PolakvanBekkum, an artist duo from the Netherlands will work in Philadelphia from May to November 2014 on the Science Center’s campus. ...
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We had a very intensive residency in Philadelphia that would have been impossible without the efforts, help, guidance, assistance and wisdom of:
Excerpt of the film
Once we get there
A Documentary that leads you through an unfolding city
by Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum.
Movements and audio recorded in Philadelphia
Update per May 2016:
We updated the interactive website in a very great and reliable way. It now runs based on video files.
For the project a special recording device was developed, nicknamed “The Beagle”. The Beagle looks like a normal sling-bag and allows people to go out on their own, and record the city in a special orchestrated way. It takes the participant into a solist, yet shared journey and center stages the role of the individual as a data collecting entity.
The Beagle records sound and movements and gives the person who wears it a series of prompts (via a pre-recorded pod-cast) whereby the participant is given a choice on forehand: between 3 options of prompts-flavours: an empathic, a suspicious or a neutral angle. After her/his return, the participants trajectory is synced with the sound recordings and both are audio-visualised in a cinematographic way: they play out on the flatness of the satellite images.
A hand, reaching for a gift wrapped in wrinkly tissue paper with an image of the street that lies on the opposite side of the location where this image can be seen – the façade of the Apple Storage Building on 52nd and Willows Avenue.