Performances, readings, collages

• 30​ 11​ 2017 •
Bik Van der Pol/Youth Academy The City & the City Release Party

Venue: King Georg, Sudermanstraße 2, 50670 Cologne
Entry: 20:00 Starting time: 21:00 Free admission

In cooperation with Stadtrevue

The Youth Academy is funded by Sparkassenstiftung KölnBonn

The Academy runs its own alternative educational program called the Youth Academy, where participants from Cologne join guest artists for workshops and projects. This season’s guests are the artists Bik Van der Pol. Their workshop series is called The City & the City, referring to China Miéville’s book in which two cities occupy much of the same geographical space, but via the volition of their citizens they are perceived as two different cities. Through collective workshops participants embark on cooperative research to explore ways of gathering knowledge through a form of in-depth reading of the public domain, alternative writing, and storytelling. This culminates in a perfomative public event and an insert in the December 2017 issue of the monthly magazine Stadtrevue in the frame of “AKTION KUNST VERÖFFENTLICHEN.”

Liesbeth Bik and Jos Van Der Pol teamed up as Bik Van der Pol in 1995. Through their practice, they aim to articulate and understand how art can produce a public sphere, a space for speculation and imagination through forms of mediation. Further, their work investigates how to activate situations in order to create platforms for encounters. The artists are based in Rotterdam.