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.
Marijke Sjollema – Co-Founder
‘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 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.
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
Frans van Weeren | Heartcover
Dr. Wim Veling
Ida van der Velde
Barbara de Beukelaar
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
The Class of Miss Zierikzee
OSG Singelland VHS Drachten
UMCG | University Medical Centre Groningen
RUG | Rijks Universiteit Groningen
Prof. Albert ‘Skip’ Rizzo
Delfine Valérie Francillon
Evert Jan Schouwstra