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Open Call – Embedded Researcher

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Serpentine Galleries launch an Open Call for an embedded researcher in the field of design, in collaboration with studio Formafantasma.

In recent years, the widening notion of the designer as researcher has opened up the possibility of a design practice beyond product making. This understanding of design fosters a twofold paradigm change: on the one hand, research is no longer conceived as an isolated, independent act, but rather as a collaborative endeavour; on the other, the practice of design could lead to objects and materials, as well as to open-ended processes, speculations, even policy changes. This state of affairs demands new methodologies and forms of responsibility, as well as a new role for the designer – an ambition that has been previously manifested in several Het Nieuwe Instituut and Serpentine Galleries initiatives.

This Open Call is an attempt to continue exploring and advancing the possibilities of the coupling of research and design. With this new initiative, Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Serpentine Galleries and Formafantasma seek to engage researchers and designers in the development and dissemination of innovative and critical ideas by being part of a collaborative, transnational, design act.

Through this initiative, Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Serpentine Galleries invite recently-graduated researchers and designers to work together with studio Formafantasma in the development of their upcoming investigation and exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries in London in Spring 2020.

The selected candidate will join Formafantasma’s team in Amsterdam, and work in close contact with Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Serpentine Galleries on a long-term project starting in January 2019 and extending for the subsequent 12 months. The project will depart from some of the questions explored by Formafantasma in their 2018 e-waste related investigation ‘Ore Streams’ and will culminate in an exhibition at Serpentine Galleries in London in 2020, and subsequent instalments in other locations. The exhibition will critically monitor the relationship between design, production and the environment and develop possible design and other interventions including policy, based on multidisciplinary conversations.

For more information please see www.formafantasma.com or click here.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 7 January 2019 via email at [email protected]

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