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Het Nieuwe Instituut and Hivos present Vertical Atlas

October 27–November 27, 2022

Book launch and exhibition opening: October 27, 8–10pm, with lectures by Nanjala Nyabola and Benjamin H. Bratton and performance by artist Francois Knoetze
Hivos and Het Nieuwe Instituut are pleased to announce the book launch and exhibition opening of Vertical Atlas on October 27, 2022, 8–10pm CET at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam with lectures by Nanjala Nyabola and Benjamin H. Bratton and a performance by artist Francois Knoetze

Join us at Het Nieuwe Instituut in person or online. Livestream available:

This event also marks the opening of the Vertical Atlas exhibition in Gallery 3 with work by Kévin BrayGeocinema, Isaac Kariuki, Francois Knoetze, Emo De Medeiros, Andrej Škufca, Suzanne Treister and Qiu Zhijie.

This publication is the result of a four-year collaboration between Hivos and Het Nieuwe Instituut. It is published by ArtEZ Press and edited by Leonardo Dellanoce, Amal Khalaf, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Nanjala Nyabola, Renée Roukens, Arthur Steiner and Mi You.

How does one handle today’s world’s quickly evolving digital geopolitics? How can the numerous social, political, cultural, and environmental effects of digital transformations in various parts of the world be understood? A broad mix of internationally recognized artists, scientists, and engineers from various backgrounds and locations are brought together in Vertical Atlas to share their thoughts. A wide range of topics are covered, including an investigation into the lithium mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, maps of the fiber-optic submarine cables in the Atlantic, algorithmic justice, cultural attitudes toward AI, the corporate vision of autonomous vehicles, Chinese ride-hailing platforms, and much more.

The Vertical Atlas is not a regular atlas that presents the world uniformly, nor is it a straightforward collection of conventional maps. With the help of newly commissioned diagrams, interviews, essays, and artistic creations by eminent specialists from around the world, it is a set of tools that enable comparisons, the seeing of linkages and conflicts between various and distinct viewpoints, realities, and universes.

Contributors: Sophia Al Maria, 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

Edited by Leonardo Dellanoce, Amal Khalaf, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Nanjala Nyabola, Renée Roukens, Arthur Steiner and Mi You. Published by ArtEZ Press, 2022. Design by Catalogtree. English language. 400 color pages. Hardcopy. ISBN: 9789491444692

The book can be purchased via ArtEZ Press and is freely available online via from October 27. For more information on the outcomes of the research labs, visit and

Supported by Sida, Creative Industries Fund NL, New Silk Roads

Vertical Atlas is the result of a four-year collaboration between Het Nieuwe Instituut and Hivos’ Digital Earth research fellowship which is part of the Resource of Open Minds (R.O.O.M.) program. Vertical Atlas was initiated in 2018 by Benjamin H. Bratton, Leonardo Dellanoce, Arthur Steiner and Klaas Kuitenbrouwer.

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