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apr. 17
Public Space? Lost and Found
mar. 17
Offshore: artists explore the sea, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
feb. 17
UPCOMING: Greater Together, ACCA, Melbourne, 8 Jul–17 Sep 2017
jan. 17
Selección Natural – This is the Cover of the Book, Curated by Moritz Küng, February 9 – April 9, 2017
oct. 16
WERE IT AS IF, Witte de With, 2016: visuals
oct. 16
HO HO HO!......:Sorry! NO We Don’t Do REQUESTS
sep. 16
Fly Me To The Moon, Sternberg Press
sep. 16
Bik Van der Pol on instagram and twitter
jan. 16
Future Light, Vienna Biennale 2016, online publication
dec. 15
Video Essays participants School of Missing Studies, 31st Bienale of Sao Paulo, 2014
oct. 15
AS ABOVE SO BELOW in now stored in Google maps
aug. 15
Bik Van der Pol X Charlemagne Palestine, MetropolisM, Vol.3/2015
jul. 15
Abstract Habitats: Installations of Coexistence and Coevolution. Sven Lütticken
sep. 14
What if the moon were just a jump away? Publication of script based on research on Participatory Budget
jul. 13
With Love From The Kitchen
jul. 13
Fly Me To The Moon
jul. 13

Fly Me To The Moon

Published by Sternberg Press

www.sternberg-press.com

Texts by Jennifer Allen, Wouter Davidts, Frans Von der Dunk, Bik Van der Pol, Jane Rendell

Suppose the New Rijksmuseum were in the market for a site on the moon, some time in the near or distant future. Would it be sensible, or nonsensical, for the Rijksmuseum to purchase a lunar plot where it can safely house its collection?

Since the “discovery” of the moon, people have laid claim to it, whether symbolic or genuine. The moon has resources that could potentially be extracted using technologies yet to be developed. What is more, it may become possible for people to live on the moon someday. Pending future developments, there is a lively Internet trade in deeds to pieces of the moon, available at bargain prices. The legality of this form of private enterprise is obviously debatable, and yet ...

Bik Van der Pol took as core item of the project one of the oldest objects in the collection of the Rijksmuseum: a moon rock. The crew of the first manned lunar landing mission, Apollo 11, brought this rock back to earth in 1969. That same year the three astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins visited the Netherlands. Willem Drees, a former Dutch prime minister, received the rock on that occasion as a present from the United States ambassador. And later, this piece of stone was donated to the Rijksmuseum.

The moon rock creates links between the site of the museum, the city, the collection and its own origins. These links are examined from various perspectives. In the background are questions concerning the public and private significance of a collection, as well as questions of public interest.

Design by Ben Laloua/Didier Pascal
2006, English
14 x 21 cm, 186 pages, 40 color ill., hardcover
ISBN 978-1-933128-20-7
€25.00