Currently based
Quebec, Canada
Affiliated institution
Immersence, Inc.

Char Davies is internationally recognized for pioneering artworks using the technologies of virtual reality. Originally a painter, she transitioned to digital media in the late-80s, becoming a founding director of the 3-D software company Softimage. Her most renowned virtual environment, Osmose (1995), is considered a landmark in the history of new media art. Davies has also published numerous essays on virtual space, and in 2005 she completed a doctorate in new media philosophy (CAiiA, University of Plymouth, UK). Recent awards include an honorary doctorate of fine arts (University of Victoria, British Columbia). Davies is based in rural Québec and San Francisco. (

2005 PhD in philosophy, Center for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts, University of Plymouth, UK
2002 Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts, University of Victoria, British Columbia / Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts
2002 Artist in Residence at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver B.C.
2002 Regents-Lectureship from UCLA
2001 New Media Residency grant from the Canada Council
1998 founding of Immersence Inc / art & technology research company
1993 Prix Distinction, Ars Electronica, Linz / for "The Yearning"
1991 Prix Pixel Image at Imagina (Monte Carlo, Monaco)
1987 - 1997 founding director and Board of Directors of Softimage Inc. / head of the Visual Research group
1978 Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria, British Columbia
1973 - 1975 Bennington College, Vermont / studied liberal arts (visual art, philosophy, religion, anthropology and biology)