Nautilus is a poetic representation of the encounter between our real and virtual world. The virtual self appears to the visitor like a mirror image, which is almost tangible and allows a playful interaction with the whole body. The borders between reality and virtual world are blurred and the visitor becomes a part of the virtual world. The interactive room installation Nautilus is a vision of the future, in which our reality is augmented with virtual objects that allow free physical interaction.


Bern, March 2019 – Dance performance at the Museumsnacht in the Blackbox of the Bern University of Arts HKB.

Bern, October 2018 – Installation at the shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival.

Bern, March 2018 – Installation at the Intergalactic Reunion Party in the Provisorium46.

Bern, December 2017 – Installation at the New Year’s Party ”Back to the Future” in the Vidmarhallen.

Bern, May 2017 – Installation at the Laboratorium ”Material Digital” of the Bern University of Arts HKB in the Hammerwerk.

Fribourg, March 2017 – Installation at the Open Doors of the School of Engineering and Architecture Fribourg HEIA-FR.

Fribourg, October 2016 – Presentation at the 28ième conférence francophone sur l’Interaction Homme-Machine IHM.

Bern, October 2016 – Video recording of the dance performance in the Blackbox of the Bern University of Arts HKB.

Biel, June 2016 – Dance performance at the Summer Festival of the Bern University of Arts HKB.


”Music, dancers, and staging all were excellent, and the interactive effects were subtle and effective — which is a difficult balance to achieve. I hope you’re planning on more.” — Larry O’Gorman, Bell Labs, E.A.T.

Nautilus is an experiment in Art and Technology by Sara Grimm and Andreas Fischer.

Sara Grimm is the Artistic Director. She obtained her Master of Arts in Music and Movement from the Bern University of Arts HKB. Andreas Fischer is the Technical Director. He is a Professor of Computer Science at the School of Engineering and Architecture in Fribourg HEIA-FR.

The team of artists and engineers is ever growing. For their contributions, special thanks to Valentine Bernasconi, Pascal Buchs, João Ventura, Felix Grimm, Alina Schwitter, Eve Schütz, Marie-Louise Schneider, Mariella Surber, Melanie Kummer, Naja Parejas, Hugo Ryser, Manuel Schüpfer, Maurizio Caon, Omar Abou Khaled, Elena Mugellini, Angelika Garz, Rolf Ingold, Franziska Meyer, and Claudia Wagner.


Sara Grimm. ”Nautilus — Eine digitale Performance im Zeitalter der virtuellen Realität”, Master thesis, Bern University of Arts HKB, 2017.

Andreas Fischer, Sara Grimm, et al. ”Nautilus: Real-Time Interaction Between Dancers and Augmented Reality with Pixel-Cloud Avatars”, Proceedings of the 28ième conférence francophone sur l’Interaction Homme-Machine, pages 50–57, 2016.
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Valentine Bernasconi. ”Interactive dance visualisation — a collaboration between art and technology”, Bachelor thesis, University of Fribourg, 2016.
JAACS Award 2016


Video About: Hugo Ryser, Manuel Schüpfer
Image Events: Angelika Garz
Image Contact: Maurizio Caon