Bik Van der Pol
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1440 minutes towards the development of a site
Project developed for One Day Sculpture in
collaboration with Elam School of Fine Arts

Free speech is again under pressure worldwide
especially since 9/11, giving governments the
ability to transcend the rule of law in the
name of the public good. The way this situation
has played out in New Zealand is highlighted by
the Electoral Finance Bill, which having passed
into law in 2007, has just recently been
repealed by the current National government.
Under this law, individuals or groups of New
Zealanders faced restrictions on what they
could say for or against a political party, and
enforced fiscal restrictions on each political
campaign. Critics called this bill an attack on
free speech. At the time, Justice Minister
Annette King dismissed these claims stating it
only restricted speech that is paid for, not
free speech.

Contradictions abound within the all pervasive,
present state of capitalism, which in itself is
conversely under threat.
Where is the line between a voice that is free
and one that is censored? Is there a state of
1440 minutes towards the development of a site
anticipation for much needed action, or have we
reached a too-exhausted state for action to
have agency? Could consciousness be re-engaged
by meditating on the workings of time?

Activating a site in a state of waiting and
anticipation, Bik Van der Pol tap the social
and political histories of Albert Park in
Auckland, focusing on the use of this city park
as a place for raising awareness.
Adjacent to the University of Auckland, Albert
Park has often staged the radical gestures of
the student community, centralised around the
platform of the band rotunda. In particular
this place was celebrated as a free zone in
Bik Van der Pol with the student community
retraced this proposition to build a site that
is suggestive of a free space, outside the
complex feeding of capitalist co-option and
manipulated thought, by employing the construct
of time. Time itself was used as a material to
sculpt a site that posits the potential for
action to take effect and re-engage
consciousness. After all a day is a proposition
and a speculation.