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Saturday 27th May, 2023 - Bruce Sterling

V2_Newsletter May–June 2023

Again we have several events coming up: a two-day symposium on Schematism this Friday and Saturday, two online radio programmes by Dennis de Bel, a Tryday with Marjolijn Dijkman on June 2nd, and the Evening of the V2_Archive on June 22nd. There’s also an open call for the PHxV2_ Digital Art Residency, and we’re on Radio Operator on June 8th.

The Multiple Arts of Schematism in the Depths of the Soul
Two-day symposium
Friday 26 May: 11:00–21:30h
Saturday 27 May: 13:00–21:30h
V2_Lab for the Unstable Media
Entrance €4, Tickets Day I, Day II
V2_Community invites the Erasmus School of Philosophy for a two-day symposium: The Multiple Arts of Schematism in the Depths of the Soul, co-organized by TU Vienna. Posing the question of the schematism once more means asking what is it, beyond what is already intelligible or sensible, that makes us think in the way we do? What are the corporeal, cultural, political, and technical schemas that animate us? How do new media, forms of artificial intelligence, and digital money get a hold on our souls today? And where does the free and wild creation of schemas that could break their spell occur?

Speakers are Vera Bühlmann (TU Vienna), Miriam Rasch (Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam), Christian Lotz (Michigan State University), Daniel W. Smith (Purdue University & Paris XIII), Stephen Zepke (Vienna), with respondents: Ryan Kopaitich (EUR), Florian Cramer (WdKA), Georgios Tsagdis (EUR), and Robert Gorny (TU Delft). There are also workshops by David van Putten (EUR), Sander Tuns (EUR), Ricardo M. Villa (TU Vienna), Lorenzo Vicari (TU Vienna), Andrej Radman (TU Delft), Cris Argüelles (TU Vienna), Sonia de Jager (EUR), and Joost De Raeymaecker (EUR), as well as the film performance Time Frames (2023) by Ollie Palmer (photo).

A more detailed schedule with abstracts is online for the Friday (evening lecture by Miriam Rasch) and the Saturday (evening lecture Stephen Zepke). All lectures and workshops are open to the public. Entrance is 4 euro.

3×3: Dennis de Bel Online Radio I
Friday 26 May 2023

On Friday 26 May we will publish the first 3×3 radio session of Dennis de Bel. During these 3×3 sessions Dennis de Bel, Iris Long, and V2_ experiment with the format of the radio programme in a series of loose-end, deep-dive conversations. Dennis de Bel invited Iris Long and three special guests across multiple time zones and locations for a series of conversations on the notion of planetary infrastructure/mega-structures. The sessions will take the form of a “zoom-in” journey across time, scale, altitudes and attitudes: from a bird’s eye view (or is it a kite?) down to the ground to the insides of a cave, encompassing topics of planetary computation, data centers, geology, extraction, history of China’s third-front movement, digital-colonialism and so forth. The guest in the first episode is Solveig Qu Suess. The second episode is scheduled for 30 June.

Tryday: Marjolijn Dijkman
Friday 2 June 2023
V2_Lab for the Unstable Media
Free entrance

This Tryday, artist Marjolijn Dijkman, composer Henry Vega and electro-technician Lukas Pol will share the first robotic experiments for the film and sound installation Between the Lines (work in progress). Between the Lines will trace the monumental impact of climate change, industrialization, and the First World War in the polluted and traumatized landscapes of the ‘Zone Rouge’ in the North East of France.

The ‘Trydays’ are one-off events that take place on a Friday during the Kunstavond, between 18:00–21:00h. With the Trydays V2_ gives artists an opportunity to try-out a new work, installation or performance.

V2_ at Operator Radio VI
Thursday 8 June 2023
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. Steffan Hofland, Alex Falk, and/or Arie Altena discuss the program of V2_, and what goes on in the world of art & technology. They spin some of their favorite music, hoping to surprise the listener, and they dig into the history of V2_. Sometimes they invite guests too. Tune in at on Thursday 8 June 15:00h.

The Evening of the V2_Archive
Thursday 22 June 2023
V2_Lab for the Unstable Media
Entrance €7 / €5, tickets

At the Evening of the V2_Archive we’ll look at digital archives as dynamic spaces for creative experimentation. How can digital archives inform and inspire artistic practice and even provide raw material for new artworks? At this event we’ll take a closer look at a range of artistic approaches that can uncover new patterns and relationships in the V2_ archive but also offer a fresh perspective on how digital archives can be experienced.

Marijn Bril will take us on a question-driven journey through the online archive, after which Sandra Golubjevaitė will lead the audience in a collective ambient browsing experience. Finally, Vera van der Burg will show us how artificial intelligence could radically change how digital archives are used and experienced in the future. V2_’s archivist Arie Altena will introduce the V2_archive, and Katažyna Jankovska – guest-curator of the event – will moderate the evening.

Open Call: PHxV2_ Digital Art Residency
Deadline 25 June 2023

V2_ and Pro Helvetia are pleased to announce the second residency programme for artists, designers and cultural practitioners working within the crossover between art and technology to explore the notion of Artificial Inequality. The four-month hybrid residency will facilitate work by a maximum of four Swiss artists and/or designers. Each resident will receive a residency grant of 9.000 CHF. Apply before 25 June. More information via

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