The Ride

This personal video work takes you to an island. A driver and passenger are revisiting an experience that affected them both deeply. Now, as then, it is night; and the stars in the clear endless sky are right where they were back then.

In January and February 2019 “The Ride” was presented in De OUde Kerk in Amsterdam. The surround sound installation was installed in the Sebastiaanskapel (Saint Sebastian Chapel), which is accessible via the main entrance to the Oude Kerk.

The following wall text (in the Librije) did greet visitors entering the Sebastiaanskapel:


The Ride
It came to me one day that I needed to return to the island. That I had to retrace the route he took that night, this time with me as his passenger. That we might stop at the spot, as if it were a portal.

And thus it was decided.

I would return, get in the car, and retrace the route, nothing more. The researcher said: “What should I do if I can’t find him, or if he won’t do it, or can’t?”
I replied: “Then find someone for whom it is equally difficult. Someone who was closely involved, or who had a similar experience while driving. Someone who could have been him. I don’t want to know about him.”
I asked the sound engineer to make it possible for the driver and me to hear each other’s heartbeat as we drove. That way we could listen to each other, even if we didn’t feel like talking.


The video documentation below shows the way the presentation was connected to location and the church.

To preview the film, please enter the password: “eiland”.

research: Monique Lesterhuis
concept supervision: Rabiaâ Benlahbib
sound: Arno Peeters
colourgrading: Laurent Fruttert
subtitles: Siji Jabbar

This film was realised with support of:
• AFK (Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst)
• Mondriaan Fund
• The Creative Industries Fund NL, the Dutch cultural fund for architecture, design and digital culture (Stimuleringsfonds / Digitale Cultuur /Onderzoek)
• Oude Kerk

Special thanks to: Hille van Dieren and Wim Zeeders
Oude Kerk team: Jacqueline Grandjean, Rieke Righolt, Richard Pelgrim, Zara Weijers, Laurence Ostin, Arjan van Asselt, Emma van Oudheusden.
Advice and moral suppoort by: Mieke Bernink, Marietta de Bruine, Sinan Can, Peter Delpeut, Nicole Dudok, Bernet Elzinga, Quincy Gario, Jeditja de Groot, Krist Gruijthuijsen, Maureen Ho, Renske de Jong, Marlies Mannesse, Pe Oxc, Marianne Plas, Leendert Pot, Margriet Schavemaker, Rein Jelle Terpstra, Marc Thelosen and Ingrid van Tol
Trial installation in the Oude Kerk on 181101:

Esther and Ivar’s work is about movement and landscape. Over the past few years, the pair have developed a cinematographic method for synchronizing audio recordings with mapped routes. This allows them to create films that proceed within projected satellite images from Google Earth. Ivar and Esther’s aim is to make the tangibility of the landscape reveal itself only through movement and motion. The pair have made several films and works on video in this manner since 2010. One of these earlier works, the film “Go Move Be”, premiered at the 2018 Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht.


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