Bik Van der Pol
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Siegelaub / The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer And Sale Agreement
jul. 15

AS ABOVE SO BELOW in now stored in the space of Google maps
oct. 15

Bik Van der Pol on instagram and twitter
sep. 16

Public Space? Lost and Found, MIT Press
apr. 17

Public Space? Lost and Found, a collection of essays, projects, and interviews on the shape and status of public space-making in art and architecture today, produced by ACT and distributed by MIT Press.

School of Missing Studies, Sandberg Series n°1
aug. 17

WERE IT AS IF Beyond An Institution That Is
sep. 17

Whom does a contemporary art institute like Witte de With belong to? How are its stories told and untold? Could a staging of its exhibition history through traces, remains, and scars constitute an act of resistance against the tide of accumulation?

This publication, designed by Bardhi Haliti, follows WERE IT AS IF as a many-voiced case study that enlists the power of fragments as points of provocation to engage with methodologies of the contemporary.

Contributions by Defne Ayas, Bik Van der Pol, Manuel Borja-Villel, Marianna Hovhannisyan, Brian Kuan Wood, Doreen Mende, Peter Osborne, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Samuel Saelemakers, Terry Smith, Ana Teixeira Pinto.
Launches at Printed Matter NewYorkArtBookFair at PS1, September 24, 12-13 h, with the presence of Terry Smith, and at Printroom, Rotterdam, on October 27.

WERE IT AS IF - Beyond An Institution That Is, published by Witte de With, selected as one of the [ Best Designed Books 2017

Syndrome of the Present
mar. 18

Syndrome of the Present, research project initiated by Galit Eilat. Syndrome od the Present is a research based project deriving from the fields of visual art. It aspires to establish a collaborative, cross disciplinary platform, shared between artists and experts from diverse geographies and disciplines. A platform, which enables collective thinking in order to analyse the Present’s syndrome and the present as syndrome.
First seminar, Yeni Camii, Thessaloniki January 2018; second seminar Izmir/Istanbul, May 2018

Hollandse Meesters
dec. 18

Hollandse Meesters in the 21st Century is a series of 15 min. long portraits of artists working in The Netherlands. Filmdirector Ivan Barbosa made a portrait featuring Bik Van der Pol (2018)

Take Part - Is There Room in San Francisco for San Francisco? 2018-2020
apr. 19

With Take Part, Bik Van der Pol Take Part seek to create a shared public vision of the city by anchoring discussions about its past, present, and future, as well as its challenges and opportunities, to a tangible object—a thousand-square-foot scale model of San Francisco built in the late 1930s—at the city’s public libraries. Take Part involves a multitude of voices in discussions and inviting participants from diverse backgrounds, skills, and ages to infuse the scale model with their perspectives. Public libraries, the primary site for the project, were once and continue to be a core infrastructure of public culture in the United States. Take Part explores the potential of the public role of these hubs for citizenship and communal gatherings, and pillars of public life.

Take Part - Is There Room in San Francisco for San Francisco? is a project by Bik Van der Pol, commissioned by Public Knowledge at SFMOMA in partnership with San Francisco Public Library.

In the vacuum of GwangJu’s Uprising: Everlasting Struggles
may. 19

A conversation between Binna Choi and Liesbeth Bik in newspaper Nossa Voz (Our Voice), published by Casa do Povo (Sao Paulo)

download pdf here

Ujazdowski Castle, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw
may. 19

Research residency investigating the collection, archives and history of Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, in collaboration with a curator Joanna Zielinska.
Point of departure is to explore how performative practices are reflected in the artefacts collection and/or in the institution’s archive. Understanding the center as a performing institution strongly built on the methodology developed by Academia Ruchu, we will explore the potential and impact of role distribution, choreography and the creation of a script, building from and with the many voices involved in this institution as a center for artist's practices.
(the research residency is supported by Mondriaan Foundation)

Whole Life Academy, May 19 - May 25, 2019, Dresden
may. 19

The Whole Life Academy is a nomadic curriculum that launches itself from questions in relation to the Archiv der Avantgaen (AdA) and the potentiality of its current moment of transformation. From there, the Academy groups will attempt to contextualize these questions, objects, thoughts, or proposals within other locations in Dresden – linking the historical narratives, promises, and productions of the Western Avant-garde to the historical processes of its host city. More soon.

Podcast on Kitchen Sisters
aug. 19

Stories from the model city

Far Too Many Stories to Fit into so Small a Box, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw
oct. 19

Exhibition project Far Too Many Stories to Fit into so Small a Box by Bik Van der Pol, based on the collection and archives of the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art. Bik Van der Pol critically examine – from the vantage point of outsiders – its history as well as take on board its founding myth and remind of the creator of its concept in the early nineties, Wojciech Krukowski, art historian and founder of the avant-garde theatre Akademia Ruchu (Academy of Movement). Concept, research and script by Bik Van der Pol, curator Joanna Zielinska, Visual Identification by Fontarte, Exhibition Design by Matosek Niezgoda, Choreography Ania Nowak, Performers Agnieszka Ay?en Kaim, Mamadou Góo Bâ, Billy Morgan, Ania Nowak, Jagoda Szymkiewicz, Soundscape Wojtek Blecharz.

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Workshop: Through the looking glass at UNIDEE-Citta del Arte, Biella
nov. 19

Bik Van Der Pol's workshop is part of the UNIDEE fall term titled MODES OF INSTITUTING, dedicated to imagining the role of art organizations in times of perennial crisis, discussing what their future(s) in the next twenty years will be. A group of eight international applicants is selected to follow a two-weeks programme of workshops and conferences.

The Point: Stories that must be told. Workshop at Siena Art Institute
nov. 19

The Point: Stories that must be told

Siena is in many ways a city full of things we do not immediately see. Behind the medieval facades, life, separate from the tourists that trod the city’s streets, is continuously taking shape. Parallel stories, intersecting, crossing through, horizontally and vertically, above and below, give shape to a complex layering of time and space. Witnesses of a collective endeavour of an understanding of the self as a part of a collective whole. The Point: Stories that must be told, presents the voices that a city can speak with as setting for interaction, and narratives of history, myth and fantasy. In collaboration with Radio Arte.

On the exhibition Far Too Many Stories to Fit Into so Small a Box
dec. 19

Exhibition Far Too Many Stories to Fit Into so Small a Box featured by Weronika Trojansnka in MetropolisM

Review by Adam Mazur. See english translation here

Review by Stach Szablowski, english translation here


mar. 20

Library Users: A Virtual Debate Among Artists on How and Why Libraries Matter to Them, a virtual debate between Liesbeth Bik and Jos van der Pol, Luísa Cunha, Candida Höfer, and Jyrki Siukonen, moderated by Penelope Curtis

Bik Van der Pol

Real life has to become marvelous

Time to act not to Dream