Test_Lab: What Crisis?!

In this edition of Test_Lab, V2_ will create its own special think tank for young artists to address issues of a world in crisis with artistic reflection and creative vision, laying out a young generation’s artistic view on our current conditions and ways of living.

Jul 2009
20:00 to 23:00
location: Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam

Featuring: David Hahlbrock (DE) Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Cesar Harada (FR/JP), Dot Mancando (TH), Thomas Thwaites (UK) Royal College of Art, Sander Veenhof (NL) Gerrit Rietveld Academy.

Opening: Mieke Gerritzen
Respondent: Koert van Mensvoort

Performance: TokTek vs VJ MNK

Newspaper headlines report that our world is in crisis, but while the front page illustrates how bad the global situation is, a few pages down, positive tongues claim that the current global crisis provides us with unprecedented opportunities for creative technological innovation, social transformation, revisions of financial systems, environmental change, and entrepreneurship. But did we really need this crisis to generate these opportunities?! We think not. Our world is continuously in crisis, and therefore constantly requires critical reflection and rethinking. However, as the world’s future is said to be in the hands of the truly creative and critical thinkers, we are more than willing to soothe away any worries about the crisis by revealing a whole new generation of artists’ and designers’ views on the current state of affairs.

While elsewhere the crisis is being tackled by young scientists, policy makers, and entrepreneurs, through initiatives such as think tanks and campaigns, in this edition of Test_Lab, V2_ will create its own special think tank for young artists to address issues of a world in crisis with artistic reflection and creative vision. In order to do so, V2_ has made a selection of several outstanding graduation projects from this past academic year, that were proposed for the program by teachers and coordinators from various European art and design academies. The demonstrated works will lay out a young generation’s artistic view on our current conditions and ways of living: Featuring a truly objective coin-flipper, a revolutionary strategy for urban gardening, the first ever open source international ocean station, toast from a toaster made from scratch, and an interactively controlled greenhouse for growing graduation bouquets.

As is custom to Test_Lab, the audience is invited to assess these young artists’ reflections by testing the demonstrated artworks and designs themselves. So prepare for an evening of trying thought provoking electronic art and design that deals with urgent (and less urgent) aspects of a world in crisis. If after this any worries about the crises should remain, then TokTek vs. VJ MNK will soothe your cares away by performing live at Test_Lab: What Crisis?!



Royal College of Art, London

Academy of Media Arts, Cologne

Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam


Event stream:


Test_Lab: What Crisis?! (2009) from V2_ on Vimeo.

Document Actions
Mailinglist: Subscribe to the English or Dutch version.

Follow usfacebook_16.png twitter_16.png youtube_16.png Favicon Vimeo googleplus
Related Items
Cesar Minoru Harada / 原田 実

Cesar Harada (FR/JP) is an ecologically aware artist, performer, filmmaker, and interaction ...

Prepare for Test_Lab: What Crisis?!

Excerpts from interviews with the participating artists of Test_Lab: What Crisis?!

Open Sailing

"Open Sailing" (2009-) are a variety of open-source technologies to explore and study the oceans.

Karl Klomp

Karl Klomp (NL, 1979), is a media artist, vj and theater technician.

David Hahlbrock

David Hahlbrock (DE) makes artistic interventions in urban settings.

Publicity Plant

"Publicity Plant" (2009) by Sander Veenhof converts online activity into plant growth.

Thomas Thwaites

Thomas Thwaites (UK) is an artist who studied Design Interactions at the Royal College in London.

The Toaster Project

The Toaster Project (2009) is Thomas Thwaites' attempt to build a toaster from scratch.

Koert van Mensvoort

Koert van Mensvoort (NL) investigates the strange and beautiful: he writes about what he calls ...

V2_ Official Partner Open_Sailing V2_ Official Partner Open_Sailing

V2_ is now an official partner of Open_Sailing, the team building the International-Ocean-Station ...


"TransitGarden2" (2007-2010) by David Hahlbrock is a green intervention project in public space.

Mieke Gerritzen

Mieke Gerritzen (NL) is a designer and co-founder of All Media Foundation.

Tom Verbruggen

Tom Verbruggen aka Toktek (NL) is a musician, instrument maker, hardware hacker and visual artist.

Dot Mancando

Dot Mancando (TH) is an interaction designer who wonders about choice, fate and consequences.

Toasting a toaster Toasting a toaster

During "Test_Lab: What Crisis?!" Thomas Thwaites presented "The Toaster Project" that man from the ...

What Crisis? First laugh, then think What Crisis? First laugh, then think

Blog post by Joris van Ballegooijen. Critical reflection and inventive solutions to make the world ...

more ...
Personal tools
Log in