“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow”Woodrow Wilson
sep '22Wild Summer of Art - Brutus, Rotterdam
Wild Summer of Art Part 1 Wild Summer of Art Part 2, a group show in two parts of 180 Rotterdam based artists, curated by Piet de Jonge (former curator of the Van Abbemuseum, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Museum Kröller-Müller), Jessy Koeiman (curator Collective Learning, Art Institute Melly) and Liesbeth Bik (part of Bik Van der Pol, artist).
aug '22Levend Landschap/Living Landscape, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
Levend Landschap/Living Landscape, with works from Jeroen Jongeleen, Bik Van der Pol, Tone Bjordam, Marisca Voskamp, and works from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Kröller-Müller Museum, Museum Rotterdam, Dordrechts Museum, Rijksmuseum, National Archives, Stadsarchief Rotterdam and Gemeentearchief Schiedam, emphasizing six centuries of the Maas delta, one of the most densely populated areas in Europe.
mei '22These Birds of Temptation – intercalations 6
Our text Speechless: Some Notes About Birds, in this beautiful 436 pages thick book. Order here. Edited by Anna-Sophie Springer & Etienne Turpin, published by K.Verlag and HKW
These Birds of Temptation. Edited by Anna-Sophie Springer & Etienne Turpin. With contributions by Eddie Bartley, Ari Bayuaji, Bik Van der Pol, David Bonter, Xavi Bou, Tiffany Bozic, Lêna Bùi, Bertolt Brecht, Wallace Craig, Mark Dion, Andreas Doepke, Jimmie Durham, Anne Geene, Sophia Gräfe, Mary Ellen Hannibal, Nina Katchadourian, Bernie & Kat Krause, Barbara Marcel, Anaïs Nin, Arjan de Nooy, Megan Prelinger, John Paul Ricco, David Rothenberg, Juliana Spahr, Bruno Schulz, Anna-Sophie Springer, Frank Steinheimer, Yoko Tawada, Anna Tsing, Etienne Turpin, and Francesca Woodman. Design in collaboration with Katharina Tauer.
K. Verlag and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2021
apr '22Did you know...?
Did you know that ...Little Liars was the name of radio receivers in Soviet Union that would receive only a certain government approved frequency (the same formula was used in North Korea.) You could listen to “Voice of America” in USSR, but mere exposure to an opposite side of propaganda had tragic effects as well: a number of guerrilla fighters stayed for many years with radio receivers in forests of USSR-occupied countries like Lithuania waiting for “Americans to come.”
Cited from Raimundas Malasauskas, text for Plug in 28, Van Abbe Museum)
Little Liars (collection from Kyiv, models 1-9), consists of nine unique bronze casts of one-channel radios, collected by Bik Van der Pol at flee-markets and from private persons during a residency in Kyiv. 'Little Liars' was the (nick)name of these radio receivers in the Soviet Union, that would receive one single frequency controlled entirely by the state. Usually installed in the kitchen, they had to be part of every Soviet household, and were the only source of information about events in the Soviet Union and the rest of the world. As part of their continuous research on how knowledge affect a community or society, Bik Van der Pol investigated how information about the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl was disseminated to the public, and how the events following this event have implanted and continue to manifest in the private and public life of Ukraine.
In the casting process one single duplicate is cast from an original object. The original, the mould, is destroyed to remove the cast item, while every detail, inscription, mark, or structure, is conserved in the bronze, a material that is traditionally used to cast monuments and public sculptures.
Little Liars (collection from Kyiv, models 1-9). Little Liars used to be the (nick)name of the radio receivers in the Soviet Union. These radios would receive only one single frequency. Usually installed in the kitchen, they were part of every Soviet household, and had to be on all day. They were the one and only source of information about what took place in the Soviet Union and the rest of the world. Like the newspapers also this medium was controlled entirely by the state.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place "Early in an introductory geology course, one begins to understand that rocks are not nouns but verbs— visible evidence of. processes: a volcanic eruption, the accretion of a coral reef, the growth of a mountain belt. Everywhere one looks, rocks bear witness to events that unfolded over long stretches of time". (Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World, by Marcia Bjornerud, pp. 8)
WHAT IS THIS WORLD?
Life Once More by Sven Lutticken
Interview with Bik Van der Pol by Lucie Kolb & Gabriel Flückiger in Issue 21 (New) Institution(alism), Both a radical and mild change
The Chorus and the Contemporary Ruin by Maeve Connolly. See also: Public Arena
On lazyness and boredom, Sven Lutticken
The School of Missing Studies at Sandberg Institute 2013-2015
Art Meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy, Louwrien Wijers 1990
The World Question Center James Lee Byars 1998
mrt '22Relative Time/Little Time Speaker Series
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 concentrate on the flow or pace of current time, especially in relation to past time. VIEW LECTURES HERE
With in 2021:
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
Jonas Staal: Friday, October 8, 2021
Etienne Turpin & Anna-Sophie Springer
Denise Ferreira da Silva
Andrea Robbins & Max Becher
Steven Duval & Marina McDougall
Arthur Anyaduba, Melanie Braith, Sean Matharoo, & Melanie Unrau
A Catastrophe is Unfolding: Nikita Kadan on the Situation in Kyiv: "We urgently need your solidarity. Please demand that your governments shut down Ukraine airspace. We are being bombed. Please demand sanctions. Please find a way to stop Putin. Our country is already partly in ruins and the situation is deteriorating every day. We know there are hard times ahead. After the war will come famine, and then we will really need your help. If we speak about the needs of the artistic scene – we’ll need your support to reconstruct our cultural institutions and to restart our artistic lives, by increasing visibility for Ukrainian artists. But, ultimately, this is not about saving Ukrainians; it’s about protecting yourselves, too. We are all in danger, because this is a war against the very idea of democracy and human rights."
Atlas of places
Cahier and Webinar on Universal Basic Income (Dutch only)Hollandse Meesters
CENTRE PARRHÈSIA, The Society of the Friends...AND
16 Beaver Group
Naomi Klein in InterceptSURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM MEETS THE CORONAVIRUS SHOCK DOCTRINE
disobedient objects: everyday items that have been turned to a new purpose
TURN ON, TUNE IN, COP OUT By Steven Warwick, Texte Zur Kunst
Seth Siegelaub: The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer And Sale Agreement (1971)
A New Bauhaus? The Debate for a More Inclusive Europe, by Hicham Khalidi en Rolando Vázque
feb '22WHAT IS THIS WORLD?
What is this world? connects many perspectives on and of the world, and to explore and exchange these different perspectives in dialogue, in the format of a live rehearsal, improv performance, dialogue, live tv set, in collaboration with groups and individuals reflecting on making change.
15.01 - 20.02 2022
PARK, platform for contemporary visual arts,Tilburg
Overvloed, onbehagen en verlies, review (NL) by Manus Groenen in MetropolisM
Tea with the world, performance by Helena Araújo, February 11
What is this world: a genealogy: Soundcollective Het Concreet worksessions, and a public presentation of February 20: unfortunately, this live performance cannot take place due to corona. The presentation will be postponed until further notice.
jan '22School of Casablanca
A dérive through Casablanca, history and minds. A public programme by Bik van der Pol in two parts, November 2021, and June 2022.
Throughout November, meetings and discussions took place in Casablanca with various cultural actors; Bert Flint, Mamma Group/Lahbib El Moumni, Mohamed Rachdi, Kenza Sefrioui, Sabrina Kamili, Florence Darsi, Maud Houssais, Fatima-Zahra Lakrissa, Maria Karim, Mohamed Jibril, Mehdi Azdem and Eric Van Hove.
In June 2022, as an extension of their artistic practice focused on encounter and collaboration, BIk Van der Pol invites Fatima Mazmouz to embody Casablanca mon amour- Résistants, 2014-2018.
The School of Casablanca is a collaborative project that takes as its starting point the legacy of the Casablanca Art School and its innovative pedagogical methods and exhibition strategies in 1960s Morocco.
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 Casablanca Art School—a school that developed innovative education and exhibition strategies in 1960s Morocco. During a residency in Casablanca between 2021–2022/23, 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, and Abdeslam Ziou Ziou.
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