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PHI IMMERSIVE RESIDENCY is an eight-week residency with PHI Studio in Montreal, Canada focused on the conceptualization stage of a proposed project. Selected artist(s) will work alongside PHI Studio experts to develop, 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 Residency

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Deadline to apply
November 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

Montreal, Quebec


→ Call for Proposals: October 4 to November 1, 2021

→ Q&A Webinar (45 minutes) via Zoom: October 19, 2021, at 10 a.m. EST

→ Public announcement of the selected artist(s): December 1, 2021

→ Residency Period: January 11th, 2022 to March 5, 2022

For more information, please contact [email protected]

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Program Details

Positioned at the intersection of art and technology, PHI Studio develops and presents collective experiences centred 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. 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.

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What kind of projects are we looking for?

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

  • Interactive or new media;
  • Immersivity;
  • Virtual Reality;
  • Augmented Reality;
  • Sound and/or Generative Music or Audio.

We are looking for experimental projects with a strong storyline and narratives, and technologically driven.

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:

        Technical support;
        Production support;
        Conceptual and creative support;
        Design and scenography support;
        Programming and other specialty support.

  • Access to the following PHI Studio facilities: PHI’s sound recording and editing studio and sound engineer; access to PHI's offices and administrative spaces.
  • Access to PHI’s vast network of collaborators;
  • Production of a short video profile on each artist for promotional purposes, to be shared across PHI networks.

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

PHI Studio Team

Members of PHI Studio will be providing specialized support and guidance throughout the residency:

Annabelle Fiset

Annabelle has more than twenty years of creative experience, starting in advertising and graphic design before moving to exhibition design. In 2015 she joined the GSM Project team, where for nearly five years she contributed to several large exhibitions. In 2019 she joined the PHI Studio team to develop large-scale immersive experiences such as THE INFINITE.

Thomas Azoug

By designing innovative technological solutions to support some of the most ambitious immersive experiences of recent years, Thomas is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of the location-based experience industry.

Joël Guérin-Simard

With over five years working with immersive art and VR exhibitions, Joël specializes in streamlining immersive experiences, from the user experience to the flow of operations. He has installed and trained staff at exhibitions and festivals all around the world.

Sarah Migos

Sarah Migos is a designer based in Montreal. Her practice lies between art, design and architecture. After starting her career in graphic design, she soon began focusing on space, which she considers a living painting that can be walked through, felt, and inhabited by humans.

Isabelle Brodeur

After working for 15 years as creative and production director at Cirque du Soleil, the Montréal Complètement Cirque Festival, and on numerous theatrical productions, Isabelle felt drawn towards the digital world in 2015. Since then, she has been working as a producer and production manager in the immersive exhibition team at the PHI Centre.

Coline Delbaere

Since 2017, Coline has worked as an ambassador on numerous international award-winning immersive experiences involving an array of artistic disciplines. In 2019, she brought her skill producing complex interactive projects to the PHI with the goal to evolve the codes of behaviour between audiences and creations.

Julie Tremblay

Julie has over twenty years of experience in project management and team management on experiential and immersive projects that have continued to grow in complexity. At PHI Studio since 2017, Julie has been developing PHI Studio's location-based expertise.

Marc-André Nadeau

In his role as technical and technological director of the PHI, Marc-André Nadeau ensures that the public's experiences with technology are as seamless and streamlined as possible. His job involves overseeing the entire process, from the initial preliminary stages to the realization of exhibitions.

Andrew Gray

Since 2018, Andrew has worked at the PHI and specialized in contextualizing and presenting immersive artworks. With his artistic and academic background in sound and installation, he brings his unique perspective and experience to develop strategies for mediation and education surrounding an artwork.
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Submit your application by November 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. by completing this Application Form.

Applicants will be asked to supply:

  1. Contact Information;
  2. Artist/Collective CV (3 pages maximum);
  3. An artistic deck including (8 pages max):
    1. A summary note presenting the main artistic elements of the project: concept, synopsis, an interactive device in line with the chosen format and the target audience(s);
    2. A statement of intent describing the artistic choices and creative challenges specific to the chosen format;
    3. Literary and/or graphic elements presenting the main characteristics of the project: literary treatment, the visual universe, elements of scriptwriting illustrating the principles of immersive or interactive narration;
    4. A description of expected needs for PHI support in conceptualizing and prototyping your artwork.
  4. Documentation of previous work (up to five maximum; web links to existing images, video, builds, or other documentation are accepted).

Applications can be completed in French or English. Incomplete applications or applications that do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be considered.

The successful applicant will be contacted on November 17, 2021, and will be publicly announced in early December, 2021.

Eligibility Requirements

PHI IMMERSIVE RESIDENCY is a highly competitive program aimed at individual artists and/or small production companies (fewer than five employees) who have an innovative idea for a first-of-its-kind immersive or interactive experience, and the drive to realize it. Artists or collectives with committed professional practices, from all multidisciplinary backgrounds, are invited to apply.

We are looking for artists or collectives who are elaborating a great idea but require accompaniment to facilitate the creative development, the guidance through the production stages, who need support developing a prototype, and/or who require technological expertise to see their project into fruition.

International applicants are eligible to apply but must relocate to Montreal, Canada, for the duration of the 8-week residency (January - February 2022). Lodging and travel are not provided as part of the residency. International artists and collectives are responsible for securing their work permits and other travel documentation if applicable. Conditions offered for single artists remain the same for groups and collectives.

One project will be selected.

Selection Process

The selection will be undertaken by a committee composed of PHI staff and invited external professionals 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 (45%);
  • Feasibility of the project from conceptualizing to prototyping to production stages and the technical and budgetary practicality of the proposed project (30%);
  • Quality of past work and overall application (25%).

PHI is committed to equity in all its forms.

2022 Selection Committee

  • Michel Reilhac

    Immersive author, Curator of Venice VR Expanded, and Director of Studies for College Cinema and College VR at the Venice Biennale

  • Caroline Monnet

    Canadian multidisciplinary contemporary artist

  • Phoebe Greenberg

    Founder and Chief Creative Officer at PHI

  • Myriam Achard

    Chief, New Media Partnerships and Public Development at PHI

  • Coline Delbaere

    Producer of immersive experience at PHI

Q+A Session:
October 19, 2021 at 10 a.m. EST

PHI will be offering one 45-minutes online Q+A session (30 minutes to respond to questions that had been sent in prior via email, and 15 minutes at the end for attendees) to offer further guidance on the residency and the preparation of your application. We invite all interested applicants to attend, via the Zoom link here:

Please email your questions beforehand.
For further clarification about the application process, selection process, and the PHI IMMERSIVE RESIDENCY as a whole, please consult the following FAQ document, or send your questions to: [email protected]


Health and Safety: COVID-19

Throughout the residency and public presentation period, the PHI Team will carefully follow the health protocols recommended by Quebec Public Health authorities to ensure the safety of all participants and support staff.

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