Media and Arts Speaker Series | V2_Lab for the Unstable Media

The Media & Arts Speaker Series at Duke Kunshan University is a bi-weekly event that invites leading practitioners in media and arts to speak about their work and practice and engage with our DKU community.

The fourth miniseries of talks looks at the concept of the lab, both as a philosophy and a methodology to see how these innovative approaches have impacted and transformed the production of culture, art and society.

The lecture scheduled on Friday March 26th, 2021 at 6pm China Central time features V2_Lab for the Unstable Media Lab Director Boris Debckere and Curator Florian Weigl. They will present their philosophy, methodology, research and practice at the intersection between art, technology and society. This series is organized and hosted by Prof. Benjamin Bacon and Prof. Vivian and supported by Arts and Humanities and the Humanities Research Center at Duke Kunshan University. This event is open to the public.

Location: Duke Kunshan Innovation Building 1042

Zoom: 262-835-7204

V2_Lab for the Unstable Media

V2_, Lab for the Unstable Media is an interdisciplinary center for art and media technology in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). V2_ presents, produces, archives and publishes research at the interface of art, technology and society. Founded in 1981, V2_ offers a platform for artists, designers, scientists, researchers, theorists, and developers of software and hardware from various disciplines to discuss their work and share their findings. In V2_’s view, art and design play an essential role in the social embedding of technological developments. V2_ creates a context in which issues regarding the social impact of technology are explored through critical dialogue, artistic reflection and practice-oriented research.

About the Speakers:

Boris Debackere

Lab Director at V2_

As a media artist his main interest is the possible integration of different expression forms, with an emphasis on electronic sound and image. Most recent work and research is concentrated on translating and transforming the cinema concept into other forms like Live Cinema performances and audiovisual installations. His work includes ‘vortices’ and ‘probe’ reactive installations dealing with the relationship between the viewer and the screen. He collaborated with Brecht Debackere on the Live Cinema performance ‘Rotor’ (2005), and is currently working on a new performance ‘Vector’. The research project ‘The Cinematic Experience’ (2007), lectures and publication edited with Arie Altena. Sound design for Marnix de Nijs’ installations ‘Run Motherfucker Run’ (2004), ‘Beijing Accelerator’ (2006) and ‘Exploded Views’ (2008). Sound design for herman asselberghs’ films ‘a.m./p.m.’ (2004), ‘Proof of Life’ (2005), ‘Capsular’ (2006), ‘Futur Antérieur’ (2007) and ‘Altogether’ (2008). Sound design for Noud Heerkens’ feature film ‘The last conversation’ (2008).



Florian Weigl


Florian Weigl (1985) is curator at V2_, Lab for the Unstable Media. As curator and researcher he is interested in art and contemporary technology reflecting on society, in collaboration with artists in the development of critical dialogue, artistic reflection and practice-oriented research. He joined the curatorial team in 2015 working on both presenting and co-producing works and research.

Curatorial projects at V2_ he did include the live experiment series 3×3 he initiated, and amongst others the group exhibitions The Gig is Up (2016, co-curated with Sarah Cook), Latent Spectators (UNArt Center, Shanghai 2019, co-curated with Iris Long) and Intimate Observations (with Museu0 at Ermida Of São Roque, Tavira 2020,) To Mind Is To Care (2020); solo projects and exhibitions Jonas Lund’s Operation Earnest Voice (2018), Philip Vermeulen’s The Physical Rythm Machine (2017 at Ars Electronica, 2018 at V2_) Marnix de Nijs’ Ghosted Views (2019) Driessens & Verstappen’s Pareidolia (2020) and Johannes Langkamp’s solo exhibition Sun Tracing (2019) and is among other things curating V2_’s public events series Test_Lab.

He also offers curatorial support in the development of new productions during residencies like the short-term international residency program Summer Sessions and is editor of 3×3 Live experimenteren (2020, V2_Publishing with Jochem Kootstra) Alongside his work at V2_, Florian works as independent curator, is an advisor for Mondriaan fonds, part of the Culture Advisory Committee Province Overijssel and Gelderland and advisor for Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen. Florian Weigl

Symbiotic Transmitter (2020-2021) is a hybrid structure of interacting electronics and plants, created by Nathalie Gebert.
Herbarium Vivum 2 (2020-2021) is the second iteration of the work Herbarium Vivum by Driessens & Verstappen.
‘Punctum’ (2017-) is a work by Ana María Gómez López. It is part of the exhibition ‘To Mind is to Care’.