The Niet Normaal Foundation was founded in 2007 with the aim of creating experiential, visual art, design & tech exhibitions on relevant themes for a wide audience. Founding director Ine Gevers organized I + the Other. Art and the Human Condition in 1994, and accompanying book Beyond Ethics and Aesthetics. I + the Other is known as the first politically engaged exhibition in the Netherlands and received international acclaim. The foundation then took the initiative to organize large-scale biennials such as: Niet Normal · Difference on Display, Amsterdam, 2010; Yes Naturally · How Art Saves the World The Hague, 2013; Hacking Habitat, Utrecht, 2016; Robot Love, Eindhoven, 2018; (Im)Possible Bodies, Den Bosch, 2020; Fake Me Hard, Rotterdam, 2021 and Come Alive, Utrecht, 2022. The Niet Normaal Foundation ceased to exist in December 2019 and was succeeded by Niet Normaal INT Foundation.
Niet Normaal INT was founded on November 28, 2018 to facilitate the travel of exhibitions and to offer new services and products. A Supervisory Board model was chosen with Ine Gevers as director. Between 2019 and 2022, the Institute for Inclusive Innovation was developed to offer the Niet Normaal knowledge to companies and governments in the form of Transformative Talks, Inclusive Thinking Sessions and Diversity Hackathons. Also cultural institutions can be inspired by the Institute for Inclusive Innovation, for example in the making of impact on the themes of diversity and inclusion.
Foundation Niet Normaal Plus was established on July 4, 2023. The articles of association describe how the foundation safeguards the heritage of Niet Normaal and wishes to continue its activities in the same spirit—diversity and inclusion in a computer-controlled society remain core values. Plus stands for collaboration with other research and presentation institutions in order to be able to realise its objectives in the future: generating experience and creating impact on urgent themes that concern us all. With Waag FutureLab we are developing WETOPIA / Swap Identity Now (2025).
In the Muntgebouw Utrecht, the Niet Normaal Institute for Inclusive Innovation foundation and Residenties Utrecht hold continuous consultation hours on Tuesday afternoons from 3 to 6 PM to maintain a bond with the neighbourhood. Elsewhere in the city, NNIII manifests itself with lectures and Q&As by Ine Gevers, coaching programs and activities on request. For a complete offer, see the website of Niet Normaal Institute for Inclusive Innovation.
11.09.2022 — Uitfeest Utrecht. Wolvenplein, Utrecht.
30.07.2022 — Come Alive: Happy Ending Closing Festival. Muntgebouw, Utrecht.
03.06.2022 — Come Alive: Opening Exhibition. Muntgebouw, Utrecht.
12.10.2021 — Public lecture and Q&A. Muntgebouw, Utrecht.