[artinfo] NIMK Amsterdam, formerly Montevideo, will close down...
broeckmann at leuphana.de
Mon Apr 16 02:58:22 CEST 2012
Netherlands Media Art Institute closes end of 2012
Amsterdam, 3 April, 2012. The Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk)
is ceasing its activities as at 31 December 2012. The organisation in
its present form will be terminated as a result of the announcement
by the Ministry of Culture that the Institute will receive no further
financial support after 2012. NIMk will of course try and preserve
the knowledge and experience that it has built up over the past 35
years. With this in mind and in consultation with other
organisations, NIMk is developing a number of plans in order to
transfer its knowledge, mandate and networks, and thus secure these
for the future.
One of the priorities is ensuring the continuation of collecting,
conservation and distribution of art and technology with which NIMk
attained its unique position here in the Netherlands and abroad.
These activities and the unique knowledge and expertise that have
been accumulated at NIMk over the past years, will be handed over to
the new foundation 'Formerly known as MonteVideo' (VH MV, working
title). The internationally acclaimed research projects in the field
of conservation will also be transferred to this new foundation as at
The ambitions of this knowledge centre are big. VH MV wants to
innovatively draw the widest possible attention to issues of
sustainability and conservation in the field of e-culture, with art
as its central focus. This new 'Sustainability Lab', a
multidisciplinary, open service centre and laboratory for the
conservation of art and technology, will become a meeting place for
today's (aspiring) professionals in the field, who wish to work and
reflect together from artistic, scientific, technical, theoretical
and/or practical perspectives.
SMART Project Space in Amsterdam has developed plans for a new
institute under the name of NASA: New Art Space Amsterdam. This new
organisation will be entrusted with the experience that NIMk has
built up in the fields of presentation and education. NASA is the
presentation space of the future. Experience contemporary art and
culture in a continuous programming in visual arts, music, live art
and film, combined with symposiums, discussions, exhibitions,
workshops and events. Along with the online Creative Learning
Programme which runs parallel to all these components.
NASA focusses on the production of exhibitions, and of individual
works on the basis of public-private cooperation, within interrelated
and challenging programming. NASA offers educational projects in
collaboration with Rietveld Academy and Sandberg Institute. NASA is
home to a broad coalition of institutes, initiatives, festivals and
conferences; a cross-disciplinary programme for a wide audience.
Under the name THX plans have been developed in consultation with
STEIM towards a completely new centre for image, audio and digital
culture in The Hague. THX aspires to be a platform for the creative
industry: network, theatre, presentation and project space,
laboratory (living labs), concert venue and online hub. THX strives
to closely cooperate with V2_ Institute for Instable Media in
In addition to this focus on the public and participation, THX is a
knowledge centre, production house and educational institution for
higher and academic education in the fields of art, technology and
life sciences. Nearer the end of 2012 THX will start off as a project
organisation, with irregular, nomadic projects. The ambition for the
long term is to house THX on the Lange Voorhout, in the building by
Breuer that is now the American Embassy.
There are plans to vacate NIMk's present premises on the
Keizersgracht in Amsterdam in the course of this year. We will keep
you informed of all further developments and programming through our
website and news letter.
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