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Following Infrastructions

By Resolve Collective

“The ‘institute’ dominates much of our collective imagination of what it means to organise. But while all institutions can be theoretically regenerated to become platforms for political transformation, this project responds to the ubiquity of the need to regenerate.

Instead, to make infrastructural is to radically decentralise resource, creating space in which ‘access’ is perpetually a verb, not a noun, and upholding dissipative practices; performative, responsive, and redistributive modes of operation that cause leaks and loopholes in organisational space where communities of care and networks of maintenance can flourish.

To explore possibilities for infrastructing institutional space, the project centres three key action-research activities. The first is ‘folding’ and ‘unfolding’; ways of mapping and re-organising institutional space by bringing together and separating its disparate and familiar parts. The second is centring ‘leaks’ and ‘loopholes’ in institutional space through co-creative workshops and co-designed interventions with an institution’s constituent and more-than-human parts. The third the documentation, critique, and celebration of dissipative relationships within institutions and the trial of exercises in collectively valuing them.”

Jury comments:
With its proposal, the Resolve Collective aims to make institutional space infrastructural. The interdisciplinary design collective combines architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges, with a focus on young people and under-represented groups, realising equitable change in the built environment and enforcing networks and communities of care. The jury is impressed by the sharpness, creativity and energy of the proposal and its self-reflection, as well as its strong visual language, shown both in video and graphics. The jury supports the collective’s approach to design as a mechanism for political and socio-economic change, and its aim to find portals of change through the act of ‘infrastructuring’. Furthermore, the jury values the highly interdisciplinary and collaborative research approach and working methodology, combining co-creative workshops, deep listening exercises, collective forms of documentation, and conversations with human and non-human parts of institutions. These create ‘folds and unfolds’ to address issues from multiple angles, such as ecological-societal-financial, spatial-philosophical, and technological-biological perspectives. The jury invites the collective to think carefully about the afterlife of the project after the six-month fellowship, as well as to reflect on what it means to work with, and to intervene in, the three proposed arts, educational and health institutions.

Application report 

As in previous years, Het Nieuwe Instituut will publish a more extensive report on current research topics, collective practices, references, languages, geographies and methodologies, based on the entire set of submitted proposals in response to the call, later this autumn. 

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