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The installation and program reflect on a sphere of architecture that is not easily explained or understood - the relationship between the spiritual and material world. Through a fully functioning bookshop, a film series and a video work, Chong reveals how certain events trigger a consensual view on certain spaces as 'haunted,' and how the alleged presence of ghosts becomes an unpredictable disruptor in unaffordable real estate markets such as Hong Kong, New York, or Dubai. Spirits, rumours, financial and real estate logic thus converge to shape the more-than-human imaginaries and markets for the architecture of contemporary housing.

Film Programme

The talk is followed by a screening of Dark Water (2002) by director Hideo Nakata. The film is part of a horror movie programme compiled by Heman Chong. The programme further consists of a screening of The Others (2001) on 31 October and A Ghost Story (2017) on 5 December.

In Dark Water a mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water. In the final stages of a messy divorce, Yoshimi struggles to build a new life for herself and her daughter. Unfortunately, the challenges of single parenting and an ongoing custody battle are further complicated when they move into an apartment plagued by mysterious water leaks and haunted by the apparition of a little girl. (Synopsis: IMDB)


Talk 19:30 - 20:30
Film Screening 21:00 - 22:45

19:30 – 22:45
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite

20:00-22:00 Iconic Houses Lecture Tour Europe: Melnikov House: Saving an Avant-Garde Icon

The museum is free of charge from 17:00-21:00 


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Free, please register via Tickets

Thursday Bite 

Before the Thursday Night you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:00 Het Nieuwe Café will serve a light vegetarian meal. Dinner vouchers are available for € 7.70 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets link. 

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Delany Boutkan, Marten Kuijpers, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Setareh Noorani
Alex Walker