[ISEA2023] Institutional Presentation: Arie Altena — Activating Archival Research at V2_

Archive Presentation Statement

Third Summit on New Media Art Archiving

Keywords: Living Archive, Electronic Art, Art History, Dissemination, Radio, Essay, Archival research

V2_, Lab for the Unstable Media is an interdisciplinary center for art and media technology in Rotterdam that strives to build a ‘living archive’ of electronic art, based on documentation of more than 40 years of activities by V2_. This short presentation reflects on the work of three researchers who were commissioned to do archival research connected to the V2_archive in 2022. They presented their findings both in the form of a text and as part of a monthly radio programme by V2_. These commissions were part of V2_’s effort to show that it possible to tell different and diverse histories of electronic art.

  • Arie Altena (NL) is archive editor at V2_ and the author of Wat is community art? (2016) and 40 Years of V2_ (2022).