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Once we get There trailer

Film trailer

Excerpt of the film

Once we get there
A Documentary that leads you through an unfolding city

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Once we get There trailer

Film trailer

Excerpt of the film

Once we get there
A Documentary that leads you through an unfolding city

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Techno Mourning

Update per May 2016:

We updated the interactive website in a very great and reliable way. It now runs based on video files.

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Techno Mourning

Update per May 2016:

We updated the interactive website in a very great and reliable way. It now runs based on video files.

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Interactive Website

The work contains all raw footage that was recorded in Philadelphia and that was the basis of the film Once We Get There.  All 27 tracks, each contain the total recording (20-70 min. in actual time) of a different protagonist.

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Interactive Website

The work contains all raw footage that was recorded in Philadelphia and that was the basis of the film Once We Get There.  All 27 tracks, each contain the total recording (20-70 min. in actual time) of a different protagonist.

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The Beagle

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.

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The Beagle

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.

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The Mural: Down the Rabbit Hole

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.

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The Mural: Down the Rabbit Hole

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.

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The Mailman’s Bag


The Mailman’s bag, like the mural, is one of the special side-works realized during Esther and Ivar’s residency. The work is based on the recording of a Philadelphia mail man’s bag. Using a different visual language the meaning of the work shifts, so that the work becomes a separate piece.

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The Mailman’s Bag


The Mailman’s bag, like the mural, is one of the special side-works realized during Esther and Ivar’s residency. The work is based on the recording of a Philadelphia mail man’s bag. Using a different visual language the meaning of the work shifts, so that the work becomes a separate piece.

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250 Miles in Leiden. Opens Friday June 26 14:00

In contrast with the map as still image, digital systems, computers, smart phones and tablets more and more connect us to, what film maker Harun Farocki called „Operative Images”. These are images that not only are a representation, but perform themselves, actively, in the world. The digital image gets agency whether we like it or not. 250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia is a poetic interpretation of this shift.

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250 Miles in Leiden. Opens Friday June 26 14:00

In contrast with the map as still image, digital systems, computers, smart phones and tablets more and more connect us to, what film maker Harun Farocki called „Operative Images”. These are images that not only are a representation, but perform themselves, actively, in the world. The digital image gets agency whether we like it or not. 250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia is a poetic interpretation of this shift.

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EMERGING DOCUMENTARY PRACTICES

On Friday April 3rd Esther and Ivar were Keynote Speakers at the Emerging Documentary Practices Symposium + Exhibition at Temple University, Philadelphia.

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EMERGING DOCUMENTARY PRACTICES

On Friday April 3rd Esther and Ivar were Keynote Speakers at the Emerging Documentary Practices Symposium + Exhibition at Temple University, Philadelphia.

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Press Presence

“In a McDonald’s on Germantown Avenue, as parents plied small children with Happy Meals and packs of teenagers swaggered in, Dutch artist Ivar van Bekkum went unnoticed as he equipped a volunteer, Richard “Ram” Ramson, with microphones, recorders, a GPS tracker, and an iPod, and sent him to wander the area.”

Read the full interview we had with the Philadelphia Inquirer here

And because the above mentioned Richard “Ram” Ramson is not in the pictures, this is him and this is the blog post we wrote about him

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Press Presence

“In a McDonald’s on Germantown Avenue, as parents plied small children with Happy Meals and packs of teenagers swaggered in, Dutch artist Ivar van Bekkum went unnoticed as he equipped a volunteer, Richard “Ram” Ramson, with microphones, recorders, a GPS tracker, and an iPod, and sent him to wander the area.”

Read the full interview we had with the Philadelphia Inquirer here

And because the above mentioned Richard “Ram” Ramson is not in the pictures, this is him and this is the blog post we wrote about him

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Mounting the Mural

  

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Mounting the Mural

  

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