Marleine van der Werf (1985, CH/NL) is a filmmaker/visual artist with a documentary practice based in the Netherlands. In her artistic research she explores how to experience the reality of someone else. Through cinema, virtual reality and multi-sensory technology Van der Werf creates haptic experiences to challenge the understanding of the other and the self. Recurrent themes are embodiment, empathy, consciousness and our subjective perception of reality.
Van der Werf collaborates with renowned experts in the field of science, art and humanities. Her award winning projects have been broadcasted at television and shown at numerous international art- and filmfestivals like IDFA (NL), Human Rights filmfestival Seoul (KR), FILE Festival in Sao Paolo (BR), Future of storytelling New York (USA) and Art Basel (CH). She won the NEXT Talent Award (Playgrounds Digital Art Festival) in 2018, the Scientist Award (Abu Dhabi Imagine Science filmfestival) and the ACT award (STRP) in 2019. Van der Werf completed her Bachelor in Audiovisual Design at the St. Joost Art Academy and is a researcher at the Master Artistic Research in & through Cinema at the Dutch Film Academy. Currently she is developing new work in collaboration with dancers, neuroscientists, designers and engineers about consciousness.