collection from Kiev, models 1-9Little Liars
'Little Liars' was the (nick)name of the radio receivers in the Soviet Union that would receive only one single frequency. These radios, usually installed in the kitchen, were part of every Soviet household, and had to be on all day. They were the only source of information on what took place in the rest of the world, and as the newspapers also this medium was controlled entirely by the state.
Little Liars (collection from Kiev, models 1-9), consists of nine unique bronze casts of these radios, which were collected by Bik Van der Pol at flee-markets and from private persons during a residency in Kiev. As part of their continuous research on the effect of knowledge –or the lack thereof- on a community or society, Bik Van der Pol investigate how information was disseminated to the public, and how the events following the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl have implanted and continue to manifest themselves in the private and public life.
Asa result of the casting process, the original radios have been fully replaced by the bronze material. However, every detail, inscription, mark and structure, is conserved in the bronze, a material that is traditionally used to cast monuments and public sculptures.
This process, called ‘lost-wax casting’ or ‘cire perdue’, is the process by which one single duplicate is cast from an original sculpture. Materials other than wax can be used (in this case radios) and the mould is destroyed to remove the cast item.
Little Liars was previously presented at Bethanienhaus in Berlin (2006), and as the entire collection at the Moscow Biennial (2007) and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2013).
At the Van Abbe Museum, as part of Plug In 28 (2007-2009) this work speculated on access to past, present and future by means of a museumcollection. Next to Little Liars (collection from Kiev, models 1-9, 2006/2007), Bik van der Pol present Loompanics and Kiev, 18-3-2006 (version for slideprojector).
Also presented in Plug In where Pay Attention (1973) by Bruce Nauman, a weapon license on the name of the director of Van Abbe Museum, and three works by On Kawara (13 Jan. 1973, 1973; July 4 1973, 1973 ; and Lat. 31'25*N, Long. 8'41*E, 1965).
Plug In further unfolded as a precise choreography of three Acts, conceived by Bik Van der Pol; in time, works were replaced by others during three alternating presentations.