La galerie de la Biennale

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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