Het Nieuwe Instituut and Bureau Europa are organising a joint symposium on 20 February in connection with The Great Indoors Award 2013: The Nature of Things. This symposium forms part of the programme running parallel to the exhibition 1:1 Sets for Erwin Olaf & Bekleidung, which is on display in Het Nieuwe Instituut until 30 March.
A number of tendencies can be concluded from the submissions to The Great Indoors competition, initiated by Bureau Europa, Marres, House for Contemporary Culture, and FRAME magazine . On the one hand the empty, smooth and aesthetically overwhelming interiors seem to have become a thing of the past. They have been replaced by a human dimension: a spectrum of recycled materials, styles and buildings outlines a reappraisal of what already exists in the creation of personal environments. You might ask yourself whether we modern nomads need more tactile, comfortable and personal surroundings in order to feel at home instead of anonymous minimalist interiors. Are these personal interiors a counterpart to the flexible and dynamic lives we live today?
Through the lens of their own oeuvres, the evening's speakers Brendan Cormier (ArchisVolume), architect Edouard François, designers from March Studio and Overtreders W. will tackle such questions as: Has a new Baroque manifested itself? Can we pinpoint a reason for the end of minimalism? What is the relation between the present digital era and these more personal and intuitive interiors?
Admission: € 7,50/ Student € 3,00