Info Daily Life at the Crossing

Daily Life at the Crossing
architecture as sonic experience

Duration: 5 min.

Watching this film, our minds will try to fix the visual and audio deficiencies and create coherent space. Video and both left and right audio channels are derived from ‘reality’ but do not match as we are used to.

This video is an experiment in the experience of space. You see the algorithmically produced virtual world that is offered to us by Google Earth in July 2019 while hearing an extended binaural recording: the left channel is recorded of the south side of a building, the right channel of the north side. The building itself as a giant head in between. Location: the Martin-Luther Strasse/Hohenstaufen Strasse crossing in Berlin.


The film was screened at Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL on Sept. 5, 2019
The film was part of the exhibition Neuhaus at Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL between 5 and 15 Sept. 2019

Biography PolakVanBekkum
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 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, ISEA Istanbul, ZKM Karlsruhe, London, IMAL Brussels, galerie dudokdegroot, Museo for Image and Sound Sao Paolo, Nairobi, Lagos, Marrakech, Paris, Philadelphia Percent for Art program, Los Angeles and Queensland.

In 2015 They did receive The Expanded Media Preis For Network Culture at Stuttgarter Filmwinters – Festival for Expanded Media with “The Mailman’s Bag.”

In 2005 Esther Polak did receive a Golden Nica for Interactive Art at Ars Electronica together with Ieva Auzina, for their MILKproject.



For online CV follow this link



Daily Life at the Crossing 2019, 4″52
The Ride 2019, 11’34
Gaan om te Zijn/Go Move Be, 2018, 9’50”
The Fortune, 2018, 1’
A Collision of Sorts, 2017, 17’12”
Homestead II, 2017, 1’ – loop
Once We Get There, 2016, 49’50”
The Mailman’s Bag, 2014, 60’
π boy, 2013, 9’
What is done cannot be undone, 2011, 6’05”
Etak: A navigation Opera, 2011, 4’26”