Bik Van der Pol (NL)

Liesbeth Bik and Jos Van der Pol have worked collaboratively since 1995 as Bik Van der Pol. They live and work in Rotterdam. 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 of how to activate situations as to create a platform for various kinds of communicative activities.

They often work on location, use, reuse and reactivate the work of others—be they from the world of art, journalism, media or history—and confront the visitors with situations in which they themselves have the last word. Recent work include the performances What if the moon were just a jump away? (2013), Biennale of Mercosul, Porto Alegre; Not all those who wander are lost (2013) Hoog Catherijne, Utrecht; the collaborative project Between A Rock and A Hard Place (2011) in Sudbury and the Frieze project accumulate, collect, show (2011) at the Frieze Art Fair, London. They are currently the course directors of the School of Missing Studies at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.

This workshop is made possible by and in collaboration with Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art.