Featuring: Melissa Coleman (NL) | Tarik Barri (NL) | David de Buyser (BE) | Introduction: Boris Debackere (BE) | Respondent: Angela Plohman (CA)
For most people summertime means
beaches and barbecues, but at V2_, three up-and-coming young artists have spent
the summer developing their art practice. During the intensive working period
entitled Summer Sessions, each of them has collaborated with V2_’s expert
developers, project managers and curators to produce new work. The outcome of
these residencies was the focus of a special summer edition of Test_Lab.
In the 2009 Summer Sessions, artists Tarik
Barri, Melissa Coleman and David de Buyser respectively developed projects in
the fields of augmented reality, wearable technology, and interactive organic
environments. By holding the three residencies in parallel, V2_ aimed to
promote a creative synergy between these young artists.
Test_Lab: Summer Sessions showed the results
of this synergy through demonstrations of the works created during the
residencies and discussion of the artists’ experiences of these intensive
working periods. As usual in V2_’s Test_Labs, the audience was invited to
critically test the works through hands-on engagement.
Test_Lab: SummerSessions (2009) from V2_ on Vimeo.
Test_Lab is a bi-monthly public event organized by V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, that provides an informal setting for the presentation, demonstration, testing, and discussion of artistic Research and Development (aRt&D).