Wanderlust (2011, London, UK) — with Christine Carr (2013, Roanoke, US)

Wanderlust, London, Roelof Bakker, video diary, advertisement, torso, 2010

Wanderlust, London, Roelof Bakker, video diary, grafitti, job centre, photography, 2010

Wanderlust, London, Roelof Bakker, video diary, British Land

Wanderlust, London, Roelof Bakker, video diary, toy cat, 2010

Wanderlust, London, Roelof Bakker, video diary, knife crime

Wanderlust (2011, standard definition video, colour, sound, 30 min.), stills from video



Wanderlust (2011, standard definition video, colour, sound, 30 min.) is a chronological log of video observations recorded over a year during walks in London. Made without a narrative and with no budget, each clip is a fragment of life as it unfolds in front of a compact camera, the ambient sounds evoking other pictures, beyond the boundaries of the frame.

Iain Sinclair writes, ‘Roelof Bakker’s Wanderlust [is] 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. 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.’

Wanderlust was selected for Meantime Multiplex 2011 at the Meantime Gallery in Cheltenham and shown at Crouch End Open Studios, 2011. It was screened at the 2012 Marginal Arts Festival in Roanoke, Virginia, US. Roanoke-based photographer Christine Carr collaborated with Bakker to record a local version of Wanderlust, adhering to the same structure and approach, her work shown at the 2013 Marginal Arts Festival. Both versions were screened at the Meantime Gallery in Cheltenham in 2013 with an audience event.