Bik van der Pol: It Isn't What It Used To Be And Never Will Be Again
- Talitha Kotzé
- 15 October 2009
Art out of nothing
Dutch duo Liesbeth Bik and Jos van der Pol’s current exhibition at CCA is the culmination of a two-month residency at Cove Park. There’s no beating around the bush here: it isn’t what is used to be and never will be again. Deal with it.
Derived from a Paul Gauguin quote, the film work ‘Art is either Plagiarism or Revolution, or: Something is Definitely Going to Happen Here’ takes as its starting point the unrealised Museum of the Revolution in Belgrade proposed under the Soviet regime in Yugoslavia.
Bik Van der Pol are interested in subversion, but mostly they are interested in what is at stake when you don’t do anything. Inspired by Slavoj Zizek’s idea of doing nothing as being the most violent thing you can do, the pair explore his claims that the biggest threat today is not passivity, but pseudo-activity, masking the nothingness of what goes on.
In their ‘disappearance piece’, a self-help instruction book about committing pseudocide and constructing new identity has been legally pirated and reprinted in an artist edition. This book, published by radical publisher Loompanics Unlimited, is on display alongside others covering subjects such as black collar crimes, gourmet cannabis cooking, living naked and frugal, and how to drink as much as you want and live longer.
At first glance there is very little going on here, but give yourself time to work through the material and the nothingness might start to show through.
CCA, Glasgow, until Sat 21 Nov