Book your free ticket to Bik Van der Pol's Artist Talk, tomorrow Thurs 13 July, 6pm to hear more about their collaborative practice and their new commission: 'Letters to the Land ' link in bio ✨
In 1983, the year of ACCA's inauguration in a small cottage in the Domain, a red dust storm hit Melbourne. Now, clad in rust Corten steel, ACCA is impervious to the elements. Dutch artists Bik Van der Pol have brought the outside back in, presenting an expansive field of red soil, latent with potential. Bik Van der Pol have invited seven individuals to pen a letter to the land from their various professional positions, which are read aloud in a looping sound installation.
Image: Bik Van der Pol, Letters to the Land 2017, installation view (detail), ACCA, Melbourne. Photograph: Andrew Curtis. Courtesy the artist
Mid-morning listening to Bik Van der Pol's 'Letters to the Land'. Hear more about this work and Liesbeth Bik & Jos Van der Pol's collaborative relationship this Thurs 13 July 6pm at their artist talk. Tickets still available! Book via the link in our bio ✨✨
In this installation 7 voices sound from each day bed reading letters to the land from 7 individuals: Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy, Evelyn Araleun Corr, Justin Clemens, Justine Poon, Nurin Veis, Dermot Henry & Michael Short. #accamelbourne#greatertogetheracca#bikvanderpol#letterstotheland
Different stages of interacting with the artwork. When we first got in, everyone was a bit nervous about what to do and just walked around it or tried leaning down or standing on it. Then Ju and I and a couple of other people realised the best way to hear the texts was to lie down on the daybeds and soon all the beds were filled with gallery visitors lying down and listening, often with another person, adding another little dimension to the idea of "Greater Together". #greatertogether#bikvanderpol#letterstotheland#accamelbourne#acca#melbourne#art#contemporaryart
Group exhibition 'Greater Together' at @acca_melbourne presents eight projects that make the most of synergistic energy. "Despite the myth of the singular artist as genius (a concept that emerged during the Renaissance and that is continued by the media), collaboration, as a working method, has been a relatively common strategy since the 1960s", explains curator Annika Kristensen. Full preview by @traceyaclement up on site, link in bio. Image: Goldin+Senneby, 'Standard Length of a Miracle', 2016, with Jonas Hassen Khemiri (author), Behnaz Aram (costume designer), Moa Ott (carpenter), Samir Al-Nehlaoui (arborist). Installation view at Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2016). Courtesy the artists. Photograph: Jean-Baptiste Béranger. #acca#greatertogether#courtneycoombes &antoinettej.citizen #fieldtheory#clarkbeaumont#bikvanderpol#celinecondorelli#c .t.jasper&joannamalinowka #goldin +senneby #patrickstaff#contemporaryart#australianart
Repost from @acca_melbourne. I wrote a Letter to the Land (which was really a letter to ghosts - of the past, of the many futures), which will be a part of Dutch artists Bik Van Der Pol's work in the Greater Together exhibition. Opens next Friday, 7 July. Go check it out if you're in Melbourne!