Dutch participation in the
XXII Triennale di Milano

Your phone’s flashlight can help you navigate the titles of the works in the space.

The Netherlands is one of the most illuminated countries on the globe. Its productive landscape — dependent on data, technology and energy — illustrates a 24 hour economy that emphasises efficiency and growth. At the same time, this territory reflects the changing relationship with the natural rhythms connected to, and affected by, the cycles of light and darkness. In a world that is always switched on, the traditional dichotomy between day and night seems no longer relevant in terms of productivity, while the experience of clear, starry skies has become a rarity.

I See That I See What You Don’t See speculates on design as a destructive as well as restorative endeavour. As borders between nature, ecology, technology and culture increasingly fade, the project argues that today’s environment is the result of persistent acts of design.

For the XXII Triennale di Milano, the project deploys the panorama as a spatial model. Originally designed to create the illusion of a panoptic vision of the world, the panorama here articulates a fragmented, non-binary, and incomplete representation of a contemporary landscape. This viewing mechanism acts as a carrier of research as well as a layered horizon encapsulating historical and current modes of seeing. Dioramas, projections, or smooth screens reveal research, films, performances, sound and scent-scapes designed by the different contributors. These are openings to what we don’t generally get, or choose, to see. Together they evidence how current modes of understanding the environment and the multispecies relationship with darkness are designed, and how they could therefore be redesigned.


Guus Beumer (Artistic and General Director, Het Nieuwe Instituut)

Angela Rui (Design Curator and Researcher)
Marina Otero Verzier (Director of Research, Het Nieuwe Instituut)
Francien van Westrenen (Head of Agency, Het Nieuwe Instituut)


1. A Wildlife
Leanne Wijnsma
With scents developed by International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF)

2. Los Angeles Blackout
Pascal van Hulst
Research by Oscar Peña

3. Darkness, as a First Act of Creation
Ramon Amaro
Performances by Ramon Amaro, AmazonPrimeQueen (Victoria McKenzie), DeForrest Brown Jr., Jon Davies (Kepla), Jorge Lucero Diaz, Conrad Moriarty-Cole.
Audio contributions by Antonio Lara. Video directed and edited by Carlos Lopes

4. You Will Not Be
Design Academy Eindhoven, Social Design, Master — 1st year
Seminar lead by Angela Rui with Anastasia Kubrak. Students: Alice Bardou, Charly Blödel, Bianca Carague, Roberta Di Cosmo, Coline Declef, Charlelie Flamant, Giulio Fuzzi, Jan-Micha Gamer, Anna Klara Iversen, Anna Jakob, Liana Kuyumcuyan, Coltrane Mcdowell, Matilde Patuelli, Victoria Plasteig, Marta Rioz Piza, Elsa Rambaut, Sam Shamsher, Alina Natalia Słup, Adi Ticho

5. The Unsleep
Danilo Correale
Project coordination: Aman Negi (Mumbai), Miguel Lorenzo Uy (Manila). Photo, text and graphic editing: Maurizio Esposito, Vasco Forconi, Luisa Lorenza Corna. Installation design: GISTO, Alessandro Mason
With the participation of: Workers of BPO Mumbai Ravi, Dawson, Sunil, Tauseef Inamdar, Nadeem Shaikh, Rahul, Ritesh. Workers of BPO Bangalore Antony Joel, Shakthi Gowda, Deepak, Sid, Omar, Richard, Nidhi, Ana. Members of Workers’ Unions: BIEN of Manila Emadee; membri AUX, Jen Makulay, JC Saluya, Itchie Reyes, May Pineda, Jen Amoyan, Inchan Esturco, Ef Azuero, Anna, Elle, Arci, May, workers of BE GLAD, UEA. Intellassist employees: Jerome, Luis, Monique, Dennis and W.F. Rosario, Jec & Sarah and their family. Gwen Bautista (and many others who desired to stay anonymous). Acknowledgements: Aditya Srinivas Mopidevi, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Members of Clark House Initiative, Saviya Lopes, Sumesh Sharma, Yogesh Barve, Akhil Negi, Sanjay Londhe, Tara Kelton, Glenn Diaz, Gary Ross Pastrana, Heman Chong

6. WifiTapestry
Richard Vijgen, 2017

7. White Spots (
Bregtje van der Haak,
Jacqueline Hassink,
Richard Vijgen, 2015 – 2019
Produced by: VPRO,
Studio Richard Vijgen

8. Overview Effect
Academy of Urban Astronauts

9. Cosmism
Melvin Moti, 2015

10. Compression Cradle
Lucy McRae
Fabrication by Machine Histories

11. Automated Landscapes
Presentation in Milan: Department of Research Het Nieuwe Instituut,
Marten Kuijpers, Ludo Groen

12. The Enigma of Vast Multiplicity
Aldo van Eyck
Exhibition at the XIV Triennale di Milano, 1968. Foundation Aldo and Hannie van Eyck, Loenen. Heritage Department, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Suzanne Mulder

Art Direction
Maureen Mooren

Olivier Goethals, exhibition design
Rudy Guedj, graphic design and visuals

Exhibition website (
Rudy Guedj
Robert Milne

Raddraaier Amsterdam

Lapidar, Dinamo

Research Assistance
Ania Molenda

Christiane Bosman
Eveline Mulckhuyse

International Public Relations
Kathrin Luz
Erica Prous

Project Managers
Mark van der Veen
Ellen Zoete

Bouwko Landstra
Rob Gijsbers
and their team

Copy Editing
Jack Eden
Gert Staal

Ben Bazalgette
Rogier Goetze
Serena Pecoraro
Jane Szita

This project is made possible by the generous support of the Netherlands’ Ministry of Education, Culture and Science