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The Alex Adriaansens Residency: Martin Howse

Martin Howse is the recipient of The Alex Adriaansens Residency 2019.

We are proud to announce that Martin Howse is the first recipient of The Alex Adriaansens Residency. From 1 September on he will be supported by V2_ to realise his project Tiny Mining [TM]. This support consist of a stipend plus materials, travel and accommodation expenses (total €7,000.00), a workspace at V2_, and curatorial, managerial and productional support by the V2_ staff.

Martin Howse's idea for Tiny Mining [TM] was selected from the proposals that were sent in on the open call from last month.

Tiny Mining is an open source project which explicitly attempts to generate revenue through the mining or recovery of precious or useful minerals from within living human bodies.

"We're geological. Sometimes I even feel a bit more earthy, more stony after taking the pills." [TM user testimony]

Martin Howse (UK) is occupied with an investigation of the links between the earth (geophysical phenomena), software and the human psyche (psychogeophysics) through the construction of experimental situations (performance, laboratories, walks, and workshops), material art works and texts. From 1998 to 2005 Howse was director of ap, a software performance group working with electronic waste, pioneering an early approach to digital glitch. From 2007 to 2009 he hosted a regular workshop, micro-residency and salon series in Berlin. Howse has worked and collaborated on acclaimed projects and practices such as The Crystal World, Psychogeophysics, Earthboot, Sketches towards an Earth Computer and Dissolutions. For the last ten years he has initiated numerous open-laboratory style projects and performed, published, lectured and exhibited worldwide. He is equally the creator of the ERD modular synthesizer series.

The Alex Adriaansens Residency

The Alex Adriaansens Residency is a new residency in honour of our former director and co-founder Alex Adriaansens. Every year, The Alex Adriaansens Residency is awarded to an artist whose work explores the aesthetic potential of the materiality of technical media, in line with Alex Adriaansens' fascination for the interaction between matter and media. The residency will give an established artist or designer the possibility to conduct a year-long research into the material basis of our digital culture.

The Alex Adriaansens Residency is supported by Gemeente Rotterdam.

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