Natalie Dixon is the co-founder of Affect Lab, an Amsterdam-based research studio that examines our relationship with technology. Her key focus is on the emotional aspects of communication technologies within marginalized and vulnerable communities. Most recently Natalie has researched the role of mobile communication in resisting instances of shaming and Othering during the European refugee crisis. Her published work investigates how feelings of alienation and belonging are created through a neighbourhood WhatsApp group in South Africa. Natalie is a doctoral candidate in media and communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Elisa Giuliano is an architect, contemporary dancer and exhibition designer based between Matera and Berlin. She is currently a member of the Open Design School, directed by Joseph Grima, and collaborates with Kuehn Malvezzi on publications and exhibitions. Among previous experiences she was part of the interdisciplinary practice Studio Lukas Feireiss; she performed in a staging of Anna Halprin’s “Blank Placard Dance” at the 29th festival Tanz im August in Berlin; and she worked as a dancer in the production by Virgilio Sieni for the 10th Venice Dance Biennale. Elisa holds a master’s degree in architecture and urban planning from the Polytechnic School of Genoa.
Malique Mohamud is a writer, director, performer and programme maker who developed an interest in the relationship between urbanity and street culture in his youth, when he stole tapes by Wu-Tang, Tupac and Outkast from his brother’s room. The son of a Somali poet and a general, he champions and looks for meaning in cultural production through an Afro-diasporic lens. Autonomy, subversiveness and (skewed) power relations are recurring themes in his work. The word on the street is that he makes the best toasties north of the Maas and is still a little bit in love with Lauryn Hill. Through Concrete Blossom, the organisation he founded, this creative jack-of-all-trades is currently investigating how the transformative qualities of street culture can contribute to an inclusive society.
Ramon Amaro is a lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research interests include philosophy, machine learning, pathology and black study. As well as being a tutor in Media Culture at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK), Ramon is completing his PhD in Philosophy at Goldsmiths, while holding a Masters degree in Sociological Research from the University of Essex and a BSe in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Along with being a former Assistant Editor for the SAGE open access journal Big Data & Society, he has worked as a quality design engineer for General Motors and programmes manager for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Sara Frikech and Daphne Bakker
Daphne Bakker was born to multi-ethnic parents in Paramaribo, Suriname. A former editor of Bnieuws, she is currently enrolled in the Master programme for Landscape Architecture at Delft University of Technology. Sara Frikech was born and raised in the Netherlands to immigrant parents from Morocco. She graduated in architecture from Delft University of Technology. She exhibited at the 2016 edition of the Marrakech Biennale and is currently working on projects dealing with issues concerning diasporic consciousness.
Christopher Lee, research fellow of Het Nieuwe Instituut, is a graphic designer and educator based in Buffalo, New York and Toronto. He is a graduate of Ocadu (Toronto) and the Sandberg Instituut (Amsterdam), and has worked for “The Walrus Magazine,” Metahaven and Bruce Mau design. He has lectured at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, ArtEZ, The Sandberg Instituut, Design Academy Eindhoven, and Ocadu. Lee is an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo Suny, and a member of the programming committee of Gendai Gallery and Squeaky Wheel.
Andrea Bagnato (1986) practiced architecture before focusing on research and editing. He studied at TU Delft and at the Centre for Research Architecture in London, where he also assisted in the making of the Forensis exhibition and book. As part of Space Caviar, he edited SQM: The Quantified Home (Lars Müller, 2014). He has subsequently been member of the curatorial team and publications manager for the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, editing the forthcoming book The State of the Art of Architecture (Lars Müller, 2016). Andrea currently lives in Berlin.
Simone C. Niquille is a Swiss designer and researcher. Her practice Technoflesh investigates the representation of identity without a body, the digitisation of biomass and the increasingly omnipresent optic gaze of everyday objects. She received a BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence USA in 2010 and graduated with a Masters in Visual Strategies from the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam in 2013. She has written a column on technology, body modification and privacy for Sang Bleu, is part of design research collective Space Caviar and Tutor at the Architectural Association London.
Noam Toran’s work involves the creation of intricate narratives developed as a means to reflect upon the interrelations of history, memory, cinema and literature. Research based, the works examine how fiction influences the collective consciousness, be it as history, myth or memory forming. This is realised through an original way of deconstructing and reconfiguring cinematic and literary codes, conventions and structures, and weaving them with historical materials, thereby complicating and questioning the divide between artefact and artifice. The work is exhibited, screened and published internationally, and is part of numerous public collections.
Füsun Türetken is an architect. She is Head of Visual Culture and lecturer at Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam. She runs Studio ft., a platform that hacks into contemporary conditions of institutions by supporting collaborative work. Previously she taught at UCL, London and was director of the German Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale Venice, 2008. She (co-) authored exhibitions and publications exploring the contemporary city, e.g. 'Shrinking Cities’ and lectured on slow violence, conflict, virtual warfare, power structures and architecture. Her work was displayed at Venice Architecture Biennale, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art and HKW Berlin. Her writing can be found in ‘Forensis, the Architecture of Public Truth’, forthcoming in ‘Research Turn’ Volume Nr. 48, 2016, and ‘Future Vocabularies/Instituting Otherwise’, BAK Critical Reader, 2016. The theme of her fellowship at Het Nieuwe Instituut is part of her PhD endeavour at Research Architecture, Goldsmiths London.
Former fellows of Het Nieuwe Instituut
Malkit Shoshan is the founder of FAST, The Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory. Her work explores the relationship between architecture, politics, and human rights. She is the author of the award-winning book Atlas of Conflict, Israel-Palestine (2010), and co-author of Village (2014). Malkit studied architecture at the Technion (Israel), and the IUAV (Italy). She is a Ph.D. candidate at the Delft University of Technology. Her dissertation explores the role architecture can have in conflict areas, focusing on UN missions. She is on the editorial board of Footprint, Delft Architecture Theory Journal and co-editor of the Unmanned, a publication series on architecture and security. Malkit is currently a Visiting Critic at the School of Architecture at Syracuse University. Moreover, she was a finalist for the Harvard GSD’s Wheelwright Prize (2014).
Her work was published in newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, NRC, Haaretz, Volume, Domus, Abitare, and Frame; and exhibited in venues such as the Venice Architecture Biennale (2002, 2008), The Netherlands Architecture Institute (2007), Experimenta (2011), Het Nieuwe Instituut (2014), and at the Istanbul Design Biennale (2014).
Under the auspices of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Malkit Shoshan has been appointed curator of the Dutch Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. Malkit Shoshan has been a fellow of Het Nieuwe Instituut for the past two years working on the research programme Drones and Honeycombs about public space as war zone.
Dan Handel is an architect and a Ph.D. candidate at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, where his research focuses on the links between economic models and industrial architecture.
He is the inaugural Young Curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, for which he developed the exhibition First, the Forests (2012). Additionally, he curated Aircraft Carrier, the exhibition at the Israeli Pavilion in the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, also shown at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (2012-2014).
He has participated in symposia and lectured in various venues, including the Princeton School of Architecture, the International New Town Institute (Almere), the Society of Architectural Historians conference (Buffalo), the ETH (Zurich), and the CCA (Montreal).
He holds degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. His writing has appeared in Frame, Thresholds, San Rocco,Pin-Up, Bracket, the Journal of Landscape Architecture (JOLA), Volume, and Cabinet among others. He is the editor of Aircraft Carrier: American Ideas and Israeli Architectures after 1973 (2012), and of Manifest: A journal of American Architecture and Urbanism.
As a research fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Dan Handel has curated the exhibition WOOD, in cooperation with exhibition designers Jannetje in ‘t Veld and Toon Koehorst.
Tal Erez is a designer and researcher who explores issues of political change, institutional critique, and contemporary forms of resistance. Erez’s research methodology encompasses both the production of objects and text: situated between theory and praxis. Tal Erez has exhibited internationally with the Israeli pavilion exhibition at the Venice architecture biennale (Aircraft Carrier, 2012-13), Droog Design (Design for download, 2011, 2013), and Z33, House for contemporary art and design in Hasselt (B) (The Machine, 2012; Design beyond production, 2013), amongst others. Tal holds degrees from the Holon Institute of Technology (ISR) and the Design Academy Eindhoven. He teaches design in Hadassah college and in Bezalel academy’s design Masters program in Jerusalem.
As a research fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut he curated the exhibition PLASTIC: Promises of a Home Made Future that took place there in 2015.
Designer Roos Meerman focuses on researching materials and forms, and relates this to current developments in technology. In her lab she makes machines to investigate how she can develop production methods that are controlled by natural phenomena. Her Aera Fabrica project won the 2014 Hendrik Valk Prize, the New Material Fellow 2014, and the Gelderland Design + Innovation Prize. The New Material Award included a fellowship at Het Nieuwe Instituut.
During the fellowship Roos Meerman continued her research Aera Fabrica in a temporary open lab in Room 2. She invited a broad network of designers, materials experts, researchers and people from the industries.
Ruben Jacobs studied Arts & Economics at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht and sociology of culture at the University of Amsterdam. As a freelance journalist he has worked for o.a. the VPRO, NTR and various online magazines. Currently, he is professor and researcher at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, teaching sociology of culture and philosophy. He is also a member of the thinktank Vizier. Ruben works as freelance publicist, interested in the interaction between art, society and economy. Recently he has published his first book Iedereen een kunstenaar. Over authenticiteit, kunstenaarschap en de creatieve industrie.
During the fellowship at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Ruben Jacobs wrote the essay Verzachters van de Modernisering. Furthermore, he organised two discussions at Het Nieuwe Instituut on the topic of Soft Strategies.
Annet Dekker is an independent researcher and curator. She is currently Researcher Digital Preservation at TATE, London, Post-doc Research Fellow at London South Bank University / The Photographers Gallery, and core tutor at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (Master Media Design and Communication, Networked Media and Lens-Based Media). Previously she worked as Web curator for SKOR (Foundation for Art and Public Domain, 2010–12), was programme manager at Virtueel Platform (2008–10), and head of exhibitions, education and artists-in-residence at the Netherlands Media Art Institute (1999–8). From 2008-14 she wrote her Ph.D. Enabling the Future, or How to Survive FOREVER. A study of networks, processes and ambiguity in net art and the need for an expanded practice of conservation, at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University, London.
As a research fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Annet Dekker has curated the research project New Archive Interpretations: a series of commissions for artists, designers and researchers - a.o. Richard Vijgen, Template en Erica Scourti - to examine the influence and impact of the digital archive in relation to its analogue predecessor, the paper archive.
Sascha Pohflepp is an artist, designer and writer whose work has been known to probe the role of technology in our efforts to understand and influence our environment. His interest extends across both historical aspects and visions of the future and his practice often involves collaboration with other artists and researchers, creating work on subjects ranging from synthetic biology to geo-engineering and space exploration. Recent exhibitions include Talk To Me at MoMA New York, Pre-history of the Image at STUK Kunstencentrum Leuven, Science Fiction: New Death at FACT Liverpool, Multiplicity at Mixed Greens Gallery New York and an online project for opti-ME* at Auto Italia South East in London. Since 2013 Sascha Pohflepp has been an editor with AVANT.org. Sascha holds a diploma in digital art from The Berlin University of the Arts (UDK) and an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art (RCA) London, where he has also been leading the annual synthetic biology project. His essay on the notion of living machines is part of the book Synthetic Aesthetics.
Het Nieuwe Instituut invited Sascha Pohflepp to be a fellow of Het Nieuwe Instituut in this role as advisor on the Garden of Machines exhibition. He has written an essay that examines how the conflict between artificial/natural works in the context of the Anthropocene.
Often developing new material techniques or incorporating mundane ones in a surprising way, Chris Kabel brings the pragmatic together with the conceptual. Chris Kabel studied at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and founded his studio in 2002 in Rotterdam. He has won the DOEN Materiaalprijs in 2009 for his innovative use of materials. Kabel has worked with international companies and institutions like Droog, Moooi, Koizumi, Royal VKB, the City of Seoul, the City of Bruges, Levi's, Charles & Marie and Alessi. His work is collected by museums such as Fondation Nationale d'Art Contemporain, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Boijmans Museum Rotterdam and Hangaram Design Museum Seoul. Chris teaches and does workshops at several design schools, amongst others at Design Academy Eindhoven and at ECAL in Lausanne.
Chris Kabel’s research fellowship at Het Nieuwe Instituut focuses on the topic of “the finish.” He is one of the curators of Het Nieuwe Instituut's exhibition Designing the Surface.
Matthew Stadler is an American novelist and critic currently living in Rotterdam. His novels, including Allan Stein, Landscape: Memory, and The Dissolution of Nicholas Dee, have earned him numerous honors, including Guggenheim and Ingram-Merrill Fellowships, the Lambda Award for best gay novelist, and the Hinda Rosenthal Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2014, nai010 published his book, Deventer, about the interplay of power and hope in urban planning, and he gave the 9th annual Benno Premsela Lecture, Interior Decorating in War Time, at the Portugese Synagogue in Amsterdam.
In 2009 he co-founded Publication Studio with poet, Patricia No, as a sustainable for-profit model using digital platforms and one-at-a-time physical book production to serve a socially-driven model of publication as "the creation of new publics." Radically democratic, and achievable with minimal capital investment, the Publication Studio model has been widely adopted. There are now twelve studios doing business in a network that spans North America and has come to London, Malmö, and now at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Stadler's fellowship included helping start the studio and advising on broader publication strategies.
Christien Meindertsma explores the life of products and raw materials. For her first book, Checked Baggage (2004), Christien purchased a container filled with a week's worth of objects confiscated at security checkpoints in Schiphol Airport after 9/11. She meticulously categorized all 3267 items and photographed them on a white seamless background. Christien’s second book, PIG 05049 (2007), is an extensive collection of photographic images that documents an astounding array of products that different parts of an anonymous pig called 05049 could support. With this book, Christien reveals lines that link raw materials with producers, products and consumers that have become so invisible in an increasingly globalized world. With her designs Christien Meindertsma aims to regain understanding of processes that have become so distant in industrialization. Her work has been exhibited in MoMA (New York), The V&A (London) and the Cooper Hewitt Design museum (New York). For her book PIG 05049 she won three Dutch Design Awards (2008) as well as an Index award (2009). Christien graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2003.
During her fellowship at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Christien Meindertsma’s research focuses on the material of concrete. Her research aims to unravel and intervene in the manufacturing process of this material.