Marijke Sjollema – Co-Founder

Sjollema is an artist who divides her time between her studios in the North of the Netherlands, below sea level, and Sweden, at the seaside. Ever since she first encountered, by chance, a wild bottlenose dolphin in 1993, she has been traveling to meet and sometimes swim with free dolphins and whales all over the world.

‘Nothing has spoken more to my imagination than staring into the eye of a cetacean, there is a sense of a very soulful being good willingly looking back at you. There always seems to be this element of magic around whales and dolphins. In all these years I have seen many people being profoundly moved.

This is the experience we would like to share with you. For anyone who can’t be out there in the oceans (all the time) the amazing technology of VR will bring them home to you!  And better still, the dolphins stay in their own home, the free oceans of the world!’

*The Dolphin Swim Club is from the beginning truly meant as a co-creation with the cetaceans. (That is what the co stands for). September the 5th  2015 we officially started with the project. That same day two (the now famous, Selfi & Delfi) bottlenose dolphins showed up in front of the studio in Sweden. Truly miraculous timing, even more so given the fact that dolphins are not at all native to the Baltic Sea! And of course we went swimming with them to meet them under water, in their world! Read all about it in our blog.


Contact: Marijke Sjollema
Title:*Co-Founder: Embassy of the Cetacean ImagiNation & the Dolphin Swim Club
Phone: +31 (0)623169603
* Cetacean Consciousness

Benno Brada

Benno Brada has a long background in business consultancy (Nijenrode University, Harvard). He brings in all his expertise and energy to manage the Dolphin Swim Club. With his wife Marijke Sjollema he shares a profound love of cetaceans and he has accompanied her on many oceanic adventures.

VIEMR

We push quality, creativity and the WOW-factor to the next level in all forms of 360° video and Virtual Reality solutions. For more than six years our highly experienced 360° production crew and developers strive for fruitful collaborations and have an insane passion for inspiring immersive experiences.

‘This project is very special to us. Instead of working mostly on commercial campaigns with high (but short) attention spans, our technique can really create added value to this project. We can truly enrich peoples lives, make them smile and contribute in the research of Virtual Reality technology in mental healthcare’

‘For the love of Dolphins,  For the love of People’.

These People we definitely love :

All our special sponsors and ‘back up’ team for supporting the Dolphin Swim Club so generously by donating their time, talents, expertise and/or money! A thousand thanks!

(In complete random order)

Printerette | Amsterdam

Pien en Joep Eleveld

Ian Graham

Nelleke Roeleveld

Frans van Weeren | Heartcover

Ype Brada

Dr. Wim Veling

Ida van der Velde

Kasper Huizinga

Barbara de Beukelaar

Denise Rivera

Stephen Hutton | free-diver | filmmaker

Ahmed Hamza | free-diver | diveguide

Mohamed Ismail | free-diver | marine biologist

Captain Samey Abu Baker | diver

Martine van Nispen

The wonderful Nooraya Crew

Fam. Akkerman

Adri Eleveld

Hans Vriens

Trixi Vriends

Johannes Houtsma

Ayla Zierikzee

The Class of Miss Zierikzee

OSG Singelland VHS Drachten

Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen

UMCG | University Medical Centre Groningen

RUG | Rijks Universiteit Groningen

Prof. Albert ‘Skip’ Rizzo

Gerlinde Vervenne

Astrid Vereecken

Ursula Speck

Delfine Valérie Francillon

Ute Lohmeyer

Bernard Maarsingh

Evert Jan Schouwstra