PolakvanBekkum, an artist duo from the Netherlands will work in Philadelphia from May to November 2014 on the Science Center’s campus. ...
The Dutch artist couple Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum, operating under the name PolakVanBekkum, have a crunch for landscape and mobility (or motion or movement) and the experience of space. There are more ways to describe their work, but one that comes close to the essence is: Esther and Ivar make art that is about the poetry of mediation. In the words of philosopher, biologist and art critic Arjen Mulder: “If Esther and Ivar would have been sculptors they would always shown you the role of the hammer and chisel together with the sculpture.”
Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum, operating under the name PolakVanBekkum, invented the term NavDoc for their project “250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia”.
open source API and a custom build Python plugin for the open source GIS platform QGIS.
developed in collaboration with Sean McGinnis and Edward Farrel.