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Artist Duo
BornEsther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum
🏳️ NationalityDutch
💼 Occupation
Contemporary art
🌐 Websitewww.polakvanbekkum.com

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PolakVanBekkum is a Dutch artist duo consisting of Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum,[1] known for their work on landscape and movement[2] in digital media, using platforms like Google Earth[3] and Google Street View. The pair have been working together as a duo since 2010, and have presented at exhibitions and film festivals both in the Netherlands and abroad.


Ivar van Bekkum[edit]

Ivar van Bekkum (Rotterdam, 1965) studied at the Academy of Journalism in Kampen (1982-1987). He has been working as a multi-disciplinary artist since 2008.[4]

Esther Polak[edit]

Esther Polak (Amsterdam, 1962) studied painting at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and mixed media at the Rijksakademie of Fine Arts in Amsterdam. She works as a multi-disciplinary artist.[5]


The artist duo works with digital media: from performances with sand,[6] to digital prints, installations and films.[7] Initially the work of Esther Polak was seen as part of locative media[8], though in recent years the duo's work has come to be seen within the broader context of contemporary art. Most recently, their work has been presented at IDFA[9], EYE Film Institute Netherlands[10] and Oude Kerk[11] in the Netherlands, and abroad at Chicago Underground Film Festival, Internet of Cars[12] and ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, among others.

Artworks and Films[edit]

  • De Rit / The Ride (2019), installation / film.[13]
  • Pendule (2019), performance.[14]
  • A Collision of Sorts (2017), short film.[15]
  • Gaan Om Te Zijn / Go Move Be (2018), film.[16]
  • The Mailman’s Bag (2016), installation / film.[17]
  • Spiral Drawing Sunrise (2008-present), performance.[18]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

  • 2017 Golden Calf Nomination for A Collision of Sorts.[19]
  • 2016 Special Mention 2Annas FF.[20]
  • 2016 The Expanded Media Preis For Network Culture at Stuttgarter Filmwinters - Festival for Expanded Media with The Mailman’s Bag[21][circular reference]
  • 2015 Nomination Academy Prize for Astronomy and Art.[22]
  • Golden Nica for Interactive Art at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria.[23]

Publications and Press (Selection)[edit]


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