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Friday 12th August, 2022 - Bruce Sterling

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V2_Newsletter August 2022

The Summer Sessions residencies are in full swing at V2_. On 8 September the artists in residence at V2_ will show their works at the Test_Lab Summer Sessions 2022. Before that, on the 19th of August, we invite you to our place for a Summer Meetup featuring a live performance of Pangani. We’re happy to announce that Achille Mbembe‘s new book The Earthly Community is now available.

V2_Community Summer Meetup & Pangani Live

Friday 19 August 2022
V2_Lab for the Unstable Media
Free entrance

Every summer, V2_ invites a small group of up-and-coming artists to spend their summer at V2_Lab for an intense short-term residency. During these so-called Summer Sessions, the selected artists are given the opportunity to develop an artwork in close collaboration with V2_’s expert developers, curators and project managers. On August 19th we want to invite you for an informal meet & greet, plus an early bird sneak peek at the V2_ ground floor studio setting. See behind the scenes where this years resident artists are developing their work, have a summery cocktail, and hang out in anticipation of the grande finale, a unique live performance from Sebastian Frisch AKA Pangani.

V2_ at Operator Radio 2022 VIII

Thursday 11 August 2022
Tune in at Operator Radio live, or listen later when the show is archived

Once a month V2_ has a radio show at Operator Radio, the online radio station of Rotterdam. Steffan Hofland, Alex Falk, Fai Hathaway and/or Arie Altena discuss the program of V2_, and what goes on in the world of art & technology. Tune in at on Thursday 11 August 15:00h. Livestream on Facebook. Missed it? You can relisten at Radio Operator:

Achille Mbembe: The Earthly Community

New from V2_ Publishing
Order directly € 15,- + postage:

In The Earthly Community: Reflections on the Last Utopia Achille Mbembe explores what remains of the human subject in an age when the instrumentality of reason is carried out by and through information machines and technologies of calculation. Mbembe discusses who will define the threshold or set the boundary that distinguishes between the calculable and the incalculable, between that which is deemed worthy and that which is deemed worthless, and therefore dispensable. He asks whether we can turn these new instruments of calculation and power into instruments of liberation. In other words, will we be able to invent different modes of measuring that might open up the possibility of a different aesthetics, a different politics of inhabiting the Earth, of repairing and sharing the planet?

Achille Mbembe is Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economy Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is the author of a.o. Critique of Black Reason (2016) and Necropolitics (2019).

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Test_Lab: Summer Sessions 2022

Thursday 8 September 2022
V2_Lab for the Unstable Media
Entrance €4,- Buy a ticket

On Thursday 8 September the Test_Lab: Summer Sessions 2022 presents the outcomes of this year’s Summer Sessions residencies. The projects will be demonstrated live and the audience will be invited to ‘test’ the artworks hands-on. Featuring projects by Kexin Hao & Rachwill BreidelDaniel SimuAnaïs BorieGiulia FuelGökay AtabekFrancesco Luzzana, and Michelle O’Higgins. Get your ticket via Stager.

Marije Baalman: Composing Interactions
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In her brand new book Composing Interactions Marije Baalman brings together aesthetic considerations, practical guidelines for project development, and an overview of sensors, circuits, and processing algorithms. Baalman applies her extensive experience as an artist and as an engineer to guide the reader through the creation process of interactive digital artworks. She elaborates on different techniques for creating meaningful interactions and presents detailed case studies of a range of artistic work from the field to illustrate the techniques in practice. Order it now in our webshop.

More news

You can always find more V2_related news on our blog and on our social media channels. We’re looking forward to the AI4Future exhibition at MEET in Milan which features new works by Bernat CunìNino Basilashvili, Luca Pozzi, and Chunju Yu (who did a residency at V2_), as well as to the Summer Sessions presentation at Ars Electronica. On 16 and 17 September Floppy Totaal: Floppy Disk Fever celebrates contemporary floppy disk culture. At the end op September you can visit the exhibition Waterworks at V2_. And our pleasant surprise Wat is community art is our best selling book of the first half of 2022.

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V2_Lab for the Unstable Media is a nonprofit organization for art and media technology that relies on public support. V2_ presents, produces, archives and publishes research at the interface of art, technology and society. By making a donation, you contribute to the realization of V2_’s programs, books, events and projects on the intersection of art, technology and society. Your donation helps us to realize the projects we are currently working on: the Test_Labs, Summer Sessions, the 3×3-series, the V2_Community-events, our expert meetings, fellowships and publications. V2_ participates also in Ik was hier 010. Your help is needed more than ever.
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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.
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