2012 and beyond
Driven by organisations such as Doors of Perception, V2, Steim, NIM/Montevideo, Waag Society, Submarine, Mediamatic and De Balie, likeminded artists, researchers and theorists who share an interest in new media and technology have been able to connect and collaborate with each other. These institutions realised early on that new media and digitisation would have a major impact, and they were committed to further developing social, public and artistic strategies for innovation. The organisations, international figureheads and key cultural institutions in the current Dutch cultural landscape, have grown in size and become significantly more professional in recent years.
The Virtual Platform is set to merge with the Netherlands Architecture Institute and the Premsela Foundation (for Design) in 2013 into a sector institute for the creative industry. A Creative Industry Top Team of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation will likely play a decisive role in developing e-culture, not least by strengthening ties between the e-culture sector and the business community.
On 1 January 2013, the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi); Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion; and Virtueel Platform (the offical industry institute for electronic culture) merged to form the New Institute. Guus Beumer serves as the organisation's director.