In the spring of 2019 Het Nieuwe Instituut launches Neuhaus, its response to the centennial anniversary of the Bauhaus.
This school for visual artists, craftspeople and architects from 1919 to 1932, first established in Weimar and later in Dessau, introduced an innovative form of education that encouraged students to examine their own creativity, working with the most diverse materials and taking account of the urgency of social change.
Alongside institutions displaying the works of original Bauhaus designers or of contemporary designers that embody its enduring influence, Het Nieuwe Instituut will opt for a different strategy. Neuhaus will reflect critically on the specific conditions and urgencies of contemporary society and how they may generate a new kind of designer or design discipline entirely. This follows the aspirations of the institute, since its founding in 2013, to be more than a repository for heritage and a platform for representation, and furthermore a generator of new forms of knowledge production, visualisation and sharing.
Neuhaus offers space for a varied programme that will be realised in collaboration with academies, designers, as well as local and international cultural institutions. Het Nieuwe Instituut will set up new collaborations and strengthen its existing relationships with the TU Delft, The Berlage, TU Eindhoven, Piet Zwart Institute, Design Academy Eindhoven, and many other courses as a launching point. In relation to a contemporary “culture of convergence”, it will set up a discourse in which the designer and the design process are central, evolving, and interwoven with other cultural and social spheres. Existing activities such as research fellowships, international activities, the international visitors' programme, and Thursday Night Live! will be developed as informal sites of knowledge production and also contribute to Neuhaus.
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