Bik Van der Pol’s 1440 minutes towards the development of a site examines issues of free speech in relation to the government policies that have determined its democratic society. Stripping the proposal down to its fundamental basis, taking time itself as their material, allowed for the testing out of a new curatorial model for context responsive practice.

The artists reclaimed the Band Rotunda in Auckland’s Albert Park, known historically as a site of political protest and activism. Bik Van Der Pol installed a large digital clock, and this marker of time, clocking down from 1440 minutes over the course of the day, pointed to the latent history of political activity and protest action during the 1960s-70s at the site.

Bik Van der Pol used the controversial legislation around the Electoral Finance Act as a starting point, and worked with Elam students to distribute 1000 self-produced publications to passers-by. The publication reflected on the paradoxes inherent in the notion of free speech at a time of diminishing political action.

Commissioned as part of ‘One Day Sculpture’.

Wednesday 8 April 2009, 00.00 – 00.00

Band Rotunda, Albert Park, Auckland

Funders and Supporters

One Day Sculpture was funded by Creative New Zealand; Massy University College of Creative Arts; The Chartwell Collection; University of the West of England, Bristol and Massy University Foundation.

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