"Ideas You Believe Are Absurd Ultimately Lead to Success"
October, Sat. 22, 6:30 PM, 98Weeks Project Space

In this presentation, which may interest public space artists and urban planning professionals alike, the renowned Dutch artists Bik van der Pol will present their practice and methods and discuss the different aspects, problematics and potential of working in public space. Rather than produce objects, their work responds to the specifics of an exhibition, a site, a community, creating a response which calls into question the norms of institutions, information, public spaces, community boundaries, and discourses. Their work uses a creative, aesthetic, critical approach to invent a corresponding response which might take the form of a book, a billboard, a built environment or a sign on a traveling truck. Their art investigates methods of working and the potential of art to produce and transmit knowledge. They describe their working method as one which engages with "functionality, site sensitivity and negotiation at an institutional and intimate, local level. Generation of knowledge and memory as a necessary potential for dialogue and the development of a certain level of understanding is one of its main objectives."

Biography: Bik Van der Pol work collectively since 1995. They live and work in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Bik Van der Pol explore the potential of art to produce and transmit knowledge. Their working method is based on co-operation and research methods activating situations to create platforms for various kinds of communicative activities. Recent solo shows and projects include Are you really sure a floor can’t also be a ceiling? ENEL Award 2010, MACRO museum, Rome (2010); It isn’t what it used to be and will never be again, CCA Glasgow (2009); I’ve got something in my eye, Marie Louise Hessel Museum/CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2008); Nomads in Residence/No.19, a mobile workspace for artists, Utrecht (2003, with Korteknie Stuhlmacher architects). Recent group shows include: The Future of Pumphouse, Pumphouse gallery, London (2011); We are Grammar, Pratt Institute, New York (2011); Learning from Vancouver, Western Front, Vancouver (2010); Portscapes, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2010). Forthcoming shows will include: Street of Sculptures, Bijlmer, Amsterdam (2011/2012); A Retrospective Future, CAC VOX, Montreal (2011); Living As Form, Creative Time, New York (2011). They curated Too late, too little, (and how) to fail gracefully, Kunstfort Asperen, ww.kunstfortasperen.nl (2011). See for more information on their work: www.bikvanderpol.net.