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
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.
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
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.