International Visitors Programme – Filip Visnjic and Matthew Plummer-Fernandez
Date: 17/05, Rotterdam, 15:00 – 17:00 hrs
The contemporary era is characterised by radical technological, economic, cultural and social shifts. Het Nieuwe Instituut aims to illuminate and map a rapidly changing world while at the same time fostering discussion of topics related to the vast field of design. All the institute’s activities are grounded in the principles of design and innovation – two concepts bound up with changing value systems and conflict.
Het Nieuwe Instituut organises exhibitions, lectures and fellowships, carries out research and development projects, and publishes reports on the outcomes of its projects. These are carried out within three multiyear programmes: Landscape and Interior, Things and Materials, and a third whose theme changes annually (2014: World War I; 2015: World’s Fairs). Het Nieuwe Instituut arose on 1 January 2013 out of a merger of the Netherlands Architecture Institute; Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion; and Virtueel Platform, the e-culture knowledge institute.
On 17 May, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez and Filip Visnjic take visitors on a short safari through contemporary algorithmic culture. Algorithms are operations formulated step by step with which computers carry out tasks. Learning algorithms can, to some extent, adjust their own rules. Plummer and Visnjic show how these learning algorithms penetrate our lives in all sorts of ways. This event is a collaboration between FIBER and The New Institute.