Wanderlust

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Wanderlust (video 2011/5, 30 mins) is a chronological log of video observations recorded over a year during walks in London. The film is an entirely spontenaous experience, recorded without a narrative. The camera operates like a mobile one-man CCTV, always recording without permission. Each video clip is a fragment of life as this unfolds in front of the camera, the ambient sounds evoking other pictures, outside of the frame.

Iain Sinclair writes:
“Roelof Bakker’s Wanderlust…a neat package in the locked-off mode of classic post-Keiller London film-stalking.…The compositions…were very painterly – especially those rus-in-urbe pastoral tunnels with smoke or dust or yellow council interventions. A nicely humorous strand of signage, official and random-crazy. And I liked the way certain colours, especially blues, ran through successive frames, imposing subliminal narrative. Above all, there was a real sense of witness, of spending hours stalking the city, smiling over surrealist captures, putting the observer in a challenging relationship with the subject.”

Colin Perry writes:
“Every surface ripples with tragicomic potential. A gangly guard in oversized red cape stomps around in front of Whitehall; a sex doll is impaled on some vicious spikes; a hand written sign tells us mordantly: ‘Fluffy cat found dead’. Wanderlust’s mood depends on the timely distribution of elements, from the sublime (an urban fox sleeping in a garden) to the ridiculous (a trumpet player whose only visible presence is a flared horn peaking out from behind a wall). This is humour in the minor key, muddled with signifiers of sexual desire and daily tragedy.”

Bakker took part in the Marginal Arts Festival in Roanoke, Virginia, USA in 2012, and invited Roanoke photographer Christine Carr to record a local US-based version of Wanderlust, adhering to the same structure and approach. Carr showed her version at the Marginal Arts Festival in 2013.

Wanderlust showings:
7-8 May 2011• Crouch End Open Studios, Hornsey Library, London N8 • alongside the videos Inspect (2011) and Still (2010)
6-25 November 2011 • Meantime Multiplex 2011 (group show) • Meantime Gallery, Cheltenham Spa • event: Q&A screening with students from the University of Gloucestershire
21 February 2012 • Marginal Arts Festival, Roanoke, Virginia, USA • introduction by Christine Carr
7 July 2012 • London Independent Photography, Piccadilly, London W1 • as part of a workshop with LIP members
17 October 2013 • Meantime Gallery, Cheltenham Spa • Q&A and screening of both Bakker’s and Carr’s Wanderlust videos with students from the University of Gloucestershire


 

Wanderlust (video 2011/5, 10 second excerpt)

Wanderlust, Roelof Bakker

Wanderlust, Roelof Bakker

Wanderlust Roelof Bakker

Wanderlust Roelof Bakker

Wanderlust (video 2011/5, 30 mins), stills from video