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As part of the Veduta/Biennale de Lyon residence program, Bik Van Der Pol spent May to September 2009 at the Miribel Park, which is part of several municipalities: Lyon, Villeurbanne, Vaulx-en-Velin, Décines, Meyzieu and Jonage. After an introduction to the park’s lake and its beaches, they came up with a plan for a raft/diving board for bathers to enjoy during the summer, with the scene being filmed from the beach. The raft was immediately taken by storm this beach has no diving board and the camera completely forgotten by the participants. Result, no more and no less than scenes of everyday life of the kind the Lumière brothers recorded 150 years ago. The film was edited and shown, and the raft exhibited along with a banner reading, Beneath the pavement, the beach that famed May 68 slogan. So what do you see on the stage/raft? A moment of getting away from it all? A carefree community? A kitsch dream? A fleeting instant in the sun? People doing typically silly things? Or just a simple memory of holiday time?

With the support of Royal Netherlands Embassy, Paris; Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.

BIK VAN DER POL
Sculpture publique (Sous les pavés, la plage), 2009
Photos: Blaise Adilon
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Just moments from Tête d’Or Park, the Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art – another emblematic venue, designed by Renzo Piano – opened in 1995 on the occasion of the 3rd Biennale. Centrally located in the Cité Internationale complex, it offers 3,000m² of exhibition space spread over three broad levels.

The Museum is hosting the Living Together chapter. On the second floor, a work by Sarkis from the Museum’s collection has been reactivated in a new configuration titled La Chaleur (“Heat”). In this 1,000m2 space, Sarkis and Veduta are hosting throughout the Biennale a programme of encounters, performances, concerts, colloquia and more...

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