Media Art Meetup (3/4) - Introduction to Machine Art

V2_Lab for the Unstable Media presents a crash course in the field of Art & Media Technology. Four meetups give a comprehensive overview of the field; its history, the current themes and issues, and possible future developments.

Apr 2019
19:30 to 22:30

The crash course is suitable for anyone who wants to know more about the intersection of Art, Technology/Science & Society. Whether you are completely unfamiliar with 'Media Art' or have been following the developments at V2_ and similar institutions for the past decades, this is your chance to find answers to your questions on the subject.

Experts within the domain, along with our archivist, researcher & media theorist Arie Altena, and a selection of contemporary artists will break down the subject in a way that is understandable and accessible for everyone.

V2_'s Media Art Meetup's are financially supported by Volkskracht.

2 April

Join us at V2_Lab for the Unstable Media on April 2 from 20:00–22.30 (doors open at 19.30) for the third of four planned meetups: 'An Introduction to Machine Art'.

Marnix de Nijs

Marnix de Nijs is a Dutch installation artist and a pioneer of Dutch media art since the mid-90s. De Nijs makes use of high-concept mechanics, software and ever-evolving technologies to create interactive artworks that play with the viewer’s perception of image, sound and movement.
His work explores how contemporary technological culture acts upon our senses and continuously shapes our modes of perception. Central to his work is the idea that technology acts as a driving force behind cultural change, capable of generating new experiences where societal habits and communication are rethought. His work thrives on the creative possibilities offered by new media, while critically examining their impact on contemporary society and human perception.
His work, in fact, makes use of custom built software and hardware that often adapt existing technological innovations to de Nijs’ specific artistic narratives. Although focused on technology, de Nijs’ background as a sculptor is strongly visible in his work, both in the ambitious physical scale of his works and the craftsmanship he employs to command materials.
During this meetup Marnix will tell us about his experiences as an active artist in the field as well as present his installation 'Autonomous Oil Reserve'.

Arie Altena

Next to being the website, and archive editor at V2_, Arie Altena writes about art and technology. He is especially interested the interplay between new technologies, art, culture & society and is the author of Wat is Community Art? (V2_Publishing). During this meetup Arie will give a overview of Machine Art related projects, artists and artworks from the V2_Archive and explore the role V2_ has had in the development of the field, both locally and internationally.

Andreas Broeckmann would have been the main speaker next to Marnix de Nijs. Unfortunately he had to cancel. Nevertheless on this evening we will feature the examples he was planning to show, and discuss some of the ideas from his book Machine Art in the Twentieth Century.

Andreas Broeckmann

Andreas Broeckmann is an art historian and curator who lives in Berlin. He is a Visiting Professor for Art History and Media Theory at the Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig. From 2011-2016 he directed the Leuphana Arts Program of Leuphana University Lüneburg. He was the Founding Director of the Dortmunder U - Centre for Art and Creativity and has curated exhibitions and festivals in major European venues, incl. Transmediale and ISEA2010 RUHR. From 1995-2000 he worked as a curator for the V2_ Organisation. Broeckmann holds a PhD in Art History from the University of East Anglia, and lectures internationally about the history of modern art, media theory, machine aesthetics, and digital culture. He is the author of "Machine Art in the Twentieth Century", and co-editor of "30 Years after Les Immatériaux – Art, Science, Theory". He has been a research fellow of the V2_ Lab since 2018. During this meetup Andreas will take the role of expert within the field and give us an overview of the phenomena 'Machine Art'.


Free Entrance / Donation
Doors open at 19:30, Talks start at 20:00 (please be on time)

Coming Meetups

Media Art Meetup 4/4 - Inter/Net.Art June 4th

For this project we received special financial support from Volkskracht.

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