[ISEA2015] Artists Statement: Esther Polak & Ivar Van Bekkum (PolakVanBekkum) – THE MAILMAN’S BAG: 250 MILES CROSSING PHILADELPHIA

Artists Statement

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The film follows a mailman’s bag during its daily routine. The bag becomes the protagonist. The recording engages the real-life moment to moment activity of mail delivery and charts the interactions between humans (postman and citizen) and objects (mail and mailbox).

  • Esther Polak & Ivar van Bekkum (The Netherlands) have been working together as artist duo PolakVanBekkum since 2010. Esther Polak is educated in fine arts and painting at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. Ivar van Bekkum was trained as a journalist but shifted his field to visual arts. Since 2002 their work focuses on landscape, mobility and mediation.  They search for different ways to look at landscapes and how this influences their understanding and perception. PolakVanBekkum have worked and exhibited internationally at Transmediale (Berlin), Ars Electronica (Linz), ZKM Karlsruhe (London), IMAL (Brussels), and Rento Brattinga (Amsterdam).

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