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Participants find their way through the mechanics of human interaction with computers by saving discarded remote controls and games from e-waste. They learn about electronics and how to reflect critically on the notion of control.

No prior knowledge is required. Bring these things with you:

  • A laptop
  • Old remote controls, game consoles, joysticks, games with knobs and/or switches

Heerko van der Kooij

Heerko van der Kooij calls himself a creative technologist: multimedia artist and developer of software and hardware. He teaches Interaction Media Design at the HKU in Utrecht and gives workshops on the development of hardware and software at various art academies in the Netherlands and abroad. He is fascinated by the construction of devices and how they work.

Anja Groten

Anja Groten is a designer and researcher. Her design practice is at the interface of digital and physical media, design and art education, and she is involved with various interdisciplinary collectives. She works on a freelance basis and on commission and teaches at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam. In 2013 she was co-founder of the initiative Hackers & Designers, which tries to break down the barriers between the two fields through education, hacks and cooperation. She has been a Ph.D. student in the research programme Critical Making since 2017.

Thursday Night Workshop

Designers and makers from the worlds of architecture, design and digital culture share their techniques, experiments and questions in special workshops, always with a link to the programme Dissident Gardens or Thursday Night Live!

Thursday Bite

Before Thursday Night Live! you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:00 Het Nieuwe Café will serve soup with bread or a quiche with salad. Dinner vouchers are available for € 7,50 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Ticket link of the Thursday Night Live!

Het Nieuwe Instituut reserves the right to cancel or move the workshop if there are less than five applications.

19:30 – 21:30
Dutch / English
also this evening

18:00 - 19:30 Thursday Bite

19:30 - 21:00 BNO IMG LAB: On Type

19:30 - 21:00 Lecture Mieke Dings: Holliday Parks

Museum open untill 21:00


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standard€ 7,50
Students, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75

Including a free drink at Het Nieuwe Café
Max. 15 participants

Hetty Berens, Guus Beumer, Marten Kuijpers, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Maurizio Montalti, Suzanne Mulder, Marina Otero Verzier, Mark Wigley
Frank Bruggeman, Overtreders-W, Andres Jacques
Boy Vereecken, Bardhi Haliti