“You talking to me?”
with Bik Van der Pol

Oct 12-Oct 18, 2012


In this workshop, participants will travel by taxis, talk with drivers, record their conversations, and return with stories which will be disseminated by public radio during hours negotiated with a radio station. The taxi will be regarded as social place, as carrier and interface of public voice, knowledge/history, often across generations. By choosing the taxi, the project also subtly touches upon two major urban management issues in present-day Beirut: lack of public space (spaces of collectivity) and transportation.

A list of topics to be discussed during the taxi rides will form the backbone of the project. The space of 98 weeks will function as a hub where workshop participants and/or interested visitors/public can listen to the recordings, and where the construction of a large city map will be a central work in process. That map will connect the gathered insights and knowledge to places. During the workshop invited speakers will reflect on public space, mapping and the forming of collective memory.

The workshop is open for all practitioners, if you are interested please send us an email with some documentation of your work by Oct 5, 2012: info@98weeks.net

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). See for more information on their work: www.bikvanderpol.net.

 The workshop is supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Beirut