Between A Rock And A Hard Place is a project consisting of a cleaning performance, a film and a big event on August 18, 2012. From the material recorded on this day, a film and a vinyl record will be made.
In June 2011, Bik Van der Pol cleaned a sample of black rock located in the centre of Sudbury
for the duration of four days, during a performative action. The black rocks are a crucial element to the city’s environment; the history of Sudbury as a mining city
has not only had an impact on the layout of the city and the everyday life of its citizens. It has also had — and continues to have — an impact on the environment, visible in the pitted, charred and eroded black surfaces throughout Sudbury. This is a place where the circle of earth and “unearthing” is very much present, and experiencing the embodiment of this process is intense; what comes out of the earth’s “body” directly affects this same body as well.
Well aware that cleaning this small area will not solve the dilemma of global usage of the earth, the act of cleaning this rock emphasizes a certain responsibility to exchange one labour for another,