Wanderlust (video 2011/5, 30 mins) is a chronological log of video observations recorded over a year during walks in London. The camera operates like CCTV, always recording without permission. Each video clip is a fragment of life as it 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 inviting other artists to contribute their local episode of Wanderlust, following the same structure and approach. Roanaoke-based American photographer Christine Carr recorded her episode in 2012. Dutch photographer Jeroen Huisman recorded his in 2014.
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 2011/5, 30 mins), stills from video