Since a few years, V2_ had been organizing manifestations
(or small-scale festivals) that focused on the use of electronic
media and tools in art. In these manifestations, an attempt
was made to highlight electronic media from different perspectives.
In 1988, the "Manifesto for the Unstable Media" was
written -- a guideline for the manifestation taking place
in that year. In 1989, the second Manifestation for the
Unstable Media focused on the use and possibilities of telecommunications
equipment by artists.
In 1990, during the third Manifestation
for the Unstable Media, more general attention was given
to electronic media in general. Through lectures, concerts
and an exhibition, the so-called "sources" of these electronic
media were described -- meaning the characteristics of these
media that are present like laws of nature and that, therefore,
define the interaction with and the mediatization of the
The manifestation consisted of three parallel
program elements: lectures, concerts and an exhibition. (Text from the old archive site).
Electronic art, the official art circuit and news media
In 1990, when V2_ organized its third Manifestation
for the Unstable Media, it was difficult to draw attention
to developments in electronic art in traditional news media.
Proof of this is the following excerpt from V2_'s press
release for the 1990 Manifestation for Unstable Media.
striking how news media and the official art circles pay
almost no attention to the developments in electronic art
-- while, nevertheless, the increased use of these media
by artists is a good mirror of the influence of these media
Or perhaps it"s not so strange. Maybe
these new media have characteristics that are opposed to
the rules and interests of official art circles and mass
media. Transitoriness and instability are elementary principles
in electronic media -- concepts that closely relate to
processes in society. The concept of chaos draws more attention
than ever in science and art. All these concepts indicat