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Thursday 27th October, 2022 - Bruce Sterling

*As long as they’re still doing it, there’s hope!



V2_Newsletter November 2022

The Test_Lab Smart Hybrid Forms on Thursday 27 October is all about artistic research into plants’ sensitivity to light, touch, frequencies, chemicals and electrical signaling. On 9 November we launch Geert Lovink’s new book Stuck on the Platform (Valiz), with a discussion about our current technological predicament. The Tryday on 11 November features three artists and their research that’s part of the PHxV2_ Digital Art Residency. A day later, on 12 November there’s a V2_Klub-evening: Samsara. On 18 November we invite you to a reading group about Achille Mbembe’s new book (that’s published by V2_). And of course there’s an Open_Lab in November, and we’re on Operator Radio too.

Test_Lab: Smart Hybrid Forms

Thursday 27 October 2022
V2_Lab for the Unstable Media
Entrance: € 5,-: tickets

Test_Lab: Smart Hybrid Forms puts us in the triangle of art, technology and vegetal life. Recent artistic experiments bring back a longstanding question concerning the power of the vegetal: how can we use plants’ sensitivity to light, touch, frequencies, chemicals and electrical signaling to learn more about the environment? Featuring Špela PetričMaria Castellanos, Katrin Petroschkat, Andy Gracie, and Saša Spačal, and a talk with Alice Smits (Zone2Source) and Raoul Frese (VU). By exploring plants’ sensory abilities under different conditions, natural and manipulated, artists merge organic and inorganic systems to create new forms of intelligence. Wired together, these hybrid forms can obtain environmental data, survive in postnatural environments, communicate at a distance, and involve themselves in acts of play.

(Also check out the Smart Hybrid Forms exhibition, featuring works by Christiaan Zwanikken and Špela Petrič at Zone2Source, Amstelpark, Amsterdam, that opens on 6 November).

This edition of Test_Lab is curated by Katažyna Jankovska, and is part of Smart Hybrid Forms, a collaboration of V2_Lab for the Unstable Media with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Zone2Source, Waag and Gerrit Rietveld Academie and co-funded by NWO.

Stuck on the Platform: Reclaiming the Internet

Wednesday 9 November 2022
V2_Lab for the Unstable Media
Entrance: € 10,- (regular), € 6,- (reduction): tickets

Media theorist and internet critic Geert Lovink argues that we can reclaim the internet on our own terms. Celebrating the launch of his new book, Stuck on the Platform (Valiz, 2022), on this evening we discuss our current technological predicament and look for ways out of the digital slump. Following a presentation of the book, digital anthropologist Payal Arora and Bits of Freedom-director Evelyn Austin will join the conversation. How do we make sense of the rising disaffection with the platform condition, and what can be done about it?

This programme was conceived by De Dépendance in collaboration with Valiz, V2_Lab for the Unstable Media, and the Institute of Network Cultures.

V2_ at Operator Radio 2022 XI

Thursday 10 November 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 and/or Arie Altena discuss the program of V2_, and what goes on in the world of art & technology. Tune in at on Thursday 10 November 15:00h. Livestream on Facebook. Missed it? You can listen again at Operator Radio:

Tryday: Pro Helvetia X V2_

Friday 11 November 2022
Free entrance (‘Kunstavond’)

This Tryday will show the progress and ongoing research of the PHxV2_ Digital Art Residency, a project of V2_ in cooperation with Pro Helvetia that enables artists, designers and cultural practitioners to explore the notion of artificial inequality. The ‘Trydays’ are one-off events that take place on a Friday during the Kunstavond, giving artists an opportunity to ‘try-out’ a new work, installation or performance. The Tryday on Friday 11 November features research by Daniela BruggerFélicien Goguey, and Lukas Truniger.

Open_Lab Session XV

Wednesday 16 November 2022
Online, Zoom

Every month, V2_Lab organizes an Open_Lab where people can present and discuss their work in progress with peers and members of the V2_Lab. Open_Lab is an inspiring place where fascinations are shared and joining in could initialize the missing spark to start your next project. To take part in a session, you can either join as a guest and get inspired or apply to present as described below. This Open_Lab Session will take place on November 16th 2022 at 16:00h, online via this Zoom-link. Do you want the opportunity to present, please notify Sebastian Frisch: with a short outline of your project and possible questions.

Marginalia Reading Group #4: The Earthly Community by Achille Mbembe

Friday 18 November 2022
Participation € 5,-, ticket

In the Marginalia Reading Group of November 18, from 18:30 – 21:00 we will discuss The Earthly Community. Reflections on the last utopia by Achille Mbembe. 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. We ask readers to collect their notes, as the discussion in the online gathering will be built around the group’s collection of marginalia. Participation costs €5,-. The event will  take place on Zoom. You will receive the link on the day of the  event. You can purchase the book in the V2_store, and make sure you have read the book before attending!

For this Marginalia gathering, we work together with Baltan Laboratories.

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