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MembersEsther Polak
Ivar van Bekkum

PolakVanBekkum is a Dutch artist duo consisting of Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum, PolakVanBekkum: known for their work on landscape and movement [1] in digital media, using platforms like Google Earth[2] 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

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.

Esther Polak

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.


The artist duo works with digital media: from performances with sand, [3] to digital prints, installations and films.[4] Initially the work of Esther Polak was seen as part of locative media[5], 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[6], EYE Film Institute Netherlands[7] and Oude Kerk[8] in the Netherlands, and abroad at Chicago Underground Film Festival, Internet of Cars [9] and ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, among others.

Artworks and films

  • De Rit / The Ride (2019), installation / film. [10]
  • Pendule (2019), performance. [11]
  • A Collision of Sorts (2017), short film. [12]
  • Gaan Om Te Zijn / Go Move Be (2018), film. [13]
  • The Mailman’s Bag (2016), installation / film. [14]
  • Spiral Drawing Sunrise (2008-present), performance. [15]

Awards and nominations

  • 2017 Golden Calf Nomination for A Collision of Sorts. [16]
  • 2016 Special Mention 2Annas FF. [17]
  • 2016 The Expanded Media Preis For Network Culture at Stuttgarter Filmwinters - Festival for Expanded Media with The Mailman’s Bag [18]
  • 2015 Nomination Academy Prize for Astronomy and Art. [19]
  • Golden Nica for Interactive Art at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria. [20]

Publications and press (selection)

Further reading

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