Expansive Bodies. Contesting Design at Het Nieuwe Instituut (NED)
> A richly illustrated overview of eight years of idiosyncratic exhibition design in Het Nieuwe Instituut, refl ected in a spectacularly designed retrospective
> 27 oktober, an evening about the book, Het Nieuwe Instituut
> Includes interviews with and essays by a.o. Guus Beumer, Paul B. Preciado, Sam Jacob, Jussi Parikka en Simone C. Niquille
> A sketch of varied ideas about culture and the increasingly broad fi eld that design covers
Today, design occupies an increasingly expansive field. Promoters argue that almost anything can be design. But by expanding its definition, design is no longer just about solutions and innovation, but often the root cause of problems and conflict. For museums that engage in the design world, such shifting ground poses an existential challenge. It is no longer enough to simply champion design professions, designers, and designed objects. One must instead deeply interrogate how design acts, to what end, and for whom.
Expansive Bodies is an account of the past eight years of institutional practice at Het Nieuwe Institute in Rotterdam, and its own attempt to come to terms with this shifting ground, which has produced a unique approach to framing, challenging and probing design. The book comprises an oral history of the institute as recounted by fifteen practitioners, an illustrated account of the institute’s exhibition history, and sixteen essays commissioned by the institute, each exploring different ideas about cultural practice and the expanded ways in which design operates and has impact today.
ISBN 978-94-6208-664-7 | August 2021 | available | Brendan Cormier | design: Lana Cavar, Natasha Chandani, Ines Cox, Geoff Han, Ivan Martinez, Maureen Mooren, Julie Peeters, Maud Vervenne | photography: Johannes Schwartz | Dutch | paperback | 22 x 28,5 cm | 312 pages | in conjunction with: Het Nieuwe Instituut