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? 2018-2020
apr. 19

With Take Part, Bik Van der Pol Take Part 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 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, produced by ACT and distributed by MIT Press.

publication, designed by Bardhi Haliti, follows WERE IT AS IF as a many-voiced case study that enlists the power of fragments 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.

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, published by Sternberg Press, co-published with Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam

A conversation between Binna Choi and Liesbeth Bik in newspaper Nossa Voz (Our Voice), published by Casa do Povo (Sao Paulo)
download pdf here

Take Part: Update
apr. 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.

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

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. Bik Van der Pol critically examine – from the vantage point of outsiders – its history as well as take on board its founding myth and remind of the creator of its concept in the early nineties, Wojciech Krukowski, art historian and founder of the avant-garde theatre Akademia Ruchu (Academy of Movement). Concept, research and script by Bik Van der Pol, 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.

see for recent
political developments: here
and here

Exhibition Far Too Many Stories to Fit Into so Small a Box featured by Weronika Trojansnka in MetropolisM
Review by Adam Mazur. See english translation here
Review by Stach Szablowski, english translation here

Far Too many Stories To Fit Into So Small A Box. See the performances online now
apr. 20

LAST WEEK, April 28-May 5: final live performances: see program here

Watch the performances (subtitled) by Agnieszka Ayen Kaim, Mamadou Góo Bâ, Billy Morgan, Ania Nowak, Jagoda Szymkiewicz.

and listen to the Soundscape by Wojtek Blecharz based on the script by Bik Van der Pol

more on Far Too many Stories To Fit Into So Small A Box

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


Now What?
aug. 20

Fieldwork International Summerschool, 4-5 September online, 10am-2pm GMT
With curators Binna Choi, Galit Eilat, Tessa Giblin, and artists Ashanti Harris and Olivia Plender. In addition, the film What is Democracy? by film-maker Astra Taylor will be screened. Programmed with Bik Van der Pol.

Upcoming: School of Casablanca
sep. 20

KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Sharjah Art Foundation, in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Marokko and ThinkArt, initiated a collaborative venture in 2020–2022/23 revolving around the approach of the School of Casablanca—a school that developed innovative education and exhibition strategies in 1960s Morocco.
An integral part of the venture is a residency in Casablanca, Morocco that will take place from 2020–2022/23, during which time residents 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
sep. 20

In collaboration with TAAK and the association Public Art Amsterdam, Artists Bik Van der Pol are developing the artistic research project Don't Fence Me In. This work responds to the removal of a work by Peter Struycken from De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) in Amsterdam, which has to make way to create a more transparent appearance of the building. The fencing to which the artwork is attached would become 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.

Bik Van der Pol

Art is either plagiarism or revolution

Paul Gauguin