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In The Architecture of Staged Realities the focus is on the influence of Walt Disney on today’s built society and sense of identity. While he is praised for his technological innovations and the simplicity and familarity of his storytelling, there is another side to Disney and his empire. The ingenuity with which he seamlessly entwines fairy tales and reality is accompanied by a compelling but one-sided conception of what the resulting wonderful worlds – and their inhabitants – should look like. Discover in this exhibition how Disney’s ideas continue to influence everyday life. 

“As a designer I create space where we can discuss and reflect. I question, visualise, speculate, dream, reflect, connect, build and offer alternatives.”

As a researcher, designer and musician, Erik is mainly interested in understanding and deconstructing the systems of society on a political, ecological, social or technological level. He focuses on speculative design, in which he combines research and fiction.

14:00 – 15:00
English, Dutch

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, gather at the reception at 1.55pm, and please mention that you want to join the stroll. Up to 15 guests can join this Sunday Stroll.

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.