Marleine Van der werf

filmmaker, visual artist

Rotterdam, NL

perception imagination microscope interdisciplinary consciousness embodiment identity

Marleine van der Werf (1985, CH/NL) is a filmmaker/ visual artist with a documentary practice. She researches how to immerse in someone else’s experience. Her projects are inspired by people with a radically different perception of reality that challenge her assumptions. Van der Werf translates their experiences using haptic cinema and XR, in order to question the understanding of the other and the self. She believes that knowledge does not come through intellect but through experience. By inviting an audience inside a different perception of reality, she aims to stimulate imagination and curiosity as a tool to reflect on polarization.

Recurrent themes are embodiment, consciousness and our subjective perception of reality. Van der Werf collaborates with renowned experts in the field of science, art, and humanities. She studied Audiovisual Design at St. Joost Art Academy & did her masters at the filmacademy in Amsterdam. Her projects have been broadcasted at television and shown at international festivals: IDFA (NL), Human Rights film festival Seoul (KR), FILE Festival in Sao Paolo (BR), Future of storytelling New York (USA) and Art Basel (CH). She won the NEXT Talent Award in 2018, the Scientist Award (Abu Dhabi Imagine Science films festival) and the ACT award (STRP) in 2019.


All We Are


The Prediction Machine


The New Hospital


The Underground Astronaut