Subjective Atlases are bottom-up cartographic publications mapping a country, region or city by the inhabitants themselves. Subjective Editions is the publishing platform that develops participative production processes and distributes these engaged publications.

We support communities in mapping their environments from the inside out, starting from a place-based understanding, and grounded in lived experiences.

Atlas of Places

Atlas of Places is a public educational collection of AcademiaArchitectureCartographyCinemaEssaysPaintingPhotography and Research. Its objective is to question the meaning of places. It is curated according to continuously evolving philosophical, social and cultural beliefs. This is merely an occasional collection. Some works date from 1230, some from the recent past, some from the present. They have this characteristic in common that they are outlooks, in the truest sense of the word. In them will be found little more than the intention of clarifying a few ideas that might really be called political if that fine word, so attractive and exciting to the mind, did not arouse today so many great scruples and great repugnance.

The Input Party is a research project on the role of personal referential image archives in the process of artists.
The Input Party uses images to relate to the artist’s reference, association and visual expression and by sharing these archives with each other we learn in what way these images can be of value to the the artistic practice and to others.

The Input Party organises meet-ups between artists, workshops, studio visits and collaborates with archival institutions to investigate the role of images in artistic research.


Open Archief is a multifaceted, collaborative research project that explores the beauty and innovation that can be inspired by making archival material accessible to artists for creative reuse. Brought forward by three Dutch heritage institutions: Het Nieuwe Instituut, The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, and the International Institute of Social History. Open Archief urges and supports media artists to make use of digitized and open archival collections. Through an artistic residency program, an exposition, and several workshops throughout the year, Open Archief brings media artists and heritage institutions together to discuss the importance of creative reuse of heritage and of making digital collections available.

The practice of Karin Bartels is process and research oriented. It arises by operating in daily life. Central to the development of the work are the results coming from subjective micro research (e.g. in public space). Karin archives all the bits and pieces that speak to her from the world around her, both online and offline. She observes, creates small interventions, makes and collects maps, clippings, sketches, drawings, photos, screenshots and writes notes of her chance encounters. The fragments of this arbitrary and expanding archive then become building blocks for her (interactive) Atlases.


The comprehensive archive of performance and media artist VALIE EXPORT forms the basis for this unique international research center with the mission to establish a scientific reappraisal of the artist’s archive. The relevant target audience are national and international researchers from various disciplines. In addition, it shall provide a platform for contemporary trends in performance and in media art and studies, and is to examine the concept of art, the boundaries of which have increasingly dissolved since modernism, including its fluid art forms.

VALIE EXPORT Archive Matters. To Read and To Show Documents
Valie Export Archive Matters provides a first insight into the holdings of the artist’s premature legacy. It seeks to contextualize archival material with the works of art. Moreover, it documents the archive’s presentations in the exhibitions in Linz, Berlin and Montréal between 2017 and 2021, showing not only the rich archival material but also experimental forms of display in relation to the format of the archive.

Artists’ Legacies in the Museum is a project engaging museum curatorial teams with the archives of Vanley Burke, Donald Rodney and Maud Sulter, to help recalibrate how institutions collect, share and preserve contemporary art and cultural heritage for future generations.

THE SERVING LIBRARY is a cooperatively-built archive that assembles itself by publishing. The enterprise is rooted in a journal published biannually as Dot Dot Dot from 2000–10, Bulletins of The Serving Library from 2011–17, and now annually as The Serving Library Annual. It is released simultaneously online and in print.

Nabuurs&VanDoorn are Dutch artists and artistic researchers based in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Investigations take them to untouched archives, forgotten characters, and locations haunted with forlorn memories. Their laborious projects are intended to function as a fractured mirror reflecting humanity – or lack thereof. They use their toilsome body of research to compose installations, videos, imagery, writings, and performance. Their work has been featured in numerous exhibitions internationally.

Objectief Nederland is een fotografie-project dat is bedacht en oorspronkelijk uitgevoerd door Reinjan Mulder in 1974. Door een gekanteld grid over de kaart van Nederland te leggen, bepaalde hij min of meer ‘ad random’ 52 punten. Hier nam hij telkens vier foto’s –in alle windrichtingen één–, dit resulteerde in 208 beelden die het ‘objectieve’ Nederlandse landschap van 1974 laten zien. In 2017 werd het project herhaald en vertaald door Cleo Wächter, die in de voetsporen van Reinjan Mulder trad. Het resultaat is een dwarsdoorsnede van Nederland en een vergelijking tussen vier decennia.

Public Library Of

Public Library Of is an art and research project of visual artist Eva Olthof which is examining how to make the public library a (more) democratic place by collectively rethinking its current state through means of art, publishing, history and philosophy

The Warburg Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for studying the interaction of ideas, images and society. It is dedicated to the survival and transmission of culture across time and space, with a special emphasis on the afterlife of antiquity. Its open-stack Library, Photographic Collection and Archive serve as an engine for interdisciplinary research, postgraduate teaching and a prestigious events and publication programme.

The Public Domain Review is dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas – focusing on works now fallen into the public domain, the vast commons of out-of-copyright material that everyone is free to enjoy, share, and build upon without restrictions.

The Phaistos Project — Forty-five Symbols 

The Phaistos Disc, which was discovered in 1908 and is thought to date to around 1700 BC, is a circular piece of fired clay stamped with forty-five distinct symbols. This code is still unresolved. It inspires the participants of The Phaistos Project — Forty-five Symbols to translate current concerns — political, economic, ecological, cultural, or social challenges — into collections of forty-five unique symbols. Design methodologies are used as a mode of inquiry to develop ethnographic visual narratives that are subjective, stimulating, and capture visual traces of the anthropocene.

Vestzakmuseum Teylers Museum

In dit handstuk bevindt zich een groot aantal fossielen uit het Boven krijt van Zuid Limburg: koralen, sponzen, zeeegels, mosdiertjes, dentalien en brachiopoden. In de jaren negentig van de vorige eeuw ontdekt drs. John Jagt van het Geologisch Bureau te Heerlen dat het om een vervalsing gaat. Uit nader onderzoek blijkt dat de lijm waarmee de fossielen zijn gehecht aan het stuk vuursteen beenderlijm is. Er is een inventarisatie gemaakt van alle afzonderlijke fossielen.

The Pocket Museum of Displacements

This performance project is centred on a portable museum/exhibition consisting of small fragments gathered in special circumstances and exhibited in other special circumstances.

Topje van de Mont Blanc

Het topje van de Mont Blanc is een museumstuk dat te bezichtigen is in Teylers Museum. Anno 2012 is het onderdeel van de collectie in de Ovale Zaal. Het stuk steen is door de Zwitserse geoloog en natuurwetenschapper Horace-Bénédict de Saussure meegenomen na zijn eerste beklimming van de hoogste berg van Europa, de Mont Blanc, op 3 augustus 1787. Het zou gaan om het hoogste ijsvrije stukje steen op de berg.[1]

Vibeke Mascini The Reunion

The two “summits” that have been expropriated from Mont Blanc – during the first ascend in 1786 and the second in 1787 – meet once again, after being kept in different European museum collections for centuries, both far away from the mountain itself.

Museum voor Onbedoelde Kunst

In een gehaaste samenleving hoopt het museum voor onbedoelde kunst mensen te inspireren en aan te moedigen om stil te staan bij de artisticiteit en schoonheid van de publieke omgeving. Het toekennen van betekenis is een lastige kwestie. Wie bepaalt wat wel en wat geen kunst is? Een museum is een sterke autoriteit, een poortwachter. Verschillende moderne kunstenaars hebben gespeeld met de kracht van het museum als instituut. Het MOK wil nog een stap verder gaan en laten zien dat bezoekers zélf waarde kunnen toekennen aan de objecten en omgeving om hen heen.

Kanthy Peng – Girl with a Yellow Hat

“Interested in exploring colonial modernity reflected in western gardens, I began photographing museum gardens and making black-and-white screen prints – a mass culture medium confronting classical aesthetics. Then, I reprinted a series of auction labels I had archived in the United States on various office sticker materials and collaged them spontaneously over the prints. These labels, which get removed from their value-adding functions, are now reduced to disruptors of visual experience.”

After Baldus

Dit project is geïnspireerd op het album Le Chemin de Fer du Nord dat Baron de Rothschild in augustus 1855 aan koningin Victoria gaf bij haar aankomst in Parijs. Victoria reisde over de nieuwe spoorverbinding tussen Boulogne-sur-Mer en de Franse hoofdstad. Edouard Baldus fotografeerde – een andere technische noviteit – wat Victoria vanuit de trein (net) niet kon zien: viaducten waar ze over heenreed, stations, en cultureel erfgoed in de nabijheid van de spoorlijn. Dit album wordt gerekend tot de hoogtepunten van de fotografiegeschiedenis.

Federico Ciamei – Travel Without Moving

This Book contains true stories of travels and exploration of the world. Take it and have someone read it to you and you will hear and see all kind of wonderful things and places, from the enchanted basin in Costa Rica cloud forest to the depths of the underwater fields of the Red Sea. Everything as seen by the eyes of the narrator of this Book so that you may put full faith in the truth of all its contents.

Miek Zwamborn is an author, translator and artist. Her practice often delves into archival collections, drawing on the suggestive possibility of historical materials, letters, texts, objects and artefacts in order to create semi-factual narratives. Through installations, performances, books and photography, Zwamborn imbues her source material with a rigorous sense of subjective and the speculative. In this way, her work not only traces the lives of her subjects but her own experiences as a researcher and writer. Each work claims its own place within the story, becoming an indispensable branch of the greater rhizome.

Bruno V. Roels is known for his exploration of the possibilities of the analogue photographic process. Through darkroom experiments and by playing with the reproducible qualities of the medium, Roels creates unique works that often consist of multiple variations on the same negative. Iconographically, Roels often remains faithful to the same subject: the palm tree and its history as a visual icon.
To a Western audience, the palm tree immediately sparks associations with holiday, adventure and wealth. Behind the façade of his beautiful palm tree compositions hides a commentary on how we look at our (colonial) past, but this, however, always in a playful way.

Field Studies: Walking through Landscapes and Archives by Chrystel Lebas brings together photographs, texts and archival materials gathered since 2011. Lebas has been working in collaboration with The Natural History Museum in London, using an unexplored collection of landscape Glass plate photographs and field notes taken by British botanist and ecologist Sir Edward James Salisbury (1886-1978) in the British Isles. ‘Over 100 years later, Chrystel Lebas adopts this same state of travel, transported by Salisbury’s historic
photographs. Her subject is—just like Salisbury’s was—the study of landscape environments and their inhabitant plants. Through photography and film Lebas traces the continual encounters between the forces of the wind and the sea with humans, animals, and plants.’ Bergit Arends

The Infinite Library is an ongoing project by Daniel Gustav Cramer and Haris Epaminonda.
It is primarily an expanding archive of books, each created out of pages of one or more found books and bound anew. The online catalogue serves as an index. is an online iteration of José Louis Borges’ “The Library of Babel”, created by Jonathan Basile. It’s a place for scholars to do research, for artists and writers to seek inspiration, for anyone with curiosity or a sense of humor to reflect on the weirdness of existence. If completed, it would contain every possible combination of 1,312,000 characters, including lower case letters, space, comma, and period. Thus, it would contain every book that ever has been written, and every book that ever could be – including every play, every song, every scientific paper, every legal decision, every constitution, every piece of scripture, and so on. At present it contains all possible pages of 3200 characters, about 104677 books.

Smithsonian Open Access is a unique opportunity to bring Smithsonian collections to people in new ways, to engage with the public, and provide important context for challenging 21st-century issues. Anyone can explore and reuse millions of digital items from the Smithsonian’s collections (2.8 million at February 2020 launch). Smithsonian has released these images and data into the public domain as Creative Commons Zero (CC0), meaning you can use, transform, and share their open access assets without asking permission from the Smithsonian.

Imagining the Future of Digital Archives and Collections

This issue of Stedelijk Studies investigates how we imagine ongoing digital transformations, and how this affects museological, artistic, and academic practices.

How do collective visions of the future of archives and collections transform current knowledge production and exchange among museum workers, archivists, academics, technicians, artists, and other creative practitioners? And how do dominant scientific and technological developments in the digitization of memory institutions such as libraries, museums, and archives interact with other dimensions of social life?

The Museum of Walking (MoW) is an artist led educational resource center committed to the advancement of walking as an art practice.The Museum of Walking (MoW) is an educational resource committed to people, land, action, and site through the everyday act of walking.

Witte Raaf #149 Het (foto)archief

Tussen de even prikkelende als angstaanjagende onoverzichtelijkheid van het archief en de mythische belofte van de vrijheid van het internet in, presenteert dit nummer een aantal archieven. Zeer uiteenlopende archiefpraktijken komen aan bod. Digitale sites rond dans en beeldende kunst staan tegenover papieren archieven. Archiefpraktijken van grote instituten worden met idiosyncratische persoonlijke archieven geconfronteerd of met individuele kunstenaarsarchieven.

City Circles

City Circles is a multidisciplinary design-driven research tool which provides a cross-section of urban spaces –a circle with a diameter of one kilometer. The project aims to unlock, disclose and inspire fresh perspectives and ways of looking at cities. A group of explorers – designers and researchers – delves into a number of topics, allowing for the complexity of an urban area to take centre stage. A City Circle project will give a comprehensive overview, a cross-section, of an urban setting. The findings, in all its forms, are shared and presented at the centre of the circle during an event with a focus on the visual, tangible and experiential reflection of the data uncovered. Each City Circles project is also added to the City Circles online archive, making it possible to compare different circles.

Moon Gallery

Moon Gallery is an international collaborative artwork and a gallery of ideas worth sending to the Moon. Moon Gallery aims to set up the first permanent museum on the Moon. Moon Gallery will launch 100 artefacts to the Moon within the compact format of 10 x 10 x 1cm plate on a lunar lander exterior panelling as early as 2025. In this Petri-dish-like gallery, we are developing a culture for future interplanetary society. What are the ideas we want to promote into the future? What are the ideas we want to leave behind?

Rhizome Artbase

The Rhizome ArtBase archive was established in 1999T. The ArtBase is an archive with over 2,200 artworks to date, primarily hosting works of net art, but also including works that employ media such as software, code, websites, moving images, games, and browsers. Rhizome’s commitment to the preservation of works in the ArtBase has grown alongside the archive’s expansion in size, scope, and complexity over the years.