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Het Nieuwe Instituut organises exhibitions, lectures and fellowships, carries out research and development projects, and publishes reports on the outcomes of its projects. These are carried out within two multiyear programmes: Landscape and Interior and Things and Materials, and a third whose theme changes annually. Het Nieuwe Instituut organises exhibitions, research projects, lectures, fellowships and publications related to these programme tracks.

Landscape & Interior

The boundaries between public and private, physical and digital, and culture and nature are becoming blurred. At the same time, new borders continue to develop, and the once clear distinction between inside and outside, known and unknown, and between ourselves and the other, is shifting. This changing world, which is also recognised in the government’s adjusted policy on spatial planning, calls for a new approach to the concept of space.

Things & Materials

We inhabit an environment filled with materials that astound us with their capacity to transform. Our challenge is to discover, collect, analyse, process and utilise them. This holds true not only for materials found in our physical environment on Earth – from rare, extremely pure minerals to hybrid composites— but also for ‘dark matter’ in space.

Annual themes

Alongside the long-term programme tracks The Things and The Materials and Landscape and Interior, Time introduces the third main focus in the various activities of Het Nieuwe Instituut. Each annual theme includes additional forms of research, such as fellowships, as a perspective on the current programmes.

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