Bik Van der Pol, Letters to the Land, 2017, red soil from Hanson Quarry in Lang Lang, daybeds, theatre lights and seven voice recordings of letters. Photograph: Andrew Curtis.

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art – Greater Together with Bik van der Pol

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne presents the group exhibition Greater Together from 8 July until 17 September. Greater Together begins with the question of work and of how to work better. The exhibition assembles eight artist projects that complicate individual notions of authorship to consider ideas of collaboration and cooperation as deliberate and productive means of agency and solidarity in a complex and changing world. The curator is Annika Kristensen.

The Dutch artist duo Bik Van der Pol takes part in the exhibition with a new work, entitled Letters to the Land. The installation consists of red soil from Hanson Quarry in Lang Lang, daybeds, theatre lights and seven voice recordings of letters. The work takes inspiration from Plato’s philosophical text Symposium, in which a group of seven distinct thinkers converse on the topic of love. Taking the form of a sound installation, the perspectives of seven Australian thinkers are brought together as a chorus. Each have written letters to the Land, to be heard individually, and in dialogue with one another, with their voices eventually absorbed back into the soil.

The Mondriaan Fund contributed with a Grant for International Presentations for the production of new work by Bik Van der Pol. The grant was awarded for the compensation of productions costs, travel costs and costs for accommodation.

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