Wanderlust (video 2011, 30 mins) is a chronological log of video observations recorded over a year during walks in and around London. The camera is fixed to a tripod and operates like CCTV, always recording without permission. Wanderlust works by fortuity: each video clip is a fragment of life as this unfolds in front of the camera.
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’s videos give the sense that we are all embroiled in it up to our necks.”
Since completing Wanderlust, Bakker has widened the project’s scope by turning it into international video project. Every other year a different artist is invited to contribute an episode of Wanderlust, following the same structure and approach, but set within the artist’s immediate surroundings. Roanaoke-based American photographer Christine Carr contributed her episode in 2012. Dutch photographer Jeroen Huisman recorded throughout 2014. His episode will be shown later in 2015.
Wanderlust has been screened 17 October 2013 (Bakker and Carr) at the Meantime in Cheltenham Spa; 7 July 2012 London Independent Photography, London; at the Marginal Arts Festival, Roanoke, Virginia, USA, 21 February 2012; Meantime Multiplex 2011, Cheltenham Spa, 6-25 November 2011 and Crouch End Open Studios 7/8 May 2011 (installation with photographs from Still).
Wanderlust (video 2011, 30 mins), stills from video