Past Imperfect
Past Imperfect (ongoing) explores the
relations between the radical output of the
conceptual art of the ‘60s and ’70s and
everyday life, gradually moving on to include
how radical ideas from the past are linked to
those of today. In all corners of life –
politics, literature, intelligence, science –
radical actions, even if they seem to have
disappeared in oblivion, influence and shape
the public arena.
So far, Past Imperfect contains 82 cases.,
which are brought together in Casco Issues:
PAST IMPERFECT
(2005).
This publication, designed by Wil Holder, is
the result of a research by Bik van der Pol
with Lisette Smits and Wil Holder - intensely
guided by curiosity, amazement and suspicion,
accepting the risk of being totally incomplete
or overly thorough.
Past Imperfect searches for hidden pasts by
lifting stones and poking underneath;
collecting cases around notions on
disappearance, perfection, excessive control,
compulsion and withdrawal – as varied as causal
developments, state fiction and ambiguity,
coincidental histories, preservation and



 
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Past Imperfect
destruction, dark politics, the haunting of
artifacts and economical speculation, erasure,
protection, the impossible made possible, and
much more.
 
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