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After two months of forced closure, public life is slowly restarting. While Het Nieuwe Instituut has developed alternative formats and remained open online, it's now possible to open physically again on 1 June  and so develop more hybrid programming in the near future. 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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In this week's Sunday Scroll performer, writer and artist Bas van der Kruk eplores the design of identity. Broadcast on 31 May.

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2020
01
Jun
19:00 – 21:00
Online and on the Middellandplein, Rotterdam

On May 31 and June 1 in collaboration with YouthDem and Het Nieuwe Instituut, Concrete Blossom is organising the on- en offline live-broadcast The Hoodie - Televised. With contributions from Lou Stoppard, Timothy Sabajo (Patta), Chinouk Filique, Richard Lopes Mendes (Clan de Banlieue), Jordan Soediono (SUMIBU), Abderrahmane Trabsini (Daily Paper) and a Bring Your Own Merch (BYOM) screenprinting hangout at Middellandplein in Rotterdam on Sunday.

Technologising the EU Border

Guest Programme - Online , 04/06/20

For the Record: Urban Imaginaries

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

The Hoodie - Televised

Closing festival and live broadcast The Hoodie Unravelled, 31/05/20
at Online and on the Middellandplein, Rotterdam

Sunday Scroll with Bas

The design of identity, 31/05/20

Open / Closed
Online / Offline

While Het Nieuwe Instituut has developed alternative formats, remaining open online, it’s now also possible to physically reopen on 1 June, thanks to the reduced pressure on healthcare. However, the protocol and various measures required mean that we can welcome fewer visitors than before. This prompts us to develop more hybrid programming in the near future, based on online and offline elements. In order to lower any barriers to a visit, we have covered the various restrictions as far as possible. We have also approached the situation as a design question and are offering new forms of visit. From 1 June, there is an opportunity to participate in a unique visitor experience, one that is about personal meaning and intimacy and through which you can still celebrate each other’s company – at a distance.

At the same time, the policy around Covid-19 has led to some topical questions. How does the design domain relate, for example, to the idea of the 1.5 metre society and the basic forms of inclusion and exclusion associated with it? The disciplining and exclusive mechanisms of design have been discussed regularly within the institute in recent years. It is interesting that these qualities are now repeatedly being employed as solutions to a social problem. 

75B’s Design Intervention

Commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut, design agency 75B intervenes in the building’s public space and playfully confronts visitors and employees with the idea of the 1.5 metre society. The visual language is inspired by chemical connections and electrical diagrams and thus represents a mix of chemistry (between people) and the electric feeling of being together.

From the Collection: Unlocked/Reconnected

In the institute’s entrance hall, a diptych, made using material from the Dutch National Collection for Architecture and Urban Planning, is on show at the invitation of Unlocked/Reconnected, inspired by the concept of ‘at home in the time of the pandemic’. This collectively curated exhibition connects even the most diverse ‘homes for the arts’ and marks the restart of public cultural life. Each institution – including Utrecht’s Centraal Museum, Galerie VIVID (Rotterdam) and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – selects one work especially for this purpose. 

Open: A Bakema Celebration

The exhibition, Open: A Bakema Celebration, in the Dutch pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, offered critical reflections on the idea of the open society through the work and research of Jaap Bakema (1914–81). Bakema, a leading architect of the post-war period of modern architecture, wanted to build a society that was democratic, egalitarian and open to everyone. In 2020, his idealism is gaining relevance in the context of the current plea for the 1.5 metre society.

The Hoodie - Televised

The Hoodie exhibition is extended until August 23. On May 31 and June 1 in collaboration with YouthDem and Het Nieuwe Instituut, Concrete Blossom is organising the on- en offline live-broadcast The Hoodie - Televised. With contributions from Lou Stoppard, Timothy Sabajo (Patta), Chinouk Filique, Richard Lopes Mendes (Clan de Banlieue), Jordan Soediono (SUMIBU), Abderrahmane Trabsini (Daily Paper) and a Bring Your Own Merch (BYOM) screenprinting hangout at Middellandplein in Rotterdam on Sunday.

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 The Rodina.