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Charging our human batteries is a prominent theme in the new exhibition LithiumConceived as a spa resort (revitalising lithium spas were all the rage in the 19th century), it highlights the benevolent and destructive aspects of the eternal human search for energy, with researchers, designers and artists reflecting on the role of the element lithium in powering today's economy. How many times can we recharge our batteries without addressing the causes of depletion, in both human bodies and the planet?

Erik is the newest member of the detour team. As a designer, researcher and musician, he is mainly interested in understanding and deconstructing the systems of society on a political, ecological, social or technological level. As an artist, he focuses on speculative design, combining research and fiction.

As a designer I create space where we can discuss and reflect. I question, visualise, speculate, dream, reflect, connect, build and offer alternatives.
14:00 – 15:00
Dutch, English

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


While the Sunday Stroll is free, participants need an entrance ticket for Het Nieuwe Instituut. To join the stroll, make a reservation for Het Nieuwe Instituut at 2pm, and please mention that you want to join the stroll upon arrival. Please note: only four guests can join this Sunday Stroll. 

Please read through the applicable measures against the coronavirus before your visit.

Maureen Mooren & Rudy Guedj
Rudy Guedj
Jan Bijster
Tony Santos
Concrete Blossom
Eric Roelen & Rudy Guedj

In compiling the education programme, we draw on the rich range of knowledge and information arising from the various research programmes, exhibition projects and related activities of the institute.