“The hardest thing of all to see is what is really there”J.A. Baker
okt '21Interview with Bik Van der Pol by Lucie Kolb & Gabriel Flückiger in Issue 21 (New) Institution(alism)
sep '21Dissolving Matter and Value, Oct 8-Nov 28, 2021
Dissolving Matter and Value deals with transitions from one (material) state to another and the processes of increase in value, loss of value and consumption that take place. The focus lies on the normative assumptions and the social codes that separate the valuable from the worthless. Which relationships between ecology and economy, geo and ego are produced? What is used to achieve what? What is available?What happens when value declines?
With Helin Alas, BikVanderPol, Vilte Bražiunaite & Tomas Sinkevicius, Barbara Kapusta, Robert Keil, Judith Neunhäuserer, Nina Radelfahr, at Lothringer 13 Halle, An art space of the city of Munich
sep '21Relative Time/Little Time Speaker Series: September-December 2021
Mosaic interdisciplinary critical journal invites you to join Relative Time/Little Time Speaker Series, a series of digital lectures via Zoom on what we could call relative time and its possibilities, developed in collaboration between Shep Steiner with Bik Van der Pol. The lectures will concentrate on the flow or pace of current time, especially in relation to past time.
Frédéric Neyrat (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Heliopolitics (Or How to Cure an Amnesiac Sun)”: September 17, 1:00pm CDT
Erin Manning (Concordia University), “The Untimely Impersonal”: September 22, 12:30pm CDT
Registration is required. Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 12:00pm CDT. Please indicate which lecture(s) you wish to attend. A link to the Zoom meeting will be provided to registrants on the day before each lecture.
Jonas Staal: Friday, October 8, 2021
Dominic Pettman: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Paul Huebener: Monday, November 8, 2021
Etienne Turpin & Anna-Sophie Springer: Monday, November 15, 2021
Denise Ferreira da Silva: Friday, November 19, 2021
Andrea Robbins & Max Becher: Friday, November 26, 2021
Steven Duval & Marina McDougall: Thursday, December 2, 2021
Arthur Anyaduba, Melanie Braith, Sean Matharoo, & Melanie Unrau: Friday, December 3, 2021
sep '21Research residency at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Sept 18-28
Bik van der Pol's research residency at MMSU is dedicated to the issues and contexts in the background of the museum’s work and collection, and way in which the public domain is shaped and narrated in the context of the city of Rijeka and its geographical and geopolitical position. They explore the collection and archive to unfold historical narratives and correlations, and give a talk about their work.
sep '21TIME TRAVEL & RE-IMAGINING THE PAST IN PLACE
CREATIVE FUTURES ACADEMY, convened by NCAD and IMMA, offer a reflection and discussion on archives and material documents, as a way to renegotiate the past and as a blueprint for future action. Participating speakers Otolith Group, Emily Jacir and Bik Van der Pol share the ways their work and methodologies overlap with archive-based practices.
sep '21Reviewing: Public Arena
aug '21Now What: A Living Newspaper
Now What: A Living Newspaper FIELDWORK International Summer School organised with Bik Van der Pol
August 13-15, 2021
A participatory programme of workshops, talks and performances focussing on the model and concept of The Living Newspaper, and its production process; writing, costume and prop making, performance, videography, and reflection.
With keynote presentation from choreographer and performance artist Ania Nowak, costume making workshops led by theatre designer Anna Orton and costume designer Alison Brown, filming and editing workshops led by artists Bik Van der Pol and a presentation and discussion with artist and writer Morgan Quaintance.
Leading up to the Summerschool, an online writing workshop Scoring A Living Newspaper to create prompts and scores, was led by writer and editor Laura Haynes. Three exercise study groups with writer and scholar Rania Karoula, and artists Simon Bedwell and Liz Magic Laser interpreted ‘the news’ in theatrical, artistic or performed work.
Now What: A Living Newspaper is a continuation of the Now What? Online Summerschool 2020
jun '21Upcoming: Don't Fence Me In
In collaboration with TAAK and Public Art Amsterdam, Bik Van der Pol are developing Don't Fence Me In: a film, a public program and a research platform. This project responds to the removal of the fence around the building from De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) in Amsterdam, to make way to create a more transparent appearance of the building. The fencing to which the artwork of Peter Struycken is attached becomes redundant, because of the relocation of the banknotes and gold-stock from DNB to Zeist. Bik Van der Pol's research focusses on (the illusion of) visible and invisible fences that give or deny access.
jun '21Upcoming: School of Casablanca
KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Sharjah Art Foundation, in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Marokko and ThinkArt, initiate a collaborative venture 2020–2022/23 revolving around the approach of The School of Casablanca—a school that developed innovative education and exhibition strategies in 1960s Morocco.
During a residency in Casablanca between 2020–2022/23, artists will conduct research, produce new work, and create a public program focused on the subject(s) addressed in their research.
With Céline Condorelli, Fatima-Zahra Lakrissa, Marion von Osten, Manuel Raeder, Bik Van der Pol, Abdeslam Ziou Ziou.
apr '21Garden State, at Garage, Rotterdam, May 1 – July 7, 2021
The group exhibition Garden State shows a selection of works that emphasize wild margins from our super-monitored surroundings and examine the ‘garden methodologies’ of contemporary control systems.
The concept of the exhibition is inspired by the city of Rotterdam, its port, and its landscape engineering.
Garden State presents critical reflections on land use, reclamation, mapping, militarism and territory, urban growth, industrial technologies, and their repercussions on nature and ecosystems.
With: Marwa Arsanios, Felicity Hammond, Manjot Kaur, Esther Kokmeijer, Hilda Moucharrafieh, Katja Novitskova, Piet Oudolf, Bik Van der Pol, Amir Yatziv
Curated by Fadwa Naama