Vertical Atlas is a research project aimed at the creation of 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 that took place over 2018 and 2019. Currently Vertical Atlas is working towards the development and realisation of a combined physical and digital publication.
Vertical Atlas adopts a multifocal as well as multivocal approach, meaning that not one standardized perspective is informing the depictions of the world. Rather, the project adopts different perspectives and techniques in order to acknowledge realities from different cultural, biological, political and machinic experiences. Vertical Atlas develops, brings together and publishes knowledge from artistic, academic, architectural and technological practices from the whole world.
Mappings in Vertical Atlas together deploy a wide set of coordinates representing spatial, temporal, qualitative, aesthetic, political, material and technological dimensions of the issues at stake. All mapping contributions are led by people who have direct, lived experience with situated techno-political architectures.
Vertical Atlas was initiated by Benjamin Bratton, Leonardo Dellanoce, Arthur Steiner and Klaas Kuitenbrouwer. The Vertical Atlas Publication and Research Labs is developed and produced by Digital Earth and Het Nieuwe Instituut.