Welcome to an evening with artist duo Bik Van der Pol, who will discuss their working practice and approach to research, followed by a Q & A session. This event marks the launch of the artists’ latest project, commissioned by Volt, which will take place in Bergen in 2021–22.
Encompassing performance, publications, curating and public projects, Bik Van der Pol’s practice explores archives, collections and local histories. Through their work, the duo aims to understand and articulate how art can generate a public space for speculation and imagination. This includes forms of mediation through which publicness is not only defined but also created. Their work is informed by research into how to activate situations to create platforms for communication and encounter, while also enabling continuous reconfigurations of place, history and public space. Taking a site-specific and collaborative approach, Bik Van der Pol see dialogue as a vital component of their practice and the means by which to engender new understandings and forms of discourse.