Bik Van der Pol articulated the concept for KunstFort Asperen 2011- titled Too late, too little, (and how) to fail gracefully inspired by the irony of Forts military past. The project reflects on the theme of intruders, and looks critically and with some irony to to societal boundaries and barriers. When do we perceive the other as a threat? How are social barriers erected and how are these undermined?
Does this indeed offer the desired safety and protection? Or is it merely a mental construct?
Too late, too little, (and how) to fail gracefully consisted of an exhibition and public program with lectures, film screenings, outdoor installations, and performances. Bik Van der Pol set up a team of Special Forces, which included Nathalie Hartjes
Participating Artists: Lara Almarcegui, Tarek Atoui, Marc Bijl, the Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and non-Knowledge (Mobile Academy), André Cadère/Alain Fleischer, Critical Art Ensemble, Teddy Cruz, Martijn Engelbrecht, Tim Etchells, Harun Farocki, Jeroen Jongeleen, Zachary Formwalt, Freddy Heineken, Runa Islam, Otto Karvonen, Jasper Niens, Navid Nuur, Cesare Pietroiuisti, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Hito Steyerl, Pilvi Takala, Javier Telléz, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, The Yes Men, Artur Zmijewski.
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