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PHI, Guest Editor for Immerse

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Building on its global reputation, PHI has been invited by Immerse, a renowned international collaborative publication committed to exploring and showcasing emerging nonfiction projects, to take over the creation of its October 2020 issue– collaborating on its ideation all the way to its content production.

An initiative of the MIT Open DocLab and The Fledgling Fund, and supported by Just Films | Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, Immerse offers critical discussions on the many creative, ethical and social issues related to emerging interactive media and new forms of nonfiction storytelling.

As PHI has always championed the need for collaborative conversations around art, new modes of communication and innovative immersive experiences, this invitation further underscores a shared vision and initiative. The recent turmoil impacting the global cultural sphere reinforces the importance of eliciting a dialogue to better envision the future.

As guest editor, PHI asked its team to take a critical look at the initiatives developed in recent months. Key collaborators also participate in a global reflection on the future of the arts. The October issue, Emergence, promises to address current topics around immersive technology, which has been called upon to play a pivotal role in the ability of artists and institutions to create meaningful connections with and between a distanced audience.

Four themes to explore

Building on Experience: 2020

Construire sur l Expérience

In this first article, Phoebe Greenberg, founder and director of PHI, outlines the underlying motivations that helped form the creation of programming adapted to the exceptional context of the pandemic.

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Uncharted Territory is The Norm, a roundtable discussion in a surreal PHI Centre as part of PHI Virtual Program
“Dedicated to the exploration of arts and exchange of ideas, we embrace the unknown, we experiment, and we take risks”

Phoebe Greenberg

Moving Towards, Moving Between

Mobilités Moving Fondation PHI Immerse

An essay on the horizontal approach to creation, studying the concept of artist residencies through artist Diego Galafassi’s Breathe installation, produced in collaboration with PHI Studio, as well as the Parallel Lines virtual artist residency, produced in collaboration with the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art.

Glitch as Wormhole

La défaillance comme possibilité

How can digital technology be used to humanize artistic exchanges in a global context? This question is explored through the PHI_portal, an immersive public art installation presented at the PHI Centre in partnership with Shared_Studios.

VR Venice Expanded Biennale PHI Centre
VR Venice Expanded, Venice Mostra’s virtual reality section in Montreal

The Diffusion of XR and the New Digital Paradigms

Diffusion de la XR et nouveaux paradigmes numériques

PHI Studio invited Michel Reilhac, curator for the Venice VR (from La Biennale di Venezia) to participate in a reflection on the needed transformation in the dissemination of immersive art.

“LARPing because it is the highest level of immersive fiction experiences”

Michel Reilhac

The October issue of Immerse

available online


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Marc Quinn

October 5 January 6, 2008

Gathering over forty recent works, DHC/ART’s inaugural exhibition by conceptual artist Marc Quinn is the largest ever mounted in North America and the artist’s first solo show in Canada

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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February 22 May 25, 2008

Six artists present works that in some way critically re-stage films, media spectacles, popular culture and, in one case, private moments of daily life

Exhibition Contemporary Art


Sophie Calle: Take Care of Yourself

July 4 October 19, 2008

This poetic and often touching project speaks to us all about our relation to the loved one

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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Christian Marclay: Replay

November 30 March 29, 2009

DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art is pleased to present the North American premiere of Christian Marclay’s Replay, a major exhibition gathering works in video by the internationally acclaimed artist

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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Michal Rovner: Particles of Reality

May 21 September 27, 2009

DHC/ART is pleased to present Particles of Reality, the first solo exhibition in Canada of the celebrated Israeli artist Michal Rovner, who divides her time between New York City and a farm in Israel

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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Living Time

October 16 November 22, 2009

The inaugural DHC Session exhibition, Living Time, brings together selected documentation of renowned Taiwanese-American performance artist Tehching Hsieh’s One Year Performances and the films of young Dutch artist, Guido van der Werve

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Int. Stage-Day

January 29 May 9, 2010

Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s film installations experiment with narrative storytelling, creating extraordinary tales out of ordinary human experiences

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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Jenny Holzer

June 30 November 14, 2010

For more than thirty years, Jenny Holzer’s work has paired text and installation to examine personal and social realities

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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