okt '15

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

For Living as Form, organized by Creative Time, Bik Van der Pol made a work in 3 parts: a site-specific public text piece on the empty parking lots adjacent to the Essex Street Market to be incorporated in Google Earth, daily walking tours in collaboration with NY citizens open to visitors, and a publication.

The phrase of the text piece, As Above, So Below, points towards the contentious (re)valuation of space in the neighborhood, including vertical development and the issue of air rights, which apply to owning the space above plots of land and buildings. The text, read as abstractions from the ground, is completely legible from above. While looking into the void, one may realize that this empty space - now a parking lot - also allows us a glimpse of the future, to what will be. A look at the empty sky that at some point will crystallize and capitalize. In collaboration with Google Earth the text piece is now stored in Google's archive to immediately become part of the public (?) sphere while this empty site will be developing in time.
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on parking place between Norfolk, Delancey, Clinton, and Broome Street