Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL launched an Open Call for proposals to participate in the program of the Biennale Architettura 2018. This Open Call invited researchers and designers in the field of architecture to submit projects for the extended program of the Dutch Pavilion, in response to the theme WORK, BODY, LEISURE, commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Since its founding in 2013, Het Nieuwe Instituut has developed the official participation of the Netherlands in the Biennale Architettura 2018 beyond a mere presentation into a long-term discursive contribution to the field, advancing research as well as innovative approaches to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary society in which architecture plays a role.
The 2018 Dutch Pavilion is envisioned as a collaborative research endeavor by a national and international network. This network, which brings together the expertise of architects, designers, knowledge institutions and the private sector, will test and disseminate outcomes before, during, and beyond the exhibition timeframe and venue of the Biennale Architettura 2018. Het Nieuwe Instituut announces the list of commissioned exhibitors for the Dutch Pavilion, including those selected through the Open Cal in December 2017. The curator, Rotterdam-based architect and researcher Marina Otero Verzier, head of the Research Department at Het Nieuwe Instituut, will act as the instigator and creative mediator of the multiple contributions.
With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the 2018 Dutch Pavilion addresses the spatial configurations, living conditions, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions. The project seeks to foster new forms of creativity and responsibility within the architectural field in response to emerging technologies of automation.
The original Open Call text can be found here.