[spectre] V2_ newsletter February 2014

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Thu Jan 30 12:53:05 CET 2014

V2_ Newsletter February 2014


In February the program at V2_ features an exhibition by students of Media
Technology in Leiden, as well as various Digital Craft projects. See what
the new generation is up to! Kees Tazelaar continues his lecture series to
promote his new book, with visits to V2_ and Leiden.

V2_ is proud to present Kees Tazelaar’s On the Threshold of Beauty
7 February 2014 17:00 – 18:30
V2_, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam
On the Threshold of Beauty: Philips and the Origins of Electronic Music in
the Netherlands 1925–1965 describes a period of music history in which an
entirely new world of electronic sounds and compositional attitudes was
developed and explored, ranging from avant-garde extremes to the earliest
experiments in electronic pop; from the music for the iconic Philips
Pavilion at the 1958 World's Fair to electronic soundtracks for film. After
a number of presentations elsewhere, V2_ finally hosts a book presentation
at V2_, as part of the side program of the exhibition Key by Media
Technology Leiden.

Mediatech Exhibition Key
7 February 2014 – 16 February 2014 11:00 – 18:00
Opening: 6 February 2014 17:00
V2_, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam
Key is an exhibition with new works from the MSc Media Technology in
Leiden. This is a place where students are encouraged to develop a creative
approach to science. Key is the global theme for this year’s semester
project. From this global theme eight sub-themes are derived:
encode/decode, DNA, unique, private, access, gate, solution, and Leiden. In
addition to the exhibition our program includes several events: several
public lectures, and a Meet the Makers session in which the participating
students explain what brought them to their installations.

Digital Craft Expo
31 January 2014 – 1 February 2014, 14:00 – 19:00
V2_, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam
Students of the new WDKA Digital Craft minor present objects to inspire,
wonder, and that reflect on our relationship with craft in times of
electronic, digital, and networked media.
Digital craftsmen are makers before everything else: they get their hands
dirty, burn their fingers with soldering irons, test and tweak
computer-aided tools, and appropriate whatever is at their disposal. They
make objects to inspire and make us wonder and reflect on our relationship
with craft in times of electronic, digital, and networked media. 21
students representing 9 different departments who came together in the
first ever Digital Craft minor at the Willem de Kooning Academy present
their work at the two-day Digital Crafts exhibition. The public is invited
to witness their progress and engage with emerging practices in craft and

Kees Tazelaar: Electrified (lecture)
5 February 2014 15:30 – 17:00
Museum Boerhaave, Lange Sint Agnietenstraat 10, Leiden
On Wednesday February 5th, at 15:30 Kees Tazelaar gives a lecture in the
series 'Onder spanning' ('Electrified') at the Museum Boerhaave in Leiden.
He will speak about the origins of Dutch electronic music. The lecture is
part of 'Onder spanning: Nederlanders en elektriciteit in de 20ste eeuw' ‘
organized on occasion of the exhibition 100 years of Inventions. Made by
Philips Research.

Save the Date: Museum Night at V2_
8 March 2014 20:00 – 2:00
V2_, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam
Rotterdam-based artist Melle Smets and sociologist Joost van Onna followed
the trail of discarded Western car parts and ended up in a place called
Suame Magazine in Ghana, where this scrap is processed and marketed by some
200,000 highly specialized technicians in 12,000 informal workshops. Smets
and Onna turned this trail to Suame completely around and together with the
local mechanics of Suame Magazine produced the first car to ever be
exported from this region to the West. Once even the King of Ghana visited
Suame Magazine to see it with his own eyes, it was clear to the Ghanaian
media: These European ‘benefactors’ will bring Ghana a car industry. Can
Smets and Onna meet such high expectations? V2_ Institute for the Unstable
Media presents their answers in the exhibition Turtle 1: The Sequel. The
exhibition opens on Museum Night 8 March.

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