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The PHI Immersive Residency is an eight-week program with PHI Studio in Montréal (Canada) focused on the development stage of a proposed project. Selected artist(s) will work alongside PHI Studio experts to conceptualize, plan, and prototype an interactive artwork or immersive experience. The selected project will receive personalized support, space, and select resources to develop and elaborate their concept within a broader context and create a prototype to prepare the project for eventual production and financial investment.

The 2023 Laureates

PHI Residences PH Iimmersif Laureats2023 Ismaila Jallow

ISMAILA JALLOW

Ismaila Jallow is a writer-director based in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has a BA in filmic processes and comes from directing, writing and producing short films. Crow Castle is his first VR-project.

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PHI Residences PH Iimmersif Laureats2023 Benjamin Olah

BENJAMIN OLÁH

Benjamin Oláh has a BA in design/art. As an artist, he works with VR, new media, interactive art, and 3D, which allows me to create unique and innovative artworks that challenge the boundaries of what is possible in the art world. By using technology and new media, he is able to create works that give the audience a completely new experience and make them think in a different way. His works often explore different narratives and investigate how we can use technology and interactive elements to tell a story in a new way.

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PHI Residences PHI Immersif Laureates2023 Filip Myrberg

FILIP MYRBERG

With a background in film, Filip Myrberg is exploring new ways to tell stories through technologies such as VR, interactive design and the web. He is currently studying a bachelor in film at Gothenburg university where he is investigating the web as a viewing platform and how this changes both viewer experience and the filmmaker's creative process. Filip is interested in how programming logic redefines and changes the premises of storytelling.

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THE PROJECT: CROW CASTLE

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Crow Castle is a VR experience centered on the story of a young boy. Since his parents raised him with two different names, he has become two. At least, that's what he tells us. In truth, the boy has created a second identity to avoid the traumas he has endured. To separate what he remembers of the past, the boy builds a palace of memories, "his own little Crow Castle," where pictures can be sewn into whatever he chooses.

PHI Residence Immersif Laureat2023 Crow Castle VR
Photo: Image from Crow Castle

The memory palace has been created in the shape of a summer house that the boy’s mother and her friends used to rent from a man who may or may not have been a pedophile. As we explore the house, we get familiar with the characters that used to inhabit the Crow Castle. At first, these characters are presented as being double-sided and untrustworthy, but the deeper down in the palace we get, we realize that we can’t always trust what parts of the memory palace are real memories and what parts are tools for the boy to remember something else.

As the experience unfolds the participant will travel further and further into the boy’s subconscious and encounter parts of the palace where spirits and demons lure in the walls.

The Selection Committee

Ana Brzezińska

Ana is an XR Curator and Creative Producer currently responsible for Immersive programming at Tribeca Festival. In 2020-22 she was Head of Studio at Kaleidoscope, an American-French immersive production company specializing in virtual and hybrid event production, and fostering up-and-coming projects and talent. Partnering with the Museum of Other Realities, Kaleidoscope has been on the bleeding edge of virtual event production, co-creating a number of immersive gatherings including the biggest VR exhibition in virtual reality at Cannes XR/Marché du Film, a first virtual fashion show with RYOT/Verizon Media, and a first national collection of immersive art with Digital Catapult/UKRI. Kaleidoscope co-produced a number of acclaimed VR experiences, including Spheres, starring Jessica Chastain and Patti Smith and executive produced by Darren Aronofsky, Battlescar, starring Rosario Dawson, and Evolver executive produced by Terrence Malick and Edward Pressman. Ana collaborates with public funds (Creative Europe MEDIA), NGO, universities and business. Formerly Producer and Director at Discovery Group, and Multimedia Lead at the Grand Theater–National Opera in Warsaw, she has over 15 years of experience in audiovisual content and event production working across TV, film, digital media, and theatre.

Coline Delbaere

Coline has a degree in Political Science with a focus on Cultural Expertise. She worked for a theatre company, a label, as a multidisciplinary programmer, and on film shoots. Since 2017, she has worked as an ambassador on numerous international award-winning immersive projects, taking pleasure in confronting the use of new technologies with a multitude of artistic disciplines. Skilled in the production of complex interactive projects, she joins PHI in 2019, eager to evolve the codes of encounter between audiences and creations. Coline is also a member of the Digital Experiences Commission of the Centre National du Cinéma (France).

Myriam Achard

Myriam Achard is the voice and face of PHI internationally. Her mission is twofold: to promote the development of local and international artistic avant-garde, while paving the way for new creators. Since 2006, she has worked with Phoebe Greenberg to promote PHI's creative impulse, driven by an ambitious message: to develop and promote artistic innovation in the world. Thanks to its efforts, the group today occupies a prominent place in the artistic avant-garde, both as producer and distributor. PHI exports its creative impulse to three continents, from New York to Tokyo, via Venice. As head of new media partnerships and public relations, Myriam Achard travels the world in search of the most innovative and immersive works in order to present them in Montreal.

The Residency

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Location
Montréal, Québec (Canada)

PHI Immersive Residency program (8 weeks)
→ Call for Proposals: October 4 to November 3, 2022
→ Public announcement of the selected project: January 2023
→ Residency Period: January 30, 2023 to March 24, 2023

Contact
For more information, please contact [email protected].

Program Details

Positioned at the intersection of art and technology, PHI Studio develops and presents collective experiences centered around audience interactivity. PHI Immersive Residency is an annual residency program that offers the opportunity to conceptualize and prototype a new immersive or interactive artwork with the world-class PHI Studio team. This residency is part of PHI’s continued effort to contribute to the development of future generations of immersive storytellers.

Local and international artists or small production companies with established or emerging careers are encouraged to apply. Through PHI Immersive Residency, PHI aims to invest in incredible artists with incredible ideas and contribute to the growing global field of new media art and experiences.

The PHI Immersive residency program does not include financial funding grants for artists. PHI Immersive is a residency where the support provided comes via access to mentors, facilities, expertise, and networks. If you are applying for external funding or bursaries, we are happy to help with any official documentation that you might need.


Mandate

What kind of projects are we looking for?

Artists are asked to submit a proposal for artwork including but not limited to:

 New media or interactive installations;
 Immersivity;
 Extended Realities : Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality;
 AI driven projects;
 Immersive sound or audio.

We are looking for technologically driven innovative artistic projects with strong storylines and narratives.

Devoted to the conceptualization stage of the project, selected artists participating in PHI Immersive Residency will receive:

 Personalized support (workshops, one-on-one consultations) from the PHI Studio team over the eight-week residency period:

  • Conceptual and creative support;
  • Programming and development support.
  • Technical support;
  • Production support;
  • Design and scenography support.

 Access to the following PHI Studio facilities: PHI’s XR equipment ; PHI’s sound recording and editing studio and sound engineer; access to PHI's offices and administrative spaces.
 Promotional support of the final presentation across PHI networks;
 Access to PHI’s vast network of collaborators;
 Production of a short video profile to support next-stage financing of the project.

The artist(s) will retain the Intellectual Property of their project, but PHI might ask for the first option for co-production, distribution, or exhibition.

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Eligibility Requirements

 Local and international artists or small production companies with established or emerging careers are encouraged to apply;
 Artists are asked to submit a proposal for artwork including, but not limited to: new media or interactive installations, immersivity, extended realities (virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality), ai driven projects, immersive sound or audio;
 Groups and collectives of artists are eligible (up to 4 members), the conditions offered remain the same.


Selection Process

The selection will be undertaken by a committee composed of PHI staff and invited external professionals and peers who reflect a diverse set of expertise and perspectives.

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

 The originality of the project and narrative, its contribution to the diversity of creation, its conceptual and technical rigour and innovation (50%);
 Feasibility of the project from conceptualizing to prototyping to production stages and the technical and budgetary practicality of the proposed project (30%);
 History of executed works and portfolio (20%).

PHI is committed to equity in all its forms.


PHI Studio Team

The PHI Studio team is comprised of strategists, artistic directors, creative developers, technologists, designers, and exhibition designers.

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