Het Nieuwe Instituut (Rotterdam, Netherlands) has instigated research in architecture, design and digital culture since its foundation in 2013, fostering programmes, exhibitions, lectures, archival investigations and publications in the Netherlands and internationally. Through its annual Fellowship programme, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Research Department acknowledges and gives visibility to research projects offering departures from established modes of thinking.
This year’s call specifically invites collectives to apply. With this call, Het Nieuwe Instituut aims to support collaborative practices within design, architecture and digital culture, extending beyond the notion of individual authorship.
From design networks to worker cooperatives, from collective households to biosystems, applicants are encouraged to reflect on – and reinterpret – their definition of a collective practice, and explain who counts as a collective: for instance, are multispecies and more-than-human collaborations emerging along human alliances?
Applying collectives are encouraged to submit a critical and forward-thinking research proposal that addresses the 2020-2021 core theme, and that aims to collectively disrupt, rethink, experiment, generate and gather new methodologies and forms of institutional practice in order to foster structures of support and care.
The proposal may depart from an existing institution, as well as propose the formation of a new or becoming institution, and may incorporate a larger system of references, schools of critical thought and transdisciplinary practices, as well as different forms of engagement. Ultimately, applicants should consider how their proposal might impact other institutional practices and methodologies, how they combine outward and inward thinking, how they engage with notions of scalar organisation or with more-than-human species, and how they operate beyond borders.
Along with their mission statement, proposals should also delve into the internal organisation and distribution of responsibilities and agency; the different forms in which work is understood and handled within the collective, not forgetting the immense labour of care; the shared values, expected behaviour and other guidelines either documented or left unspoken; and the protocols to credit and make public the involvement of each member.
There is no age limit for applicants. Collectives from all places of residence are invited to apply. Neither a curriculum vitae nor letters of recommendation are requested. The fellowships are open to all degree levels in all disciplines (design, architecture and digital culture). Equal priority will be given to those without a degree or institutional affiliation who can also demonstrate a high level of creativity, critical thought and other potential in their respective fields.
The Fellow will receive:
Each of these two positions includes a total budget of 20,000 euros. Stipends may be subject to a withholding tax.
How to Apply:
Send application to: email@example.com. Your application should include:
- A link to a video file including a self-introduction and an introduction of the project (maximum 3 minutes)
- Graphic material such as drawings, images or digital engagements (maximum 10)
- A proposed calendar and a working methodology or research approach (maximum 300 words)
- Contact information (full name, country of residence, email address, telephone number)
- Give your file the title of your name and the research proposal, in the following format: SURNAME_NAME_PROJECTNAME.pdf
- Applications and supplementary materials should be in English and submitted, by attachment, as a single PDF, consisting of a maximum of five A4 sheets.
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