︎ The Institute for Linear Research (ILR) is a platform for investigating contemporary landscapes through the lens of remoteness around the Earth.
The Institute encourages everyone to walk a line and map it. The Institute offers workshops along Parallels and it consists of humans who have walked along THE LINE at some point in their lives.
The findings are continually published through the Infinite Publication Series, as an independent press dedicated to expanding the Atlas of Remoteness.


Researching THE LINE is a cooperative endeavour
Send us any info about any place THE LINE goes through

click on the red circle
it will take you to THE LINE

Artifacts found on THE LINE in Liechtenstein. Contributed by Alexander Sokolov

These are the only three kilometers going through Austria. Almost unwalkable.


Santuario della Madonna del Buso, in Gallio

Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi during the Venice Biennale of Architecture in May 2018.

THE LINE across South Tyrol. Right next to the Messner Mountain Museum Ortles -one of the six exhibition venues initiated by the popular mountaineer Reinhold Messner.At MMM Ortles Reinhold Messner tells of the Terrors of Ice and Darkness, Snow People and Snow Lions, the Whiteout and the Third Pole. An interesting article on Messner's museums can be fund here: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/12/t-magazine/austria-museums-mountains.html

V! Event. A one day event hosted at Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi around remoteness and storytelling.

Butrint Peninsula and its archeological sites, near the Ksamil peninsula

A street on THE LINE in the village of Vrinë, Vlorë County
︎ Parallel T




Ta delfinakia tou Amvrakikou (Dolphins of Amvrakikos), a 1993 film by Dinos Dimopoulos


Halayeb triangle - Carnegie Middle East Center
The uninhabited islands of Muhun and Nahleg, part of the Dahlak archipelago in the Red Sea

Balbala, a vast suburb of Djibouti City. The suburb has formed since 1966 when access to the city was restricted.

Port of Doraleh, an extension of the Port of Djibouti, 5 Km away from Djibouti city


Settlements in the Dollo Zone in the Somali region of Ethiopia. This zone has a road density of 0.0 kilometers per 1000 square kilometers.
Godinlabe, a town in Galgaduud, Somalia

Desroches island in the Pacific Ocean is one of the smallest islands of the Seychelles. Entirely devoted to a luxury hotel.

"On Desroches Island, there is nothing to distract you from tranquillity, save for the sound of birds singing and an ocean breeze that invites you to come a little closer. We’re the only resort on this captivating coral island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, where the beaches belong to no one and everyone at the same time. Our rustic villas and suites are intimate retreats and will make you feel like a castaway who has struck gold." From the Four Seasons website.

Desroches is a part of the Outer Islands, also known as Coraline Seychelles. The local Seychellois Creole name for the outer islands is Zil Elwannyen Sesel, while the French name is Îles Eloignées: faraway islands.
French Polynesia


Faro Mulegé, Baja California Sur

United States of America

From the Lone Tree Literary Society - dedicated to preserving the childhood impression of novelist-photographer Wright Morris

THE LINE across the Mississippi River



Nain, the northernmost permanent settlement in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, within the Nunatsiavut region

A Celtic Border and The Line - contribution by Megan Quirey

United Kingdom
UK border in Ireland

Penmon Point or Black Point (Trwyn Du) as it is also known locally is the most easterly point on Anglesey. The Point is private land currently owned by the Baron Hill estate in Beaumaris, but allow access for a small fee payable at Penmon Priory.
Phare de Walde near Calais, built in 1857, now preserved as a monument

The Calais Jungle (known officially as Camp de la Lande) was a refugee and migrant encampment in the vicinity of Calais, France that existed from January 2015 to October 2016. There had been other camps known as jungles in previous years, but this particular shanty town drew global media attention during the peak of the European migrant crisis in 2015, when its population grew rapidly. Migrants stayed at the camp while they attempted to enter the United Kingdom, or while they awaited their French asylum claims to be processed.

The municipal theater of Denain, a former mining town

Étang de la Lobiette

Pflumenschlucker, a carnival figure from Bonndorf in the Black Forest

a postcard from Titisee sent by Margit Busch

THE LINE  in Germany:
  • Weisweil  
  • Forchheim am Kaiserstuhl 
  • Endingen am Kaiserstuhl  
  • Riegel am Kaiserstuhl  
  • Teningen / Reute / Denzlingen 
  • Heuweiler  
  • Stegen 
  • Buchenbach  
  • Breitnau  
  • Titisee-Neustadt  
  • Lenzkirch  
  • Bonndorf 
  • Stühlingen  
  • Schleitheim


Säntis is the highest mountain in the Alpstein massif of northeastern Switzerland

Linear Projects


THE LINE is defined by two points. One point is the onset of the first walk by the Institute for Linear Research (guesthouse Sücka, Liechtenstein) the other one is the coordinate of the first exhibition on remoteness by the ILR (Palazzo Trevisan, Venice).
︎︎︎To become a member of the ILR, you may chose a point on THE LINE, go there and start walking along THE LINE, explore remoteness, send your findings to the Institute for Linear Research and publish your research in the Infinite Publication Series and contribute to THE LINE: Atlas of Remoteness

Parallels are lines offset from THE LINE, anywhere on earth. Each new parallel extends the emerging linear coordinate system which is ordered by directionality rather than distance.
︎︎︎To become a collaborator of the ILR, you may chose a point on the Earth and draw a Parallel to THE LINE, embark on a collaboration with the ILR along the Parallel, exploring remoteness through Linear Research and together with the ILR compile your findings and publish them in the IPS’s Linear Archive within the series Parallels: Atlas of Remoteness
a line

a line is an imaginary line without curvature projected on the earth.
︎︎︎To become a contributor to the Atlas of Remoteness, you may chose a line on the Earth, get a Linear Logbook from the ILR, walk along the chosen line, map remoteness and send the logbook to the Institute to be published on the IPS’s Linear Archive

Linear Research

Linear Research is based on imposing non-effective, imaginary lines on contemporary landscapes. Not to be confused with its conceptual opposite: effective lines, such as territorial borders. Methods of Linear Research include, but are not limited to Linear Walking and Linear Mapping.

Linear Walking
Linear Walking is understood as the locomotion of the human body and includes but is not limited to ambulating, climbing, canoeing, swimming and roping in a straight line across a given territory
Linear Mapping
Linear Mapping means the translation of sensory experience, reasoning or imaginations that occur during linear walks to paper
Linear informational research
Linear informational research relates to retrieving and connecting information of any kind related to spaces crossed by a straight line

Contact ︎

Feel free to get in touch with us if you want to join the Institute or have a concept for a walk.
Send us an e-mail to: info@instituteforlinearresearch.org

or, even better, a letter to: 
Institute for Linear Research
Im Gapont 2b
9495 Triesen


The Institute was founded by Luis Hilti and Matilde Igual Capdevila in 2019 as a follow-up of the project THE LINE, developped with Studio Venice, representing Liechtenstein at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2018.
Luis works as an architect and researcher in Triesen, Liechtenstein.
Matilde works as an urban researcher in Valencia, Spain.
Together they have collaborated in various projects since 2009.

Members ︎

Anyone who has walked THE LINE becomes a member of the Institute for Linear Research. Membership does not entail any obligation.

Ahmed Elsoudy
Alexander Sokolov
Alkistis Thomidou
Bianca Böckle
Eddie Sardeng
Enrique Hernández González
Hanna Hajda
Holger Dörner
Jin Yiran
Kateryna Dyma
Luis Hilti
Martin Mràz
Matilde Igual Capdevila
Megan Quirey
Michelle Rheinberger
Nina Beck
Nina Meusburger
Pavle Stamenovic
Philipp Entner
Rüya Hilal Aydede
Sami Akkach
Sofia Liberali 
Tatjana Probst
Ümit Mesci
Athar Mufreh
Drew Smith
Gabriel Cuellar
Megan Lundquist
Mary Begley
Sben Korsh

This project was supported by University of Liechtenstein, Future Architecture Platform, Kulturstiftung Liechtenstein, Fürst Franz Josef von Liechtenstein Stiftung
Institute for Linear Research, 2021