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Thursday 1st July, 2021 - Bruce Sterling

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V2_Newsletter July 2021

With corona restrictions being eased, we are happy that we can welcome more visitors at V2_. On Thursday 1 July DNK Ensemble will perform Intona Re-enacted, a re-interpretation of Dick Raaijmakers’ iconic piece Intona, with a performative exhibition running from 2–4 July. We also have two Trydays in July, one for Raumklang, and one for Sandipan Nath’s Ocean Bloom. And lastly we proudly present this year’s Summer Sessions residents, and a brand new PDF-publication Memenesia on meme culture.

DNK Ensemble Presents: Intona Re-Enacted
1–4 July 2021
Performance 1 July 20:00–22:00h
Limited capacity, please register
Performative exhibition: 2–4 July 12:00–20:00h
No reservation needed
V2_Lab for the Unstable Media

During Art Rotterdam 2021, DNK Ensemble will enact a one-off re-interpretation of Dick Raaijmakers’ iconic piece Intona at V2_.

For the original 1991 work, Raaijmakers heated, boiled, and pierced his microphones to capture their ‘dying breath’ within a musically theatrical context, he even dissolved them in acid. Doing so, he mobilized the microphone as an instrument in and on itself, disconnected from its common reproductive function.

In a four-day reworking Intona Re-enacted, the DNK Ensemble investigates this unique performance. Following an opening performance on 1 July, the space and the materials used will be slowly transformed and processed into an exhibition, on which DNK will work continuously. Here, Raaijmakers’ points of departure regarding the microphone and its cultural and musical function, serve as a guideline for a series of performative and transformative processes.

Intona Re-enacted will be realized by DNK Ensemble, with André Avelãs & Martijn Tellinga (composition & performance), Mint Park & Gökay Atabek (performance), and Radboud Mens (engineering / audio recording / post-production).

The performance takes place on 1 July, and has a limited capacity. Please register to attend. There is no need to reserve for the exhibition that is open from 2–4 July. Intona Re-enacted is part of Art Rotterdam.

Tryday: Raumklang
9 July 2021
V2_Lab for the Unstable Media

On 9 July there is an opportunity to ‘try-out’ the installation Raumklang by Zeno van den Broek and Robin Koek at V2_. The installation invites visitors to experience invisible 4-dimensional objects in space which they can only perceive through hearing. The work fully engages with the potential of sound, acoustics and interaction in order to forge deeper relationships between the visitor and the space they are in. The installation is co-produced by V2_. At the moment the event is fully booked. You can still register, and we will let you know when a spot becomes available.

Summer Sessions Residents for 2021

We are proud to present this year’s Summer Sessions residents. They will have two month to work on a new project in residence at one of the Summer Sessions partner organisations. At V2_ the Summer Sessions will kick-off on 19 July. We will keep you updated on their progress over the course of this summer, and present the outcomes at a Test_Lab and a Kunstavond XL on 9 and 10 September. The residents are: Gill Baldwin (selected by V2_), Oana Clitan (V2_), Leo Scarin (V2_), Jeisson Drenth (V2_), Kaan Yazici (V2_), Juan Carlos Reyna (Espronceda), Ludovica Lotito (Sineglossa + Kilowatt), Marta Romanelli (Sineglossa + Kilowatt), Kirill Zakomoldin (Winzavod), Sara Persico (Sardegna Teatro), Diogo Vaz (Tabakalera), Rocio Agudo (Tabakalera), Wei-Chia Wu (NTMoFA), Thu Trang Ha (Schmiede), Eduardo Ruiz (Hangar), and Mario Mu (Metamedia). Find out more at and

E-Stitches Meetup Rotterdam
14 July 2021
V2_Lab for the Unstable Media

V2_ is hosting the first IRL E-Stitches Meetup of 2021. We would like to invite everyone and anyone working with, or interested in wearable technology, e-textiles and smart fashion for the kickoff of a local E-Stitches community. We host an informal meet & greet to share ideas about how we want the community to look like. You are welcome to bring swatches or other materials that you would like to show or tell about. With the current regulations we are able to host 36 people at V2_. Please RSVP by sending an e-mail to

Tryday: Ocean Bloom
23 July 2021
Free entrance
V2_Lab for the Unstable Media

Imagine an eerie descent underwater, beneath the waves. In Ocean Bloom Sandipan Nath invites us to undergo an embodied sonic experience of a noisy North Sea near the shores of Texel, the Netherlands. Together with composer and media artist Sól Ey, Nath seeks to address the possibility of uncomfortable sounds and disturbances to overcome the decentralization of human primacy, opening up to nonhuman and material agencies.

This Try-day is a walk-in event, and is free of charge. Ocean Bloom was conceived during the V2_Lab Summer Sessions 2020 and is currently supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL.

New PDF-publication on meme culture

Memenesia is a PDF-publication about meme culture, and shows how memes make reality visible and expand the experience of reality. The texts illustrate the fractured nature of the meme landscape and with it also its richness and liveliness. Taken as a whole Memenesia presents not only a critical view on meme culture, but also on our digital reality today. The publication is edited by Mike Watson and Jerry Galle, designed by Mona Lisa’s, and features contributions by Jerry Galle, Caroline Sinders, Valentina Tanni, Marc Tuters, Joshua Citarella, Mike Watson, and Kim de Groot. Memenesia is an outcome of Jerry Galle’s fellowship at V2_. You can download Memenesia for free from the V2_website.

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