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Het Nieuwe Instituut has been forced to suspend an important part of its public function. With the closure of the physical building, we are emphasizing the digital enviroment and online activities. Our perspective will continue to be nurtured by the need for different voices, both socially and ecologically. It is our assignment, and we also feel it is a necessity, to supply inspiration and perspectives while providing creative commissions for designers, theorists and makers. After all, since its foundation the institute has linked the role and importance of design to precisely those social issues, which are once again proving their urgency.

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Artist and lawyer Shahaila Winklaar hosts this week's Sunday Scroll. This digital detour is an exploration of the theme 'womanhood'. Broadcasted on 24 May.

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14/12/2019 – 31/05/2020

Discover The Hoodie exhibit in an online tour. The detour team of Het Nieuwe Instituut made this tour especially for families. They tell you about their favourite pieces in the exhibition, ask questions and discuss details that interest them.

Where’s Elzas?

A data challenge for self-isolating globetrotters , 27/05/20
at Het Nieuwe Instituut Online

Sunday Scroll with Bas

The design of identity, 31/05/20

For the Record: Urban Imaginaries

Live radio/video broadcast with Operator, 11/06/20
at Het Nieuwe Instituut Online

Sunday Scroll with Shahaila

Womanhood, 24/05/20

Songs from Another Room: Music Video in Quarantine

Music videos have always been both commercial tool and boundary-pushing medium. They expose dominant narratives and socio-political issues, question cultural norms and offer artists an often experimental space for depicting alternative realities. Now that Covid-19 means that we have to live confined and distanced from each other, video platforms ensure that we can continue to gather together and attend performances of live music. And designers – including musicians, filmmakers and graphic designers – are using the audiovisual environments of music videos and streamed concerts to evoke feelings of closeness and community, thanks to the shared experience of listening to songs from another room.

For the Record: Urban Imaginaries, live radio and video broadcast with Operator
Event 11 June 2020

Some music videos give visibility to the daily reality of local communities, transmitting their specific living conditions across different continents via online platforms. In the time of Covid-19, lockdown and home quarantine, the information supplied by music videos contributes to a solidarity and collectivity that transcends (national) borders. This live programme is about the way local circumstances and changing views of public space are represented in music videos. It also examines how fan culture and online communities are dealing with the current situation, as well as which video production methods are possible in the 1.5 metre society.

Set Stage Screen: Realities of Postproduction

Set Stage Screen: Realities of Postproduction takes a closer look at how contemporary video culture forms a public space for consumerism, activism and emancipation. Behind the videos that viewers watch on their screens, there lies a kind of parallel world of constructed spaces and a unique material reality. This reality behind the video often remains invisible and inaccessible. Using a series of videos, designs, interviews and essays, the installation offers a peek at the technologies, design strategies and forms of representation which are used to depict the alternative realities of music videos and live concerts. The installation can be seen in real life at Het Nieuwe Instituut from 1 June (in the next edition of the newsletter you’ll receive information about the reopening of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s buildings to the public).

Fireworks for Myself: Drake's Toosie Slide Music Video and the Politics of Going Viral by Jason King

The Toosie Slide music video by hip-hop superstar Drake is a five-minute ‘sad boy’ reflection on soulless spaces full of splendour, but stripped of life. The video, which was released on 3 April, is a controversial statement, widely experienced as provocative, about the Covid-19 pandemic. In this essay, Jason King (Associate Professor and Head of Writing, History & Emergent Media Studies at NYU) examines how Drake exploits the viral properties of online videos to promote his music during a pandemic, and how the video presents problematic class differences and confirms the difference between indoor and outdoor spaces in the Black lived experience.

For the Record Essay Series

In a series of video essays, writers and other experts explore music videos and live events and their underlying ideology, genre, technology and design history. With contributions from Guus Beumer, Craig Buckley, Rüdiger Campe, Francesco Casetti, Liselotte Doeswijk, Jason King, Momtaza Mehri, Eliza Steinbock and Léa Catherine Szacka.

Video Channel: Designing Realities and Digital Diasporas

For the Record’s series of live programmes is modelled on a kind of public recording studio. This model not only depicts the production and post-production techniques that are used in video, but is also used to record the conversations and can even distribute them as video. Watch the new videos Designing Realities and K-Pop Fandoms and Digital Diasporas.

Commissioning in the time of Covid-19

Every week, we invite a different designer to create our web magazine cover in response to the question: What’s occupying you now? Take a look at the covers that have been made so far. This week the cover is designed by Karl Nawrot.