WITH THE WHOLE WORLD CRUMBLING, WE PICK THIS TIME TO FALL IN LOVE (WIP)
Selected for Fak’ugesi Digital Innovation Festival 2021, Johannesburg, SA
-> watch a video preview of this work online at the Fak’ugesi Festival online exhibition



















Director: Matthijs Vuijk
VR Experience/ Interactive Documentary
Duration: ~8 minutes
Medium: Oculus Quest 2, Unity

Three-dimensional scans form an assemblage of distant yet intimate encounters with friends/subjects.

This project revolves around the idea of creating an assemblage of my distant yet intimate encounters with my friends/subjects. I am very much interested in the spatial and temporal 'entanglements' which the medium of 3-dimensional scans seems to be flirting with. I think about the act of 'scanning' not only in technical and aesthetic terms but as a mode that perhaps might offer the granularity of that which is captured in a nuanced and multifaceted way. Combining interactive VR with a three-dimensional environment enables me to research this world/place/space in which my subjects' experiences collide under the guidance of my hand as an image-maker.


WHAT DO I SEE WHEN I SEE ME (2021)
Official Selection Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin 2021
Screened as part of the group exhibition 'Another Matter', ACUD Gallery, Berlin
Screened as part the ‘Art’ program of Future Intel Radio, The Netherlands








A Collaboration with Sammie Straub

Synopsis:

A young woman interacts with her own cyborg self. Freed from flesh and thoughts in cyberspace, the digital body extends the movements and expressions of her organic body.

Directed: Sammie Straub, Matthijs Vuijk
Written: Sammie Straub, Parel Strik
Cinematography, Editing, 3d Animtion: Matthijs Vuijk
Music:   Nocturnerror
Song: Blue Cycle, Last Seconds Of Resentment Require via Opal Tapes
Voice over, Sound: Sammie Straub


Screened as visual at Future Intel Radio






SIKELELA TAPES (2020)
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Frontlight Program (European Premier)
Official Selection Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) 2021 (World Premier)
Screened at Saison Africa 2020, La Fémis, Paris
Official Selection SilwerskermFees 2021
RapidLion Innovation Award: Best Student Film, Wits Humanities Award







A film by Alex Sono, Luke Johnstone, Djibril Cullis, Matthijs Vuijk and Tsogo Kupa

Synopsis:

Sikelela Tapes is a collaborative experimental film devoted to remixing, resampling and re-archiving the South African national anthem. The story is filtered through radio DJ, DJ Enoch, whom each of the filmmakers interacts with, and uses as an inspiration to explore their personal negotiations with the national anthem.

Running time: 17 minutes


In this lively collage of fiction, animation, and YouTube videos, rich in references to South Africa’s past and present, five young students from the film department of Wits University in Johannesburg examine their personal relationship with the national anthem. Its lyrics are in five languages, which are reflected in the film. But what does it mean if you don’t understand your own national anthem?, one of the students wonders. He can speak the language of the Queen, but not of his own grandmother, and laments that his grandfather felt like a foreigner in his own country.

Combining their diverse experiences, the film students remix the complex South African identity and give it their own twist. They each choose their own perspective and film language. An energetic radio DJ declares that you can’t unscramble an omelette. He links the fragments and brings the different voices together. The title refers to the first line of the South African national anthem, Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika, which means “God bless Africa.”






























03:54: Was hoping you were there :)












Image Energy (2017)
Screened at Roffafilmclub, WORM, Rotterdam