Following the launch of the book and online publication Vertical Atlas, the result of a multi-year research programme by Het Nieuwe Instituut and Hivos, material from the book will be exhibited in Het Nieuwe Instituut.

The Vertical Atlas project aims to create a new atlas to help navigate the complex techno-politics of the world today. The first stage of Vertical Atlas was developed through a series of five public talks and research labs (2018-2019). The atlas has been produced by a group of more than 50 international designers, architects and academics from different disciplines, from more than 20 countries spanning all continents. 

Vertical Atlas questions the globalized 'mono-technological' sphere often promoted by Big Tech as being our shared reality and singular future. Cities as well as states are becoming increasingly non-local digital platforms, while could platforms have assumed roles that traditionally belong to governments. Vertical Atlas opens with maps relating to the scale of the individual human body and then zooms out to the scale of local platforms, cities, the nation-state and its non-local borders, cloud platforms, infrastructures, earth observation and mining, to cosmological frames. The publication contains both visual and textual maps, featuring new and original art works, photo series and contributions from leading artists. Some are detailed charts, others are larger, speculative drawings in diverse media and aesthetics. These are combined with journalistic texts, poetic essays, historical studies and more academic articles.

Vertical Atlas was initiated by Benjamin Bratton, Leonardo Dellanoce, Arthur Steiner and Klaas Kuitenbrouwer. The Vertical Atlas project is developed and produced by Digital Earth and Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Editors Leonardo Dellanoce, Amal Khalaf, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Nanjala Nyabola, Renée Roukens, Arthur Steiner, Mi You
Editorial Assistant Hannah Adlide
Contributors Sophia Al Mari, Heba Y . Amin, Lotte Arndt, Benjamin H . Bratton, Kévin Bray, James Bridle, Ingrid Burrington, Adriana Bustos, Ben Cerveny, Guo Cheng, Chimurenga, Cristina Cochior, Sounak Das, Data Justice Lab (Philippa Metcalfe, Fieke Jansen), Pablo DeSoto, Alexis Destoop, Marjolijn Dijkman, DISNOVATION.ORG, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Cao Fei, Shuang Lu Frost, Maya Indira Ganesh, Pélagie Gbaguidi, GCC Group, Geocinema (Asia Bazdyrieva, Solveig Qu Suess), John Gerrard, Oulimata Gueye, Camille Henrot, Femke Herregraven, Yuk Hui,Sanneke Huisman, Victoria Ivanova, Vladan Joler, Isaac Kariuki, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Francois Knoetze, Srinivas Kodali, Bogna Konior, Lukáš Likavčan, Abu Bakarr Mansaray, Svitlana Matviyenko, Emo de Medeiros, Metahaven, Dorine Mokha, Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Musasa,
Katja Novitskova, Nanjala Nyabola, Trevor Paglen, Alice Piva, Chen ‘Stanley’ Qiufan, Nii Quaynor, Elia Rediger, Tabita Rezaire, Lucas Rolim, Bassem Saad, Nanjira Sambuli, Georges Senga, Nzilani Simu, Andrej Škufca, Ksenia Tatarchenko, Suzanne Treister, Unknown Fields, Jordi Vallverdú, Richard Vijgen, Sarah Waiswa, Zhan Wang, Kedolwa Waziri, Mi You, Qiu Zhijie, Dan Zhu
Published by ArtEZ Press 


The Vertical Atlas publication is available from 27 October 2022, when the official book launch takes place at Het Nieuwe Instituut. From that date until 27 November 2022 the exhibition will be open to the public, featuring work from (amongst others) François Knoetze, Andrej Škufca, Qiu Zhijie.



Gallery 3

Het Nieuwe Instituut

Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam