative exploring and advancing the possibilities of coupling research and design. With this Open Call, Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Serpentine Galleries, and Studio Formafantasma seek to engage researchers and designers in the development and dissemination of innovative and critical ideas by being part of a collaborative, transnational, design act. The selection committee recognised and awarded the position of Embedded Researcher to Riccardo Badano, whose application demonstrated a clear understanding of the mission, of all the parts involved, and the form that his possible contribution might take.
Open Call for embedded researcher
Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Serpentine Galleries launch an Open Call for an embedded researcher in the field of design, in collaboration with Studio Formafantasma.
WORK, BODY, LEISURE
WORK, BODY, LEISURE, first conceived as the Dutch contribution to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, addresses the spatial configurations, modes of living, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions. The exhibition was on show in Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam from December 2018 to March 2019.
Call for Fellows 2018
Het Nieuwe Instituut announces an open call for three research fellows to work in residence from September 2018 to February 2019, with the title: BURN-OUT
Collaboration with e-flux Architecture and The Berlage
In fall 2017, Het Nieuwe Instituut launches a collaboration with e-flux Architecture and The Berlage that investigates the power of representation within and beyond the field of architecture. In this series, ten acclaimed architects and researchers are invited to examine a specific medium of representation used in the design, technology, or legal framing of buildings, landscapes, and urban territories.
Jury Report 2017
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 September 2017 to February 2018. Applicants were asked to submit a research proposal with a unique perspective and specific methodology to address pressing contemporary questions in which architecture, design and digital culture play a part.
Design Trust grant for 'Automated Landscapes' research
Design Trust (Hong Kong) has awarded Het Nieuwe Instituut a Feature Grant for its research project ‘Automated Landscapes: Architectures of Work without Workers’.
Based on the premise that automation disrupts not only labour markets but also the configuration and design of entire territories, the project seeks to document and reflect upon the emerging—and anonymous—architectures and landscapes of fully-automated, non-human work. ‘Automated Landscapes’ will result in an exhibition and publication.
NWO Grant for embedded researcher in Critical Making
The Critical Making NL consortium, consisting of Leiden University (Academy of Creative and Performing Arts), Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Willem de Kooning Academy, Creating 010), Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, Waag Society in Amsterdam and West Den Haag, has been awarded a NWO grant for the project ‘Bridging Art, Design and Technology Through Critical Making'.
International Call for Fellows 2017
Het Nieuwe Instituut announces an open call for three research fellows to work in residence from September 2017 to February 2018.
Architectures of Security
Het Nieuwe Instituut participated in the Future Force Conference, organised by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, which took place in the Hague on 9 February 2017. The Future Force Conference is a highly innovative international networking conference addressing the theme: From partnerships to ecosystems: combining our efforts for a more secure world. Het Nieuwe Instituut contributed to the conference with two breakout sessions under the title Base of the Future and with speakers such as Malkit Shoshan, Jan Willem Petersen, Ekim Tan and Marina Otero Verzier.
Architecture of Appropriation
The squatting movement has played a major role in the design of the urban fabric and the domestic interior. Using spatial improvisation and radical, subversive tactics, rather than master plans or conventional design strategies, squatters have proposed alternatives to the dominant, market oriented housing policies, arguing that the people’s right to a house supersedes the right of property ownership.
In order to acknowledge the legacy of the squatting movement, Het Nieuwe Instituut is conducting research into squatting as an architectural practice. The research has so far manifested in an installation Architecture of Appropriation by design studio ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles], in combination with a display of historical material from, among others, the International Institute for Social History, several city archives, personal archives of former squatters and Het Nieuwe Instituut’s own collection. The project uses the exhibition as a site for research, and collects materials for the publication around questions of vacancy, property, and proposes alternative urban and domestic arrangements and housing policies.
Loving Support Volume insert
10 September 2016 saw the publication of 'Loving Support', as insert in the magazine Volume #49, Hello World!. This publication was one of the outcomes of the four day retreat organised by Het Nieuwe Instituut in June 2016.
Marina Otero Verzier, head of Research & Development at Het Nieuwe Instituut, wrote the introduction to the publication 'Loving Support'.
On June 16th the official start of the Fellowship Programme 2016 was celebrated with a kick-off ceremony in Het Nieuwe Instituut. At the end of September, halfway through their Fellowship, the four fellows Andrea Bagnato, Simone Niquille, Noam Toran and Füsun Türetken were invited to give a brief update on their research-in-progress.
Application Report Fellowship Programme
On 15 February 2016, Het Nieuwe Instituut launched an International Call for Fellows, in search of candidates for a research residency between June and December 2016. By the deadline of 28 March 2016, 243 applications had been submitted.
The jury observed that the application set displayed a very high standard of originality, rigour, and urgency in terms of subjects and methodologies. The number and diversity of applications invited further reflection on the state of contemporary research practices in the fields of design, architecture and digital culture. Het Nieuwe Instituut saw this application set as a valuable resource for understanding current research topics, references, languages, geographies and methodologies, as well as the potential for research in its network, which also offers insight as to how it can best foster and amplify the efforts of the prospective fellows.
This report examines the total application set in order to formulate observations on the characteristics of research and researchers, in both the Dutch and international institutional landscapes. These observations deal with the demographics of researchers and the subjects and methodologies of research, as well as the application format itself. The report therefore attempts to establish patterns about who has responded to the call, how they have responded, and what issues they find most relevant for investigation.
From 01 – 04 July 2016 Het Nieuwe Instituut together with Volume, organised a retreat to reflect on the relations between cultural research and machine learning. This research time was part of Het Nieuwe Instituut's Fellowship Programme. Participants were hosted by ruangrupa, curators of SONSBEEK ’16.
A public event: A Conversation on the Role of Artificial Intelligence in Research Practices, was held on 2 July. Philosopher Merel Noorman from the University of Maastricht engaged in a conversation on the social and ethical dimension of the relations between humans and artificial intelligence, together with the retreat participants.
As an action-based approach to the the question what is or could be contemporary research?, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Research & Development team (R&D) is exploring the possibilities and consequences of employing what they have called ‘Algorithmic Research Trainees’: ARTs - a troupe of bots that can respond, to a certain extent, in meaningful ways to qualitative research questions. The project’s aim is that this retreat will lead to a design brief for the ARTs and to the development of ARTs prototypes later in the year.
Volume/Archis expertise manifested in the co-organisation of the retreat, and the moderation of the conversation, which will unfolded into a 32-page publication for the Fall issue of Volume magazine, #49: Hello World!
In recent years, the concept and practice of research has attracted renewed attention within the cultural sector. Research plays a critical role in elucidating the relevance of both existing and new ideas, and the responsibility of institutions in their construction and promotion. Het Nieuwe Instituut wants to acknowledge and give visibility to research projects offering departures from established modes of thinking and to become the motor for sharing collective forms of knowledge. The Research and Development department at Het Nieuwe Instituut is headed by Marina Otero Verzier.