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.
[Outside V2_] The eTextiles Summer Camp 2013, Call for eTextiles Practitioners Posted by Jan Misker — May 06, 2013 05:11 PM
The eTextiles Summer Camp is a five day event that brings together expert practitioners of eTextiles and Soft Circuitry in one place to share their knowledge and skills through hands-on workshops, and facilitate discussions around their practices. We are looking for makers, designers, engineers and artists, who work in the field of eTextiles and soft circuitry to participate.
Kees Tazelaar Podcast, part II Posted by Arie Altena — Apr 26, 2013 10:59 PM
The second part of Radio Web Macba's podcast with the Dutch composer of electronic music Kees Tazelaar is now online.
Sounds Like Art Posted by Arie Altena — Mar 28, 2013 12:41 PM
Michel van Dartel curated the exhibition Sounds Like Art at Mu in Eindhoven.
Kees Tazelaar Podcast Posted by Arie Altena — Mar 28, 2013 12:41 PM
Radio Web Macba produced a podcast in the series Memorabilia, Collection Sounds With... featuring Kees Tazelaar. After the summer V2_ will publish Tazelaar's new book.
V2_ in 2013 Posted by Arie Altena — Jan 24, 2013 11:16 AM
What’s V2_ future, what are we going to do in 2013?
The winner is... Posted by Sofia Bustorff — Nov 14, 2012 11:45 AM
The opening night of the 8th Piemonte Share Festival announced the Share Prize 2012, under its theme 'Open Your City' and it went to Stanza, with honorary mentions to Mark Shepard and Antonine Schmitt.