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Saturday 30th March, 2024 - Bruce Sterling

V2_Newsletter March-April 2024

We’re back with our monthly newsletters. We have a solo exhibition of Dani Ploeger coming up, Destructive Circuits (opening 28 March) with also an Evening of… (5 April) and a new publication (launch at 11 April) connected to it. There’s two open calls: one for the yearly Summer Sessions residencies, and one for XR-projects within the Realities in Transition program.

Destructive Circuits
Solo exhibition Dani Ploeger
29 March – 14 April 2024
Thursday 28 March: Opening 19:00–21:00h
Friday 5 April: Evening of Explosions 20:30–22:00h
Thursday 11 April: Publication launch 19:00–20:30h
V2_Lab for the Unstable Media

Dani Ploeger’s exhibition Destructive Circuits brings together work from his long-running research into the appropriation of everyday technology to create weapons. As part of his Fellowship with V2_, Dani has studied archival material, spoken with academics, conducted experiments in collaboration with other artists and interviewed witnesses about the recent history of so-called Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The exhibition features trigger systems, timer devices, a sci-fi film and an interactive sculpture that blows up.

Opening Times 29 March – 14 April 2024
Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays: 12:00–18:00h
Fridays: 12:00–21:00h (Friday 5 April till 18:00h)

Thursday 28 March, 19:00-21:00h: Opening

Thursday 11 April, 19:00-20:30h: Publication launch and virtual exhibition tour (live and online)
The exhibition will be accompanied by the release of an ePublication with texts by Nolen Gertz (University of Twente), Yasmin Ibrahim (Queen Mary University London), Eric Kluitenberg (Royal Academy of Art The Hague) and Dani Ploeger. The book launch will be live-streamed and preceded by a virtual exhibition tour.

Tickets & more info

Image: Dani Ploeger in collaboration with Tools for Action: Improvised Inflatable Device (fatman), 2022-23

The Evening of Explosions
Friday 5 April 2024
Entrance €5.-, Tickets
V2_Lab for the Unstable Media
Dani Ploeger will be blown-up during a film shoot on the street in front of V2_, in collaboration with Lieven Slabbinck (Divi-Divi special effects, Antwerp) and Jochem Weststrate (camera). The shoot will be accessible as a live audience event, followed by a conversation about real and simulated IEDs with Dani Ploeger, Lieven Slabbinck and a former guerrilla fighter of the Rojava Revolution.

Open Call: Summer Sessions 2024
Deadline 1 May 2024

The Summer Sessions are short-term international art and technology residencies for emerging artists and designers. A network of cultural organizations all over the world sponsors and hosts the residencies. Every summer we offer early-career artists and designers support so they can take part in production residencies abroad. If selected, you will receive access to the facilities of the host institution, expert support and an opportunity to present the resulting work at a public event. A budget will be provided to cover travel, accommodation, materials and a stipend.

Each Summer Sessions residency lasts approximately eight weeks and takes place between July and September. During this period you will develop your project from concept to presentable work, ready to show.

Find out how to apply at: or
The deadline is 1 May 2024.

Realities in Transition: Open call to co-create an XR experience
Deadline 1 May 2024

We invite artists, designers, 3D modelers, illustrators, directors, writers, photographers, sound-designers, creative coders and (web) developers, to join the co-creation of a new XR experience. In a hybrid residency, starting online and during the summer months of 2024 at V2_ Lab in Rotterdam, we intend to reimagine and challenge conventional notions of XR. The project aims to use open source and free access tools. Throughout the production, participants will receive guidance from experts, in-house developers, project managers, and curators to foster a highly productive working atmosphere. The results of the residency will be presented on 8 August at V2_ and at Ars Electronica Festival from 4 September to 8 September 2024.

Find out how to apply at For inquiries and further details, please contact us at calls[at]

Open_Lab 2024 IV
17 April 2024
Online, Zoom

Having trouble with your current project? Need some feedback, tips, or just someone to lend an ear and share thoughts? We’ve got you covered! Welcome to the Open_Lab, a supportive online space where you can showcase your work in progress, make new connections, or simply tune in for inspiration. To participate in a session, you can either join as a guest or apply to present. The session will be hosted online via Zoom. Do you want the opportunity to present, please notify Sebastian Frisch: with a short outline of your project and possible questions you would like to discuss.

Meta.Morf 2024
17 April – 13 October 2024
Norway / the Netherlands

Meta.Morf is the Trondheim Biennale for Art and Technology, an international gathering initiated and organized by TEKS – Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre. Meta.Morf 2024 – [up]Loaded Bodies explores the physical and technological body caught between virtual ecstasy and digital obesity. The program has been co-curated by V2_, and takes place first in Trondheim, Norway – with a.o. an Opening Festival from 17–20 April. More via and

Technological Accidents, Accidental Technologies
Order here

“Each period of technological development, with its instruments and machines, brings its share of specialized accidents” (Virilio). But a reversal could also be true: accidents produce technologies. In this publication we inquire into a technology of accidents, but also into the forms of power and authority that accidents materialize. What are the specific accidents of – call them what you wish: artificial intelligence, machine learning, enhanced pattern recognition – systems? What do accidents tell us about the technology that generates them? How are these technological failures tied up with the creation and recreation of economic rationalities? And do the events that come to mind really qualify as “accidents,” or are they rather extended forms of functionality, which may be undesired, but not dysfunctional in the way that the derailment of a train appears dysfunctional?

Edited by Joke Brouwer & Sjoerd van Tuinen. With articles by Erik Bordeleau, Vera Bühlmann, Paolo Cirio, Florian Cramer & Elaine W. Ho, Ezekiel Dixon-Román, Driessens & Verstappen, Stefano Harney, Lev Avitan, Willem Schinkel, Rogier Van Reekum, Yuk Hui, Cécile Malaspina, Jason W. Moore, Lars Spuybroek and Sjoerd van Tuinen.

Browse an excerpt or order the book directly from our bookstore.

V2_ at Operator Radio 2024 IV
Thursday 11 April 2024
Tune in at Operator Radio live, or listen later when the show is archived

Every second Thursday of the month V2_ makes an hour of live radio at Operator Radio, the online radio station of Rotterdam. Fenna de Jong, Alex Falk, and/or Arie Altena discuss the program of V2_, and what goes on in the world of art & technology. Live from the studio of Operator. They spin some of their favorite music, hoping to surprise the listener, and they dig into the history of V2_. Often they invite guests too. Tune in at on Thursday 11 April 13:00h.

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The activities at V2_ are made possible thanks to financial support from the Creative Industries Fund NL and the City of Rotterdam. Several projects are made possible thanks to funding by amongst others Mondriaan Fund, NWO Smart Cultures, and the Creative Europe Programma of the EU.