About the Project


Dutch visual artists Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum lived 7 months in Philadelphia. New to the city, they invited inhabitants, both human and non-human, to explain their city through movement. Wandering by themselves, the participants recorded their trajectories, sounds and private readings of the streets, allowing the artists and the audience to access their experiences only afterwards. The project positions the viewer, with the artists, as unwitting voyeurs.

A radical and innovative visual approach introduces a landscape of satellite images and balances between voyeurism and empathic co-traveling. The meditative experiance questions our contemporary techo-society, where eavesdropping and social connectivity coexist.

The project consist of:
-The Documentary “Once we get There” , trailer can be found here
-Interactive website
The Beagle, an interactive device
-Mural/Scrim “Down the Rabbit Hole” on 780 South 52nd Street
-Installation The Mailman’s Bag

250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia – a NavDoc  by PolakVanBekkum commissioned by the University City Science Center through the Percent for Art Program of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.