Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum work together as artist-couple under the name PolakVanBekkum. Their work focusses on landscape and mobility. Rooted in the history of the Dutch realistic landscape depiction, they embrace new technologies to express personal experiences of spaces of the contemporary city and countryside. Their projects are often informed by collaborations with participants, be it humans, objects, or even the rays of the sun. They have worked and exhibited internationally, at Transmediale Berlin, Ars Electronica Linz, ZKM Karlsruhe, London, IMAL Brussels, Rento Brattinga | Gallery Amsterdam, Museo for Image and Sound Sao Paolo, Nairobi, Lagos, Marrakech, Paris, Philadelphia Percent for Art program, Los Angeles and Queensland. In 2015 They received The Expanded Media Preis For Network Culture at Stuttgarter Filmwinters - Festival for Expanded Media with “The Mailman’s Bag.” In 2005 Esther Polak waas honoured a Golden Nica for Interactive Art at Ars Electronica together with Ieva Auzina, for their MILKproject. Pick of projects and works: Amsterdam Realtime, MilkProject, NomadicMILK, Souvenir Zeeland, Spiral Drawing Sunrise, Fronting Motion, AbstractView, 250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia, Once We Get There, A Collision of Sorts. Esther Polak studied at the RijksAkademie for Visual Arts in Amsterdam and the KABK in Den Haag; Ivar van Bekkum studied journalism at the Academie voor de Journalistiek Kampen.



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