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Het Nieuwe Instituut will accept applications for three research fellowships. A pre-selection of applications will be made by the R&D department.

Marina Otero Verzier
Director of Research

Dr. Marina Otero Verzier is an architect and the director of research at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. She leads research initiatives such as Automated Landscapes, focusing on the emerging architectures of automated labor, Architecture of Appropriation, on squatting as spatial practice, and recently curated the exhibition Steve Bannon: A Propaganda Retrospective by Jonas Staal (2018). Otero is part of the Artistic Team for Manifesta 13 in Marseille, and co-curator of the exhibition I See That I See What You Don’t See at La XXII Triennale Di Milano. Previously, she was the curator of Work, Body, Leisure, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, and Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale together with the After Belonging Agency, and director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X- Columbia University GSAPP (New York). Otero is a co-editor of Unmanned: Architecture and Security Series (2016), After Belonging: The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay In Transit (2016), and editor of Work, Body, Leisure (2018). She teaches architecture at RCA in London.

Katía Truijen
Digital Culture, Research Department

Katía Truijen is a media theorist and musician based in Rotterdam. Since 2014, she has been developing programs in the field of digital culture within Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Research department. Her current research focuses on the politics of contemporary video culture. She was assistant curator for WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th Venice International Architecture Biennale in 2018, and is managing editor for the forthcoming publication Architecture of Appropriation: On Squatting as Spatial Practice (2019).


Her writing has been published by cultural platforms including Sonic Acts, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Virtueel Platform, Simulacrum, Institute of Network Cultures, IDFA DocLab, CJP, and FIBER. She holds an MA in New Media and Digital Cultures and BA in Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam, and completed the Art & Research Honours Programme at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Previously, she taught at the University of Amsterdam, department of Media Studies, and was a guest lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Nederlandse Filmacademie.

Marten Kuijpers
Landscape and Interior, Research Department

Marten Kuijpers is an architect based in Rotterdam, and researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut. His work concerns the often invisible political and economic forces, scripts and mechanisms that shape cities and their hinterlands. His current research focuses on the implications of automation for the built environment, as part of the research project Automated Landscapes, launched in 2017 by Het Nieuwe Instituut. Marten was curator of several exhibitions at the institute, including Sicco Mansholt: A Good European, which examined the spatial implications of postwar agricultural policies in the Netherlands. Marten studied architecture at the University of Technology in Eindhoven. Between 2010 and 2013, he curated the lectures and debates program of the Netherlands Architecture Institute.

Anastasia Kubrak
Materials and Things, Research Department

Anastasia Kubrak is a designer and researcher based in Rotterdam. She works as a design researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut, and as a research tutor in MA Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven. Her writing has been published by cultural platforms including The Site Magazine, The Institute of Network Cultures, ARCH+ and Nichon-nous dans l’Internet; and her work has been exhibited Internationally, including Science Gallery Dublin, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, Seoul Mediacity Biennale, WORM, Onomatopee and Van Abbemuseum. She holds MA in Visual Strategies from Sandberg Instituut, and BA from Man & Communication department at Design Academy Eindhoven.

Klaas Kuitenbrouwer
Digital Culture, Research Department

Klaas Kuitenbrouwer combines a background in history, the arts and digital culture. He was trained as a historian, and also developed an art practice around radio, spoken word and conceptual games. He started working in the field of new media in 1997, with a focus on relations between technology and culture. He researches, writes and develops programmes about topics in technological culture from a perspective that aims to combine critical theory, practices of art and design, sciences and philosophy. He develops exhibitions, (web)documentaries, curricula, lectures series, workshops and texts. His themes of interest include hybrid space (spatiality constituted by the combination of physical space and digital networks), transmedial narrativity, interdisciplinary knowledge practices, platformization of society, algorithmic culture, posthuman and postnatural culture.

Ludo Groen
Landscape and Interior, Research Department

Ludo Groen is an architect and researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Alongside he teaches at The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design. His built work includes several private houses, exhibitions, and a health care center.

Marina Otero Verzier
Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Katia Truijen, Marten Kuijpers, Anastasia Kubrak
Alex Walker