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Reading Slow Spatial Practices

Launch of 'Slow Spatial Reader' in Rotterdam and online

  • Presentation and launch of Slow Spatial Reader
  • With various presentations and talks by contributors from the book
  • Both an on- and offline event!

What: Reading Slow Spatial Practices - presentation and launch of Slow Spatial Reader
When: 8 July 2021, 19:30—21:00
Where: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam and online via
Organisation: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Slow Research Lab, Valiz
Language: English
Admission: There is a limited amount of places available in Rotterdam, to join the event there, regular admission to Het Nieuwe Instituut applies. The event can be watched online for free.

Since March 2020, the world has become a slower, quieter and more deliberate place, prompting a reevaluation of our priorities, rhythms and ways of living. This Design Dialogue features a talk by Ligia Nobre - architect, curator and current Het Nieuwe Instituut fellow (as a member of the collective O grupo inteiro). The talk is linked to her essay contribution to a new Valiz publication, the Slow Spatial Reader.

Nobre’s focus is on artist Camila Sposati’s Earth Anatomical Theatre (2014), a specific underground construction in Bahia, Brazil. She explores how, in a territory steeped in stubborn continuous histories of European extraction and tropical resistance, Sposati’s one-year art piece functioned as an ‘amplifier of knowledge’ and a portal to the unknown - that is to say, to the Earth itself.

This programme officially launches the new Valiz book, a timely and compelling collection of essays chronicling diverse ‘Slow’ approaches from spatial creative fields like architecture, sculpture, installation, dramaturgy and performance, among other branches of research into dynamics and politics of space. The book’s editor Carolyn F. Strauss gives a short introduction, and she and researcher and landscape architect Daphne Bakker will engage in a dialogue with Nobre immediately following her talk. The programme includes a short film curated by Bronwyn Lace of The Centre for the Less Good Idea. The evening is moderated by Sarah van Binsbergen.

Join us for the event at Het Nieuwe Instituut or online. There are a limited numbers of tickets available for the physical event at Het Nieuwe Instituut.