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.
Current projects, up-coming events and other activities of the Research & Development team
Since its foundation in 2013, Het Nieuwe Instituut has carried out and supported research in architecture, design and digital culture. Exhibitions, lectures, archival investigations and publications have served as outputs of research, but more importantly as active platforms for its development. Initiated by former Head of Research Marina Otero Verzier, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Fellowship Programme has a fundamental role in these platforms. Intended as a means of supporting and learning from a variety of research initiatives and methodologies, the fellowship is ultimately an opportunity to rehearse other modes of thinking and doing. Following the calls triptych on the body’s burn-out (2018), planetary exhaustion (2019) and ‘regeneration’ through new institutional practices (2020), plus the themeless Call for Fellows of 2021, the Research department proposes Testing Grounds as the focus for the 2022 Open Call.
Ardeth #08: BURN-OUT
On 4 November 2021, the 8th edition of Ardeth magazine was launched at Politecnico de Milano. The launch of the magazine, guest curated by Het Nieuwe Instituut on the theme, Burn-Out: On Planetary Exhaustion and Alternative Public Infrastructures, included a conversation with Marina Otero Verzier, Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Call for Fellows 2021: Jury Report
Through its annual Call for Fellows, Het Nieuwe Instituut invited applicants to submit a research proposal for a Fellowship from October 2021 to March 2022. The jury awarded two Research Fellowships and one Research Stipend to three projects, each of which demonstrate timeliness and ambition, and fostering collective forms of research and networks of solidarity. The selected Research Fellows are MELT and The School of Mutants, and a Research Stipend goes to Robin Hartanto Honggare.
Het Nieuwe Instituut 2021 Call for Fellows
The 2021 iteration of the Open Call Het Nieuwe Instituut offers two research fellowship positions for six months, from October 2021 to March 2022. Following the calls of recent years on the body’s burn-out (2018), planetary exhaustion (2019), and ‘regeneration’ through new institutional practices (2020), the 2021 iteration of the Open Call for Fellows doesn’t propose a theme to which applicants have to respond. Instead, it offers a channel through which to amplify the applicant’s own issues of concern. With the 2021 Open Call, Het Nieuwe Instituut turns the gaze outwards, to accommodate something that we don’t yet know.
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.
A series that investigate how monuments have – once again – come to play a pivotal role in mobilising and rearticulating struggles for recognition.
Jury Report 2020
Through its 2020 Call for Fellows, Het Nieuwe Instituut invited collectives to work in residence from October 2020 to March 2021. The jury awarded Research Fellowships to two projects, O grupo inteiro with Drought, Nurturing, Orós, Caatinga, Sertão; and Resolve Collective with Following Infrastructions.
Regeneration: Open Call for New Institutions
For this iteration, the Open Call for Fellows focuses on the theme of Regeneration: New Institutional Practices. Following recent 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.
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.
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.
Call for Papers: BURN-OUT. On planetary exhaustion and alternative public infrastructures
In the time of Covid-19, governments have asked citizens to protect themselves by radically reorganising their lives – from practising social distancing, to working remotely and caring for family and friends in domestic or virtual spaces. While these measures are put in place to prevent or slow down infection, a work ethos oriented towards productivity has, in many cases, intensified. In other words, forms of burn-out and the ongoing exploitation of bodies become even more pressing. Het Nieuwe Instituut was invited by Ardeth magazine to become theme editor for their latest call for papers. BURN-OUT. On planetary exhaustion and alternative public infrastructures invites architects, designers, historians, researchers and theorists to take the current conditions of burn-out and exhaustion as a point of departure for reimagining forms of organisation, governance and action.