V2_Lab

V2_Lab is an instigator of artistic projects which interrogate and illuminate contemporary issues in art, science, technology, and society. Our mission is to produce works of art with conceptual clarity and high production values, provide frameworks for presenting these artworks, and create meaningful exchanges on artistic research and production methods. V2_Lab is an autonomous zone where experiments and collaborations can take place outside of the constraints of innovation agendas or economic and political imperatives.

The activities of V2_Lab cover a spectrum ranging from Think-Tank to Do-Tank, from research to creation and presentation of art. To accomplish this, formats such as expert meetings, workshops, residencies, publications, conferences and exhibitions are tailored to meet the requirements of individual projects.

 

V2_Lab Methods (two examples)

Design Fiction and Extreme Scenarios
Design fiction is an exercise in visionary storytelling, making our wildest dreams for our future more vivid. We use design fiction as a method to sketch future scenarios, from the probable to impossible. The desires expressed in these narratives may tend toward urgent problem solving or simply indicate the height of our ambition where provocative statements or questions are deployed to unlock the most interesting answers. These narratives can be communicated through video, objects, storyboarding, writing and other media, to spark the conversation with an audience. One way to implement design fiction is by means of an extreme scenario; an exaggeration of a situation to inspire thought about critical issues. Shaping narratives that overstate problems or postulate extravagant (or even ridiculous) solutions is a proven effective artistic method to raise issues, stir up debates, or make a point.

Concepts Revisited: Re-enactments

New concepts come into artmaking far less frequently than practical ideas, ideas that can be reused for a thousand variations, supplying the framework for a whole body of work rather than a single piece.

Reiteration is an age-old artistic technique to achieve more subtle readings of significant creative gestures: think Glenn Gould’s Goldberg Variations recordings in 1955 and 1980, which couldn’t be more different though they emanate from the same score and were performed by the same person. The meaningful comparison between two interpretations is not how they rank, but how they work.

Despite the fact that art centred around ideas is more interesting than art that deals with technique, the art produced today is doubtlessly shaped by the tools presently at hand. Since certain tools make certain results possible, the history of art is tightly coupled to the history of technology. With re-enactments, the passage of time means that previous technological promises are trivial, and losing the novelty of new technology means we are free to look closer at the core concepts. By asking artists to revisit works which resonated strongly among their peers and audiences, V2_lab aims to unearth the key techniques and themes of our time, inviting a process of re-invention which will uncover the underlying ideas.

Blog

WOOF&WOW in Peru

Arie Altena — Jul 06, 2015
WOOF&WOW in Peru

A first report by Gaspard Bos & Charlot Boonekamp about their project WOOF&WOW.

Videos: Summer Sessions 2014

Arie Altena — Oct 01, 2014
Videos: Summer Sessions 2014

Video interviews with the artists who worked on a Summer Sessions project at V2_.

Dick Raaijmakers en John Habraken: Open Vorm

Arie Altena — Oct 06, 2014
Dick Raaijmakers en John Habraken: Open Vorm Dick Raaijmakers en John Habraken: Open Vorm

An article (in Dutch) on Archined on Raaijmakers and Habrakens idea of 'open form'

7 November kunstavond in het Witte de With kwartier

Arie Altena — Nov 05, 2014
7 November kunstavond in het Witte de With kwartier 7 November kunstavond in het Witte de With kwartier

Op vrijdag 7 november is het kunstavond in het Witte de With kwartier.

Marnix de Nijs at Art in the Parking Space

Arie Altena — Jan 15, 2015
Marnix de Nijs at Art in the Parking Space

Marnix de Nijs' work is part of the Art's Birthday program at M HKA in Antwerp on Saturday 17 January.

Kick off DEAF2012

Joris van Ballegooijen — Jun 28, 2012
Kick off DEAF2012

The Dutch Electronic Art Festival - DEAF - makes a big come back next year. The 2012 edition of DEAF takes place from May 16 till June 3 in both Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and explores ‘The Power of Things’.

Testing Protei 005.6 on the water

isidora — Aug 24, 2011
Testing Protei 005.6 on the water

On Saturday July 23rd and almost six weeks before the unveiling of Protei +006 during the World Port Days (September 2) and its presentation in the World of Witte de With festival (September 9, 10, 11), the Protei team travelled to De Kaag to test ...

Daan Roosegaarde 'Zomergast'

Arie Altena — Aug 29, 2013
Daan Roosegaarde 'Zomergast'

The Dutch designer, artist, innovator and entrepeneur Daan Roosegaarde, who has collaborated several times with V2_, will be one of four 'summerguests' on Dutch television. A whole evening long he will be interviewed, taking his favorite bits of ...

Document Actions
Document Actions
Personal tools
Log in