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CA Position: Maartje Nevejan on Transmedia Storytelling

Lecture 19.11.19

CA Positions
Tuesday 19.11.19, 16.30 – 18.00

Camera Arts, BA Visual Communication
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – School of Art and Design

745, Viscosistadt, Nylsuisseplatz 1, 6020 Emmenbrücke
Camera Arts / Media Lab, 1. OG

“If You Are Not There, Where Are You?”
A multisensory experience of absence epilepsy


Transmedia documentary maker Maartje Nevejan’s work, in her own words, “researches and expresses the raw poetic quality of reality.”

Her most recent project is called “If You Are Not There, Where Are You?” The outspoken aim is to try and “find a language for the multisensory experience of absence epilepsy, or: a brief moment of ‘not being there’. And if you are not there, where are you?”
Science has until now maintained that there is no conscious experience during such ‘absences.’ But Nevejan herself has a different experience: she vividly remembers seeing specific images and events during her own absences as a child.

Nevejan’s project, on which she worked the past four years, endeavors to “research the experience of absences at the crossroads between art and science, to give words and images to the unexplainable.” She has talked to scientists, artists and people who have experienced absences, connected sufferers and artists to find specific visual languages for their experiences, and used every medium at her disposal to give form to a great variety of viewpoints on this mysterious phenomenon. The result is an intricate mix of documentary movie (aired on Dutch national TV last Wednesday), art exhibition, VR environments and an informative website.

Last week, the project won the 2019 Jury Award at the InScience Film festival in Nijmegen, one of the largest science film festivals in Europe.


If You Are Not There, Where Are You?, Maartje Nevejan, 2019

Maartje Nevejan

Maartje Nevejan is an award winning independent filmmaker (based in Amsterdam), with a background in theatre and multimedia. Her work researches and expresses the raw poetic quality of reality. Nevejan is a change maker, manifesting innovative approaches to fulfilling her visions. She brings together unexpected groups of people, from all walks of life – holding & inspiring their often contrary views into unexpected forms of creativity. She loves to bring together people with opposite views and apparent opposite needs and capture their insightful, intimate and sometimes wild cooperation on film. She prefers to hangout in the meeting place where “realities rhyme”. Most projects of Nevejan like The Dutch National Canta Ballet, Couscous & Cola and 14 Stations, ecce homo express this meeting place.

Maartje Nevejan at Wikipedia

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