With the advent of modern art, chance became the creative ‘spark’ which excites artistic imagination and causes non-predictable but feasible material results; a practice that left chance a continuous paradox. This exhibition approaches chance as 1. a definable beginning 2. furthered by repetition, consolidated in 3. continuity which unfolds against the backdrop of spontaneity in continuous interaction with the world. In this sense, we refer to Charles Sanders Peirce’s notion of Tychism; rather than postulating the importance of determinism in cosmology and in socio-economic Darwinism Peirce claimed that the origin of species is triggered by evolutionary love or ‘agapeism’, when one entity is prepared to sacrifice its own perfection for the sake of the wellbeing of another.
The exhibition brings together photography (Eva Vuillemin), performative sculpture (Rike Horb) and a sound installation (Matthias Krieg). The exhibition will be accompanied by a screening of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s movie Przypadek (Blind Chance) and lectures on chance as understood by philosophy and physics.
The notion of chance, although in the common understanding carrying a sense of that which might be unexpected, is linked to the concept of probability. Here lies a particular paradox: in order for chance to be perceived, there must be a holistic vision of events. Agnieszka Anna Wołodźko will thus discuss how we can think about the new while keeping the notion of unpredictability and the non-linear understanding of causality. In this way, the problem of chance will be examined as the problem of creativity and experimentation.
the 29th of June and the 1st of July 2015
Daughters of Chaos: Practice, Discipline, A Life
“Molecular Experimentations: (Bio)art, (bio)technology and (bio)semiotics”
Deleuze and Aesthetics
On May 7th, V2_ hosts its first Bio+Art Community MeetUp. For everyone who is interested in the symbiotic relation between art and the life sciences.
This Deleuzian Century
Art, Activism, Life
According to Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) philosophy is not for the privileged few or the specialized ones: it is an activity that appeals to anyone who is attuned to the desire for the ethical life. Inspired by Spinoza’s concepts of desire and freedom, Deleuze’s ethical life is a life that aims at experimenting with sustainable ways of coping with the earth, with society, with the long term struggles and contemporary crisis that matter to us all. An ethical life defines thinking as the invention/intervention of new concepts and takes the risk of working with them in the real world. This book has been written in this spirit of free explorations of intensities. It explores the entanglements between art, activism and life in the service of training us to live ethically. Contrary to morality, which is the implementation of socially accepted rules and regulations, ethics requires an analysis of the power relations that structure our interaction as relational subjects, in order to enable us to deal with them.
The original contributions presented in this volume aim to set these ideas to work in contemporary practices, exploring the ways in which Deleuze’s thought continues to be relevant at the start of the 21st century. As a product of the “Deleuze Circle”, an open collaboration between academics situated in the Low Countries started in 2008, the chapters in this book contribute to our ongoing conversations on how to live the ethical life today in academia, in art but above all in our multiple ecologies of belonging.
Andrej Radman: Sensibility is Ground Zero: On Inclusive Disjunction and Politics of Defatalization
Sjoerd van Tuinen: Populism and Grandeur: From Marx to Arafat
Joeri Visser: The Healing Practices of Language: Artaud and Deleuze on Flesh, Mind and Expression
Frans Willem Korsten: Humile Art: Enhancing the Body’s Powers to Act – or Bringing Art (back) Down to Earth
Agnieszka Wołodźko: Materiality of Affect: How Art can Reveal the more Subtle Realities of an Encounter
Rick Dolphijn: The Revelation of a World that was Always Already There: The Creative Act as an Occupation
Jay Hetrick: The Ethico-Aesthetics of the Figure
Tom Idema: Thinking ‘a Life’: Nomadism as a Challenge for (Post-)Genomics
Henk Oosterling: Mesopolitical Interests: Rotterdam Skillcity as Rhizomatic, Ecosophical, Reflactive Event
‘Life after Nature. The Human Body under Art’s Experiment’