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VR Residency

Crans-Montana, Switzerland


World VR Forum in partnership with Crans-Montana, Valais Wallis Promotion and Service de la culture du Canton du Valais is pleased to announce the first edition of its Artist Residency for VR projects, which will take place in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, during 2 months.

Home for the WVRF Annual Summit, Crans-Montana has become a relevant hot spot for the VR connoisseurs around the world. This is why we considered that, by extension, this should also become the home of an artist residency exclusively dedicated to VR and AR projects. We think the mix of first class alpine air and breathe-taking mountain views together with a warm and welcoming working space equipped with last generation gadgets can be highly inspiring and most stimulating for developing high quality projects. Therefore we invite artists from all around the world to apply individually or as teams up to 4 participants. The team will be followed by professionals throughout the creative process. The final selection will be made by an international committee and the selected artists will be invited to live and work in specially designated spaces in Crans-Montana.

During the two months of the residency, they will have to prototype an interactive experience in virtual or augmented reality. While any reference – direct or purely abstract – to the Swiss Alpine environment as a main source of inspiration is highly encouraged during the creative process, there are no restrictions or obligations in what concerns the type of artistic expression, style or medium.

The team will be followed by a board of international mentors throughout the creative process and will also be invited to get involved with the local community by giving workshops and presentations in the most prestigious schools with a technical and artistic profile of the region.

At the end of the residency, the team must present the project to a committee composed of experts and supporters of the initiative, while the official premiere will take place during the WVRF Annual Summit. The team will be able to share the thoughts on their experience during the WVRF conferences, and the project will be displayed in the following weeks in a special designated exhibition place.



Located on a high plateau in the mountains, bathed in sunshine and looking out over the Rhone Valley at an altitude of 1,500m, Crans-Montana is one of the major tourist destinations in Valais. Crans-Montana is also well-known for its air being the purest in the Swiss Alps, not forgetting the 300 days of sunshine a year. The perfect destination to develop creativity.

Sport Palace in Crans-Montana is an apartment complex featuring an indoor pool and a bar. The Crans Cable Car is 1.2 km away. The studios and apartments at Sport Palace are fitted with a balcony, a sofa, a bathroom and a kitchen.


Antoine Widmer

Adventures Lab (CH)

Antoine Widmer is a professor in information systems at HES-SO Valais-Wallis doing research in VR and AR applied to eHealth, eTourism and eLearning since September 2016. He obtained his PhD in software engineering in…

    Chuck Peil

    Reel FX Animation (USA)

    As a founding member of Reel FX, Peil has participated in the studios significant growth over the past 22 years which now employs 315 team members in their 75,000 square foot Dallas and 17,000 square foot Santa Monica…

      Hélène Joye-Cagnard

      Service de la culture du Valais

      Hélène Joye-Cagnard is currently Head of the Cultural Activities Promotion Section of the Valais State Department of Culture. She previously directed the Biel-Bienne Photographic Days and held the post of Deputy Director of the…


        Pinta Studio (CN)

          Max Rheiner

          ZHDK / Somniacs (CH)

          Max Rheiner is head of the Master Design Interaction Program at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK), who has been teaching in both the bachelors and masters programs for the Department of Interaction…

            Raphaël Favre

            Valais Wallis Promotion

            Raphaël Favre is Head of Business Development and member of the Management of Valais/Wallis Promotion (VWP), the promotion organisation of the canton of Valais. He is particularly responsible for the development of new promotion…

              Salar Shahna

              World VR Forum (CEO)

              Salar Shahna, a native of Geneva, Switzerland is the Creative Director and CEO of the World VR Forum. His vision shaped the artistic orientation of WVRF’s annual summit which was acclaimed unanimously by its…

                Shari Frilot

                Sundance Film Festival (USA)

                Shari Frilot joined the programming team in 1998 and currently focuses on U.S. and World Cinema dramatic features, as well as films that experiment and push the boundaries of conventional storytelling. She is also…

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                  • service culture
                  • Valais Wallis Promotion
                  • Crans-Montana