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 upcoming October 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 be discovered each week starting October 8th

Building on Experience: The Particularities of 2020
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.

Moving Towards, Moving Between
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
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.

The Diffusion of XR and the New Digital Paradigms
PHI Studio will invite experts and curators from the extended reality community to participate in a reflection on the needed transformation in the dissemination of immersive art.

The October issue of Immerse will be online–publishing a new article on a weekly basis–at as of October 8th.

About Centre Phi
The Phi Centre is a versatile space with venues that adapt to accommodate the event at hand: launches, conferences, seminars, screenings, exhibitions, concerts, performances, interactive installations. It has creative studios and production suites equipped with the latest technology for all artistic needs. It’s a multifunctional centre where art can express itself in its various forms. It’s a space where people can exchange, learn, discover, launch, shoot, record, and more.

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