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From 1 to 7 December 2018 the exhibition and lecture series Screen Spaces, a geography of moving image was held in New York. The program explored video and time-based media, including net art, set-design, animation, video, reportage, music videos, television, CCTV, and social media channels, as sites of reality production and circulation. By examining the material, spatial and political dimensions of the space of the screen and the territories it mediates, Screen Spaces aims to unveil the identities, ideologies and imaginaries that inform video culture today.

Responding to the relationship between video and the construction of the public sphere, Screen Spaces presented ten site-specific installations in Lower Manhattan, and took place at Anthology Film Archives,, the Bamboo Garden, Baxter St. at The Camera Club of New York, the Emily Harvey Foundation, MATHEW NYC, Rhizome at ON CANAL, Seward Educational Campus, Spring Mart Bodega, and Whooden Collective. Free and open to the public, Screen Spaces transformed its sites into temporal, urban viewing, recording and broadcasting stations, and nodes in a scrolling geography across the city.

Public Program

To celebrate the opening of Screen Spaces, a public program at Anthology Film Archives on 1 December 2018 convened a group of cultural visionaries in the field of media, technology, design and video. Speakers discussed the ways in which the production of reality is mediated by the architecture of the screen. The conversation was documented and broadcasted by research and technology partner The public program was followed by a walking tour accross the exhibition sites. 


Screen Spaces was documented as a live-archiving channel on, who developed a digital research, documentation and sharing platform, that resulted in a publication. is a member-supported platform for connecting ideas and building knowledge globally.


For the Record

Screen Spaces is part of For the Record, a live-research and exhibition project on the politics of contemporary video culture, launched by Het Nieuwe Instituut in 2018. For the Record investigates how contemporary video culture operates as a public space for consumerism, activism and emancipation, by exposing existing realities and imagining alternatives. The project seeks to document and reflect upon the technologies, spatial design and forms of representation deployed in video culture and live events, and uses public programs and video production as the main research methodology.

The public program will take the form of live events inside a public recording studio, visualizing the forms of production and postproduction that are deployed in video and that shape our mediated realities. Research questions will be updated and reformulated by the team, the audience and collaborating partners as the project evolves. The project will manifest in an exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam in 2020.

Team and Partners

Screen Spaces is an initiative by Het Nieuwe Instituut and part of its international crossovers program, which encourages knowledge exchange across borders and disciplines. The project is a collaborative effort with a broad network of New York based partners including Anthology Film Archives,, the Bamboo Garden, Baxter St at The Camera Club of New York, DLJ Capital Partners, Emily Harvey Foundation with Agustin Schang, MATHEW NYC, Rhizome at ON CANAL, Seward Educational Campus, Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation, Spring Mart Bodega, and Whooden Collective. Screen Spaces is supported by the Consulate General of The Netherlands in New York. Read more about the team here.
Marina Otero Verzier, Director of Research, Katía Truijen, Senior Researcher and Delany Boutkan, Researcher
Koos Breen and Jeannette Slütter
Koos Breen
Tanja Busking
Shay Kreuger