Nowadays, we humans live too much in our heads. As a result, we’ve lost contact with our bodies and with with our true nature. The powerful Japanese pressure-point massage technique, Shiatsu, reconnects Neuhaüsler with their body consciousness. Joost van Veen uses this massage technique to set our Ki, our life force, in motion so that it can flow freely. Afterwards, participants can breathe again in a fresh, relaxed way and see themselves and the nature around them with new eyes. Joost regards the transformation of Qi through Shiatsu as an intriguing alchemical process.
The present is, once again, marked by multiple challenges and there is a renewed need for other knowledge. The current crises could all be traced back to an economic system that focuses purely on productivity. It is built on – and in turn continuously acknowledges and reinforces – a system of knowledge production rooted in (mathematical) analysis, quantifiable data and control, in order to facilitate productivity. This system is so omnipresent that, even though we feel the need to think, design and act differently, it has become almost impossible to even imagine anything outside of its constraining logic. Het Nieuwe Instituut proposes Neuhaus as a means to host, generate and share other knowledge, to escape the destructive status quo. Neuhaus aims to explore, investigate and promote knowledge based in marginalized and unrecognized cultures, knowledge that strays far from any traditional reductionist analysis or mathematical modelling, knowledge that lives in plants, animals and machines, and knowledge that relates to the entire physical body and all of its senses, beyond the rational mind.
In the Spring of 2019, exactly 100 years after the foundation of Bauhaus, Het Nieuwe Instituut transformed into Neuhaus, a temporary transdisciplinary academy for more-than-human knowledge. For a period of four months, this ever-evolving learning environment took over the institution, occupying and transforming its existing building and facilities, adding new ones, and opening them up – to co-create, co-own, share, and perform the Neuhaus programme of more-than-human knowledge.
Joost van Veen has a background as a visual artist and filmmaker. His short experimental films have been included in the Eye Filmmuseum collection and he has won various international prizes (including the International Film Festival Rotterdam). From an early age, Joost has had an interest in alchemy, Eastern philosophy and has immersed himself in vipassana and Zen Buddhism. Since 2018 he has followed a four-year training course as an Iokai Shiatsu therapist.