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Vertical Atlas is a research project in five chapters, aimed at the creation of a new atlas to navigate the complex techno-geographies of the world today. The fourth edition: Futures.gcc, focusses on the Arab states of the Persian Gulf. These position themselves as competing digital, corporate service platforms and each brand themselves with their own futuristic architecture, megacities, investment opportunities and visions of artificial futures.

20:00 – 22:00
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite

The museum is free of charge from 17:00 to 21:00 


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standard€ 7,50
Studentens, CJP, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75

Vertical Atlas

Vertical Atlas is a series of five events that attempt to develop a techno-political cartography, departing from the conceptual model laid out by Benjamin Bratton in The Stack. This series aims at investigating specific geozones where the entanglement of different sovereignties surface and different stacks clash. Each event consists of a public program in Het Nieuwe Instituut and a research lab for invited guests.Vertical Atlas: is developed and produced by Hivos Digital Earth and Het Nieuwe Instituut.

This project is initiated by Benjamin Bratton, Leonardo Dellanoce, Arthur Steiner and Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, and is developed and produced by Het Nieuwe Instituut, Hivos Digital Earth and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Thursday Bite

Before the Thursday Night you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:00 Het Nieuwe Café will a light vegetarian meal. Dinner vouchers are available for € 7.70 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets link.

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Become a Member of Het Nieuwe Instituut and you’ll support our mission to navigate the vast and evolving field of design. You’ll also be inspired by our special program of Members’ events, meeting up with other like-minded people as we invite you to reflect with us on design’s changing role in technology, economics, culture and society.

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.