V2 Institute for the Unstable Media

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V2 Lab Building on Eendrachtsstraat in Rotterdam

V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media, founded in 1981, is an interdisciplinary center for art and media technology in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). V2_ presents, produces, archives and publishes about art made with new technologies and encourages the debate on these issues. It offers a platform where artists, scientists, developers of software and hardware, researchers and theorists from various disciplines can share their findings. It is the main organizer of the Dutch Electronic Art Festival, which grew out of the Manifestations for the Unstable Media that V2_ organized since 1987.

Over the years V2_ has collaborated with many artists and theorists, including for instance: Stelarc, Orlan, Symbiotica, Dick Raaymakers, Michel Waisvisz, Francisco López, Brian Massumi, Manuel de Landa, Paul Virilio, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Knowbotic Research, and Rem Koolhaas.


V2_ has published a number of books on interactive art and related subjects like sociology, media theory, biology, and technological innovation.

  • The War Of Appearances: Transparency, Opacity, Radiance, 2016
  • Wat Is Community Art?, 2016
  • Machines Will Make Better Choices Than Humans, 2016
  • Everyone Is An Artist, 2016
  • Iedereen Een Kunstenaar, 2014
  • Een Stuk Van Mij Gaat Een Paar Keer, 2014
  • Giving and Taking, 2014
  • On the Threshold of Beauty, 2014
  • Vital Beauty, 2012
  • The Sympathy of Things, 2011
  • The Politics of the Impure, 2010
  • Dick Raaijmakers, Monografie, 2008
  • The Architecture of Continuity, 2008
  • Interact or Die!, 2007
  • aRt&D, 2005
  • Feelings Are Always Local, 2004
  • Understanding Media Theory, 2004
  • My First Recession, 2003
  • Making Art of Databases, 2003
  • Information Is Alive, 2003
  • TransUrbanism, 2002
  • Machine Times, 2000
  • Book for the Electronic Arts, 2000
  • The Art of the Accident, 1998
  • TechnoMorphica, 1997
  • Interfacing Realities, 1997
  • Book for the Unstable Media, 1992

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