27 March 2015, 8 – 10 pm: book presentations by Bik Van der Pol and Matylda Krzykowski

What if the moon were just a jump away? is a publication by Bik van der Pol. It is a script based on conversations into the Participatory Budget* (PB) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. This material has been arranged as a dispute; as a discursive and imaginative fight in space. The moon, an image shared and owned by all inhabitants of this planet, is conjured as a location that activates a new participatory imagination, to eventually implement change here on earth.
Bik van der Pol is an artist duo based in Rotterdam.
What if the moon were just a jump away?  was made in collaboration with poet/editor Rachel O’Reilly and designer Dongyoung Lee. It is the first project of Labin, a publishing project by Dongyoung Lee and printed at the Charles Nyples Lab at Jan van Eyck

* Participatory budgeting (PB) is a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making, and a type of participatory democracy, in which ordinary people decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget. Participatory budgeting allows citizens to identify, discuss, and prioritize public spending projects, and gives them the power to make real decisions about how money is spent. When PB is taken seriously and is based on mutual trust, local governments and citizen can benefit equally. In some cases PB even raised people’s willingness to pay taxes. Source: Wikipedia

Matylda Krzykowski‘s work plays a role in integrating curating and exhibition-making within a larger discourse. With Display she explores how we design messages to the public in a collaborative mode. An extract of the project is compiled as a handbook, now serving as template for the designers and artists that will be invited to make a display in the former shop windows of Depot Basel, space for contemporary design in Switserland. It thus became a long-term exhibition format, a collaborative curatorial strategy, open to the public 7 days a week. Matylda Krzykowski is a designer, curator and co-director of Depot Basel.

The Display handbook holds contributions by: Anna Bak, Bill Balaskas, Alexandra Bertels, Josh Bitelli, Isabelle Born, Gregor Brändli, Christophe Clarijs, Marta Colon, Klara Czerniewska, Timo Demollin, Workshop for Potential Design, EMYL, Tal Erez, The Farm, Studio Glithero, Veronika Gombert, Carl Haase, Rodrigo Hernandez, Maria Jeglinska, Kaja Kusztra, Moritz Lehner, Cedar Lewisohn, Bárbara Maçães, Agata Nowotny, Study O Portable, Stefan Pabst, Juan Palencia, Pedro Portellano, Kasper Pyndt, Ronja Römmelt, Vera Sacchetti, Alessandro Schiattarella, Michael Schoner, Theda Schoppe, Speedism, Jasio Stefanski, TEOK, Andrew Thrope, Basil Thüring, Bik van der Pol, Andres Wanner, Anna-Lena Werner. It is collaboratively designed by Christophe Clarijs, Timo Demolin, Kaja Kusztra and Kasper Pyndt and printed at the Charles Nyples Lab with support by Jo Frenken.

For this occasion, Matylda Krzykowski and PrintRoom will make an installation at PrintRoom’s shop window.
This event will mark the opening of our renovated window space, and the start of a window exhibition format at PrintRoom.


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