Subjective Atlas of Hainaut

Subjective atlas mapping the Belgium province Hainaut from inside out by it’s inhabitants themselves »

Subjective Atlas of Fryslân

Subjective atlas mapping the Dutch province Fryslân from inside out by it’s inhabitants themselves »


Exhibition on contemporary reactive map making practices at Tropical Research Institute, Lisbon »

Subjective Atlas of Hungary

Subjective atlas mapping Hungary from inside out by it’s inhabitants themselves »

Subjective Atlas of Mexico

Subjective atlas mapping Mexico from inside out by it’s inhabitants themselves »

Epilogue – Subjective atlas of Hungary


At a quick, unsuspecting glance, the line between nationalism and talking about cultural identity looks hair-fine. As we were putting together the Subjective atlas of Hungary, this conflict was a constant subject of discussion. The atlas is meant to show cultural diversity and emphasize personal experience as part of the collective. It thereby underlines that culture is not static but in constant motion and different for everyone. This certainly does not mean we cannot talk about shared values or a national spirit. But how we talk about them is always a delicate matter that demands awareness, especially in the present period.

Subjective Atlas of Serbia

Subjective atlas mapping Serbia from inside out by it’s inhabitants themselves »

Better a far neighbour as a good friend


How wonderful it is not to be a tourist. Especially in places where there are hardly any tourists at all this time of the year, November. Beograd (literally: white city) is grey, dirty, crowded and different, especially so much different from other cities in the west. I am here for two weeks to make a “Subjective atlas of Serbia” together with artists and designers. In a personal way this group of Serbian creative persons is going to map out their country and daily lives. Direct involvement as a starting point to develop honest alternative images. All interviews we had about the work, combined with an overall view of all plans and intentions, directly touch the soul of society. For me it is a crash course in Serbian culture. Which appears to be more complex than expected.

Subjective Atlas of Palestine

Subjective atlas mapping Palestine from inside out by it’s inhabitants themselves »

Subjective Atlas of the Netherlands

Subjective atlas mapping Netherlands from inside out by it’s inhabitants »

Subjective Atlas of the EU from an Estonian point of view


Kristjan Mändmaa: What is important in design? Annelys de Vet: Personal involvement and related ideas. Why are you a designer; what do you find appealing in design? Being able to investigate and develop ideas on society and culture, and transform the observations into useful ideas or even leave them as questions. You are constantly experimenting with different means and medias. Do you feel that everything is design or would you rather argue that these additional activities are merely attempts to seek variety and avoid boredom? The output of the work appears in different forms or media, but the input is always the same: ideas. The computer enables me to make videos, printed matter, sounds, images, drawings, websites, newspapers, posters, stamps and coins, all from the same position: sitting at a desk, countless mouse clicks, staring at a screen without a horizon. It’s not the medium that counts, it’s not the skill that matters, but it’s the attitude that makes the difference.

Subjective Atlas of the EU, from an Estonian point of view

Subjective atlas mapping EU from inside out by it’s inhabitants themselves »