XXII Triennale di Milano

I See That I See What You Don’t See


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 emphasizes efficiency and growth. At the same time, this Cartesian 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.

This hyperconnected and controlled environment where the borders between nature, ecology, technology, and culture increasingly fade is the result of persistent acts of design. By questioning the overarching yet invisible presence of this environment, the Dutch contribution to the XXII Triennale di Milano speculates on design as both problem and solution, as a destructive as well as restorative endeavor.

In I See That I See What You Don’t See designers, artists, and researchers from the Netherlands and further afield present a layered picture of the current multispecies relationship with darkness, setting in motion imaginative critical responses to it. Their research, films, performances, sound and scent-scapes together form a viewing mechanism that evidences how current modes of understanding the environment are designed, and how they could therefore be redesigned.


Organising institution:
Het Nieuwe Instituut

Guus Beumer, Artistic and general director at Het Nieuwe Instituut

Angela Rui, design curator and researcher; Marina Otero Verzier, director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut; Francien van Westrenen, head of Agency at Het Nieuwe Instituut

Academy for Urban Astronauts, Ramon Amaro, Danilo Correale, Design Academy Eindhoven, Het Nieuwe Instituut, departments of Research and Heritage Lucy McRae, Melvin Moti, Bregtje van der Haak, Pascal van Hulst & Oscar Peña, Richard Vijgen, Leanne Wijnsma

Art Direction:
Maureen Mooren

Graphic design and visuals:
Rudy Guedj

Spatial design:
Olivier Goethals

Project management:
Mark van der Veen and Ellen Zoete

Bouwko Landstra, Rob Gijsbers and team

The presentation is made possible with the generous support of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.


Panorama I See That I See What You Don’t See, Rudy Guedj, 2019, photo: Daria Scagliola

Danilo Correale, The Unsleep, photo: Daria Scagliola 

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