Wanderlust (video 2011, 30 mins) is a chronological log of video observations recorded over a year during walks in London. There is no narrative, no panning, there are no special effects. The camera remains fixed on a tripod and operates like CCTV, always recording without permission. Each video clip is a ten second fragment of life as this unfolds in front of the camera.
Art critic Colin Perry writes: ‘In Wanderlust (2011) Bakker has captured serendipitous beauty and abjection on the streets, parks and byways of London, which he filmed over a period of a single year. Every surface ripples with tragicomic potential. 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.’
Bakker set out to invite other artists to follow the same approach, structure and editing process. The first artist to contribute a version of Wanderlust is Roanoke-based photographer Christine Carr, who introduced Bakker’s video work at the Marginal Arts Festival in Roanoke, Virginia, USA in February 2012. She recorded her interpretation in 2012.
Netherlands-based artist Jeroen Huisman is participating in 2014.
The two versions of Wanderlust by Bakker and Carr were shown together for the first time on 17 October 2013 at the Meantime in Cheltenham Spa. >
Wanderlust (Christine Carr, video 2013, 30 mins), still from video
Wanderlust has been shown 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; Portobello Film Festival Video Jukebox, 6 September 2011; and Crouch End Open Studios 7/8 May 2011.
Wanderlust (Roelof Bakker, video 2011, 30 mins), still from video