Bik Van der Pol
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AS ABOVE SO BELOW in now stored in the space of Google maps
oct. 15

Bik Van der Pol on instagram and twitter
sep. 16

Take Part - Is There Room in San Francisco for San Francisco? 2018-2021
apr. 19

With Take Part, Bik Van der Pol seek to create a shared public vision of the city by anchoring discussions about its past, present, and future, as well as its challenges and opportunities, to a tangible object—a thousand-square-foot scale model of San Francisco built in the late 1930s—at the city’s 29 public libraries. Take Part involves a multitude of voices in discussions and inviting participants from diverse backgrounds, skills, and ages to infuse the scale model with their perspectives. Public libraries, the primary site for the project, were once and continue to be a core infrastructure of public culture in the United States. Take Part explores the potential of the public role of these hubs for citizenship and communal gatherings, and pillars of public life.

Take Part - Is There Room in San Francisco for San Francisco? is a project by Bik Van der Pol, commissioned by Public Knowledge at SFMOMA in partnership with San Francisco Public Library.

see also: this website

mar. 20

Public Space? Lost and Found, a collection of essays, projects, and interviews on the shape and status of public space-making in art and architecture today. MIT Press.

WERE IT AS IF, many-voiced case study that enlists the power of archival fragments of this institution, as points of provocation to engage with methodologies of the contemporary. Contributions by Defne Ayas, Bik Van der Pol, Manuel Borja-Villel, Marianna Hovhannisyan, Brian Kuan Wood, Doreen Mende, Peter Osborne, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Samuel Saelemakers, Terry Smith, Ana Teixeira Pinto. Designed by Bardhi Haliti.

School of Missing Studies, Contributions by Liz Allan, Bik Van der Pol, Charles Esche, E. C. Feiss, Laymert Garcia dos Santos, Sarah Pierce, Eloise Sweetman, Paulo Tavares, Nato Thompson. Design by Anja Groten. Sandberg Series n°1. Sternberg Press

In the vacuum of the Gwangju Uprising: endless struggles. A conversation between Binna Choi and Liesbeth Bik in newspaper Nossa Voz (Our Voice), Casa do Povo (Sao Paulo). download pdf here

Far Too Many Stories to Fit into so Small a Box, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw
apr. 20

Exhibition project Far Too Many Stories to Fit into so Small a Box by Bik Van der Pol, based on the collection and archives of the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art. Curator Joanna Zielinska, Visual Identification by Fontarte, Exhibition Design by Matosek Niezgoda, Choreography Ania Nowak, Performers Agnieszka Ay?en Kaim, Mamadou Góo Bâ, Billy Morgan, Ania Nowak, Jagoda Szymkiewicz, Soundscape Wojtek Blecharz.

Take Part #GuessWhereSF Instagram
may. 20

#GuessWhereSF Then and Now. Scale model sliding then and now images, part of the Take Part #GuessWhereSF Instagram series #takepartsf

Take Part: Update
jun. 20

Take Part is a project by Bik Van der Pol, seeks to create a shared public vision of the city by anchoring discussions about its past, present and future, to the tangible: a 1000 square foot detailed wooden scale model of the city built in the late 1930s by the WPA under the New Deal program.
(due to coronacrisis the final stage of this project is postponed)

San Francisco model on David Rumsey's website
Stories from the model city and 99percentinvisible
on Living New Deal
SF WAP model at Libraries

Now What?
aug. 20

Now What?, Fieldwork International Summerschool, Hospitalfield, Arbroath, Scotland. 4-5 September online, 10am-2pm GMT
With curators Binna Choi, Galit Eilat, Tessa Giblin, and artists Ashanti Harris and Olivia Plender, and a screening of the film What is Democracy? by film-maker Astra Taylor. Programmed by Bik Van der Pol.

The School of Missing Studies
sep. 20

The School of Missing Studies started in 2003 as a collective made-up of artists and architects, who recognized the missing as a matter of urgency in public space and how cultural education was so close yet so far removed from cultural production. They investigated what cultures laid the foundations for the loss that we are experiencing from modernization, and how we can learn from this loss. The School of Missing Studies is calling for a space to turn existing knowledge against itself to affect our capacity to see things otherwise, to trust that seeing, and to set our own pedagogical terms.

Coming Soon: Speechless
jan. 21

Speechless: Some Notes About Birds by Bik Van der Pol, in These Birds of Temptation, Intercalations 6, edited by Anna-Sophie Springer & Etienne Turpin, published by K.Verlag

A Living Newspaper - study group
mar. 21

This three -part Study Group is part of the preparations for FIELDWORK International Summer School 2021. Learning, experimentation and discussion inspired by the structure and context of The Living Newspaper which ran in the USA from 1935 – 1939. With its roots in earlier European theatre models, the programmes that emerged were ambitious scripted productions which re-told and performed major stories of the day around housing, labour, disease and social stigma.

Garden State, at Garage, Rotterdam, May 1 – July 7, 2021
apr. 21

The group exhibition Garden State shows a selection of works that emphasize wild margins from our super-monitored surroundings and examine the ‘garden methodologies’ of contemporary control systems.

Upcoming: School of Casablanca
jun. 21

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 The School of Casablanca—a school that developed innovative education and exhibition strategies in 1960s Morocco.
During a residency in Casablanca between 2020–2022/23, 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, Abdeslam Ziou Ziou.

Upcoming: Don't Fence Me In
jun. 21

In collaboration with TAAK and Public Art Amsterdam, Bik Van der Pol are developing Don't Fence Me In: a film, a public program and a research platform. This project responds to the removal of the fence around the building from De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) in Amsterdam, to make way to create a more transparent appearance of the building. The fencing to which the artwork of Peter Struycken is attached becomes redundant, because of the relocation of the banknotes and gold-stock from DNB to Zeist. Bik Van der Pol's research focusses on (the illusion of) visible and invisible fences that give or deny access.

Now What: A Living Newspaper
aug. 21

Now What: A Living Newspaper FIELDWORK International Summer School organised with Bik Van der Pol
August 13-15, 2021

Reviewing: Public Arena
sep. 21

The Chorus and the Contemporary Ruin by Maeve Connolly
See: Public Arena

sep. 21

CREATIVE FUTURES ACADEMY, convened by NCAD and IMMA, offer a reflection and discussion on archives and material documents, as a way to renegotiate the past and as a blueprint for future action. Participating speakers Otolith Group, Emily Jacir and Bik Van der Pol share the ways their work and methodologies overlap with archive-based practices.

Relative Time/Little Time Speaker Series: September-December 2021
sep. 21

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 will concentrate on the flow or pace of current time, especially in relation to past time.

Research residency at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Sept 18-28
sep. 21

Bik van der Pol's research residency at MMSU is dedicated to the issues and contexts in the background of the museum’s work and collection, and way in which the public domain is shaped and narrated in the context of the city of Rijeka and its geographical and geopolitical position. They explore the collection and archive to unfold historical narratives and correlations, and give a talk about their work.

Dissolving Matter and Value, Oct 8-Nov 28, 2021
sep. 21

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

Bik Van der Pol

The hardest thing of all to see is what is really there

J.A. Baker