Bik Van der Pol (22/06/11)

Two people cleaning rocks

Bik Van der Pol, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, June 2011

Bik Van der Pol explore the potential of art to produce and transmit knowledge. Their practice is based on cooperation between the diverse communities they work with and the artists themselves. As a research entity, Bik Van der Pol is interested in creating situations that facilitate communication. They often work on location using, reusing and reactivating spaces, forms and situations where people meet to exchange thoughts and ideas: a library, a public picnic place, a mobile cinema, a sports field . . . mediators they deliberately attempt to influence the cultural climate and transform it in a constructive manner by ameliorating situations, adding what is lacking, illuminating things that are in darkness, and opening up issues in public. Rather than add yet another new idea to the production and consumption of knowledge, they allow something to outgrow its original roots, boundaries or limitations. More…

Liesbeth Bik and Jos Van der Pol have been working collectively as Bik Van der Pol since 1995. They live and work in Rotterdam. Recent exhibitions include MACRO, Rome; Western Front, Vancouver; CCA, Glasgow; Lyon Biennale. They have also published several books including the ongoing series Past Imperfect (2005, 2007), Fly Me To The Moon and +82 (2006), The Lost Moment  (2007), Instanbul, 29 Locations (2007), and Public Arena (2009).