what it used to be and will never be again
CCA GlasgowIt isn't what it used to be and will never be again
For this solo exhibition in CCA, Glasgow, entitled It isnt what it used to be and will never be again (with reference to La révolution n'est plus ce qu'elle était, by Henri Lefebvre with Catherine Régulier, 1978), Bik Van der Pol have brought together works that are are hoovering around questions of information, what distribution of information might or might not set off in the public realm, and if action can, should or is tak(e)(ing) place when seemingly nothing seems to happen.
They also asked the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra to make a musical score for their video-film Art Is either Plagiarism or Revolution, or: Something Is Definitely Going to Happen Here. This film was the result of a performance, and was made as part of Differentiated Neighborhoods, a project initiated by Belgrade based curator Zoran Eric.
Shot during a day-long rehearsal, starting with the film as a source, the members of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra embarked on an investigation, questioning what it is that makes something happening at some point, using the language of music as their tool.
speculating on free improvisation, the process of decision-making and the dynamics of interaction and dialogue, this resulted in a combination of image and sound, accompanying the film as part of a double screen video installation.
Next to this new work, the exhibition It isn't what it used to be and will never be again consisted of the following works:
Trinity, April 2, 2005, New Mexico
Art is either plagiarism or revolution (consisting of film, HDV, 30 min., 2007; lightbox, 2008; (flickering) neon 400 cm x 30 cm, 2008)
Disappearance Piece, 1998/2007
Red, Yellow, Blue, Gray, 2009 (Architecture design and wall divisions)
It isn't what it used to be and will never be again is accompanied by a publication with contributions from the following writers and artists; Francis McKee, Anthony Iles, Jan Verwoert, Fiona Jardine, Neil Davids, Jon Bywater, Neil Gray, Darren Rhymes, Angelique Campens, Alexander Trocchi, Camcorder Guerillas, Sarah Pierce, Simon Yuill, Sarah Tripp and Bik Van der Pol. The complete publication is now available for download here