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Matthijs Vuijk

With the Whole World Crumbling, We Pick This Time to Fall In Love

VR expérimental | 0 | couleur | 7:0 | Pays-Bas, Afrique du sud | 2021

This immersive experience includes three-dimensional scans combined with voice-memos, images, videos and WhatsApp messages which together form an assemblage of distant yet intimate encounters with friends and subjects. The viewer is able to walk through a personal and emotional digital landscape, creating their own non-linear narrative between dream and reality, a liminal space of longing.

Matthijs Vuijk (1995, NL) is an independent new media artist and filmmaker who has been studying photography at the Royal Academy of the Arts in Ghent, Belgium, from which he graduated with distinction. After doing an internship with Dutch filmmaker Lara Verheijden, Matthijs moved to Johannesburg, South Africa. There Matthijs finished a Bachelor Honours in Film & Television at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) with distinction and participated in a collaborative VR project between the Filmuniversität Babelsberg and WITS. Matthijs’ background in visual art, film and VR encompass his passion, which lies in the creation of captivating worlds through a strong visual atmosphere. He is formally and technically interested in different mediums while the important narrative factors within his work have a strong emphasis on emotions, intimacy and connection. His recent collaborative film What do I see when I see me with Sammie Straub has been selected at the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin 2021, while Matthijs’ newest immersive experience With the Whole World Crumbling, We Pick this Time to Fall in Love participates in the 2021 edition of the Fak’ugesi Digital Innovation Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. His collaborative graduation film Sikelela Tapes was selected for the ‘Frontlight’ competition of the renowned International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and had its world premier at the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) in Tanzania. Matthijs is currently involved in different cultural initiatives in both Johannesburg and Amsterdam.