Marijn Dijkmeijer - fine art

video & printmaking

I am a Dutch filmmaker and animator. At the moment I live in Gothenburg, Sweden, where I obtained my master of fine arts.

I make videos that explore narrative as a powerful mechanism. The videos dissect the stories through which we understand ourselves and our environment. I use different animation methods and different modes of storytelling to explore the nuances of stories. My working method is in line with the tradition of the essay film, as Gorin understands it: “essay film is not so much a genre, but a mode that “flirts with genres (documentary, pamphlet, fiction, diary … you name it)) without attaching to it.”

My choice for that method stems from my opinion that one understands reality through stories. The scenes in my films are constructed by layering elements from different sources, such as drawings, photos, stop-motion animations and video images. By collecting and merging stories and combining multiple images, I investigate movement and instability of meaning. In that way, it can expose the stories that shape our reality.