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Every year, dozens of international architecture, design, fashion and digital culture professionals visit the Netherlands at Het Nieuwe Instituut’s invitation to experience Dutch design and its multidisciplinary way of working. The International Visitors Programme promotes international dialogue, cultural exchange, market expansion and the growth of the international professional network.
 
This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated restrictions on international travel, a number of visits took place digitally. On this page you can read which international guests were welcomed by, Het Nieuwe Instituut in 2021, both physically and digitally:
January 2020
Godofredo Pereira (CL), Pedro Alonso (CL), Emily Martin (US)

As part of the Lithium research and exhibition project, Het Nieuwe Instituut invited architects and researchers Godofredo Pereira and Pedro Alonso and anthropologist Emily Martin to take part in a series of online programmes on the mineral lithium and how it relates to forms of burn-out on a planetary, human and technological scale. The meetings were organised in the context of Thursday Night Live! Due to the coronavirus regulations in force at the time, these TNL! activities were streamed.

January 2020
Jason Wee (US), Astria Suparak (US)
Thanks to a contribution to the Open Call for visitors programmes, the festival, exhibition and multidisciplinary online and offline platform Other Futures could put together and publish an interview in which artistic director Brigitte van der Sande talks with artist Jason Wee about his installation Masterplan.
May 2021
Valencia James (Volumetric Performance Toolbox) (BB), Archivo Auxiliar (MX), Jason King (US), GLOR1A (UK) en Alpha Rats (JP)

In collaboration with Rewire Festival, Het Nieuwe Instituut presented For the Record: In Another Setting This event discussed design tactics for collective music experiences in and after the pandemic. Contributions from Alpha Rats (JP), Archivo Auxiliar (MX), GLOR1A (UK), Volumetric Performance Toolkit (US) and Jason King (US) were made possible with support from the International Visitors Programme.

July 2021
Vasco Mendes, Maria Reis, Sara Graça, Sreya (PT)

In july 2021, Het Nieuwe Instituut joined the Porto Design Biennale 2021 (PDB’21) with For the Record: The Politics of Design in Music Video. This two-day programme of lectures and workshops reflected on recent Portuguese music videos and addressed various themes relating to the role of design in music video productions. Participating artists in this programma included Vasco Mendes (director of music video’s and films), Maria Reis (artist and musician), Sara Graça (artist and designer), and Sreya (artist and musician). 

October 2021
New Order of Fashion, Matthew Needham (UK)
During Dutch Design Week, the organisation invited New Order of Fashion (NOoF) designer Matthew Needham for an in-depth NOoF Talk and to inspire a new generation of NOoF talents as a mentor in the NOoF LAB. The New Order of Fashion Foundation recently worked closely with Needham on the Long Live Fashion exhibition in the Textielmuseum, which was on display from 25 September 2021 to 27 March 2022.
November 2021
Sean Cole (US)

Sean Cole is an American journalist, poet and producer of the renowned This American Life podcast series. In 2021, he was invited by Podcastnetwerk, a Dutch foundation dedicated to fostering podcast culture in the Netherlands, for a keynote on the captivating power of audio during the opening night of the annual Podcastfestival in Groningen. He also hosted a masterclass on interviewing people who have something to hide as part of the festival’s affiliated conference in Amsterdam. The keynote in Groningen is available for playback as a podcast on the feed of the Podcastfestival 2021.

November 2021
Katerina Gregos (GR)
Katerina Gregos is a Greek curator, lecturer and writer currently based in Brussels. In summer 2021, she became artistic director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens, er hometown. Her curatorial practice has consistently explored the relationship between art, society and politics with a particular focus on questions of democracy, human rights, economy, ecology, crisis and changing global production chains.
November 2021
Raphael Bastide (FR), Rifke Sadlier (UK), Ambika Joshi (IN)

Creative Coding Utrecht, a platform that stimulates digital creativity and creative coding as artistic practice, organised a two-day Symposium on Creative Coding in cooperation with designer Vera van de Seyp. The hybrid event, which took place at Amsterdam’s Veem House for Performance in November 2021, consisted of workshops, interviews, demos and artist talks.

More visitors are added here later.