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The New Institute’s summer programme The Ruin will illuminate aspects of the organisation’s future agenda in five fragments of past shows by sister organisations and three new exhibitions. The Ruin will run from Friday 21 June to Sunday 15 September at The New Institute in Rotterdam. A parallel programme of films, talks, performances, salons and master classes will provide context for the underlying themes. The summer events will usher in the 2013–14 cultural year, in which The New Institute will give form to its ambitions around research and exhibitions.
A ruin is at once a tangible remnant of history and a symbol of changeability. Ruins refer not only to the inescapability of the past but also to an inevitable future. This notion, derived from observations by the philosopher Patrick Healy, serves as the basic idea behind The Ruin, which brings together recurring questions and familiar notions with radical design practices and even claims of a new industrial revolution.
The eight shows will provide a first look at The New Institute’s multiyear research, exhibition and studio programme commencing in September. All activities will be linked by a transdisciplinary approach to the subject of innovation. Specific themes in The Ruin will include topicality, locality, experimentation and social renewal, innovation, and conflict.
Fragments of five previous exhibitions by sister organisations will be showcased: The Machine: Designing a New Industrial Revolution (Z33, Hasselt, Belgium), Playboy Architecture, 1953–1979 (NAiM/Bureau Europa, Maastricht), Evil Media Distribution Centre (Transmediale, Berlin), WerkStadt Vienna: Design Engaging the City (Vienna Design Week) and The Sentient City Survival Kit (Dutch Electronic Art Festival, Rotterdam). Three new exhibitions will also go on view: Treppen, High Rise/Down Fall, created by Johannes Schwartz and curated by Johannes Schwartz and The New Institute; City Hall, curated by Ellen Smit and The New Institute; and Schmuck, curated by Marjan Unger and The New Institute.
A wide range of associated films, talks, performances, salons and master classes will constitute a “live magazine” exploring the exhibition's subject matter in depth. For example, Beatriz Colomina of Princeton University will talk about the origins of Playboy Architecture, 1953–1979 on Wednesday 3 July. The programme will also feature standalone events, such as a presentation by the designer Joost Grootens of the architectural monograph MVRDV Buildings on Thursday 4 July and, on Tuesday 9 July, Test_Lab: The Graduation Edition, at which an international group of emerging artists and designers will present interactive work.
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