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2019
05
Dec
20:00 – 22:00
 

The most competitive domain in global technology is the development of AI. Many believe that it holds the key to economic, political and technological dominance for the parties managing to wield its power. China stands at the forefront of these developments, in direct competition with various states and tech companies, and is developing a specific Chinese branch of manmade intelligence (a literal translation of the Mandarin phrase for AI) based on the unique techno-political circumstances in the Chinese geo zone.

Past events

2019
17
Oct
20:00 – 22:00
 

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.

 

2019
12
Apr
10:00
Amsterdam

A lab devoted to collective research and the creation of a map of the current African geo-zone, part of the Networks.africa programme.

2019
11
Apr
19:30 – 21:00
 

Lately the African continent has been the backdrop for a fierce competition between Chinese and American cloud platforms and hardware giants in pursuit of the most rapidly growing global user-base. While African states are reacting in different ways to the shift in power from the state to the cloud, a composite African technological future is growing. From Yabacon Valley to the Silicon Savannah, a wide variety of Afrotech cultures are forming, rooted in the old knowledge networks and pre-colonial algorithmic thinking.

2018
02
Dec

This afternoon program was the second iteration of the Vertical Atlas series and focused on Russia and its techno-cultural traditions. With contributions by Benjamin Bratton, Benjamin Peters, Ksenia Fedorova, Ksenia Tatarchenko, Metahaven and Anton Vidokle.

2018
29
Nov
19:30 – 21:00
 

The second Vertical Atlas event focused on the Russian digital cosmos. How does a country with a tradition of central planning cope with the decentral internet and powerful foreign cloud-platforms? With Svitlana Matvyienko and Ksenia Tatarchenko.

 

2018
21
Sep
09:30 – 18:00
Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam

Island.eu lab, part of the Vertical Atlas series, is devoted to collective research and the creation of a map of the current European geozone, within which different techno-political sovereignties clash.

2018
20
Sep
19:30 – 21:30
 

Vertical Atlas: Island.eu explores ways of mapping new techno-political geographies, based on the tension between Europe's data protection against the borderless reality of cyberspace and the simultaneous datafication of the Mediterranean sea as an extended border of European sovereignty.

Kévin Bray
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Hivos, Stedelijk Museum
Benjamin Bratton, Arthur Steiner, Leonardo Dellanoce, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer