Mélanie Courtinat is an award-winning art director and artist, born and based in Paris, France.
Considering video games as a major medium, she focuses on their extraordinary immersive properties, and seeks to push back their limits.
The outcome, crafted through the use of digital tools, results in CGI images and films, Interactive experiences, Virtual and Augmented reality. 

As an art director, she works on commissioned projects for clients in the Luxury, Fashion, Culture & Music fields.

As an artist, her personal work is consistently being shown worldwide in cultural institutions, galleries and museums, from Tokyo to New York.

Mélanie also teaches video game theory at Écal in Lausanne and frequently conducts lectures and workshops in an academic setting.

Additionally, she has received recent nominations from the French 'Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée' to serve as a jury member for the Videogame Support Fund, and from the Swiss 'Cinéforum' as an expert for the Digital Experiences Support Fund. 


SELECTED CLIENTS + COLLABORATORS
LVMH
CARTIER
CHANEL
JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER
DOLCE&GABBANA
ORVEDA
VOGUE CZECHOSLOVAKIA 
TÉTIER BIJOUX
VITRA
JULIA HEUER
UBISOFT
GROUPE MAZARINE
COTY
DIXON
JENNIFER CARDINI
AGAR AGAR
REGINA DEMINA
FAERIES RECORDS
IKEUCHI
CONTACT            contact@melaniecourtinat.com
SOCIALS             @melanie.courtinat


SHOWS + SCREENINGS
2024

Night of ideas, Villa Albertine, Jersey city
Biennale NOVA_XX, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris

Vivre l'œuvre. Voyage aux frontières de l'art immersif contemporain, Musée d'art de Pully
Néo-matérialités, le Cube Garges

2023

The House of Pain, New Galerie, Paris
DOQUMENTA, Querétaro
Festival de la Cinemateca de Bogotà
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Bucheon
Transmoderna+Dixon, Artsdistrict Brooklyn, New York
Anidox, Viborg Animation Festival, Viborg
Festival européen du film fantastique de Strasbourg
Cerveau-Machine, Biennale Némo, Le Cube, Garches
Nuit blanche, Le Consulat Voltaire, Paris
Animafest Zagreb 2023, Zagreb
Jeden svět, International human rights film festival, Prague
It’s dangerous to go alone!, Galerie Edouard Manet, Gennevilliers
Festival Côté Court, Pantin
Animation First, New York
International Film festival, Rotterdam
Les Magasins Généraux, Pantin
Smart Fipa Doc, Biarritz
Issue 5 Group Show, Studio Magazine, Zurich

2022
La Biennale di Venezia (Mostra), Immersive selection, Venice
Photo Mode, Ideal Glass Studios, New York
Hyperscapes, Kornhausforum, Bern
Revolution V52, Caen + Marseille
Geneva International Film Festival, Geneva
The Art of Play,  3537, Paris
Octobre Numérique, Arles
London Film Festival (BFI), London
DOK Neuland, Leipzig
Transmoderna, NTX Museum, Amsterdam
BLON Festival, Klaipėda



2021
REFRESH #4, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zurich
Oslo Night, House of Electronic Arts, Basel
Le Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris
Current New Medias, Santa Fé
Festival New Images, Paris
Originelles, Galerie Charlot, Paris
Recto Vrso, Laval

2020
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona
Synthesis Gallery, Berlin

2019
Summer Show, Galerie Lily Robert, Paris
LVMH Pavillon, Paris
New Images, Paris
Devenirs Terrestres, La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris

2018
La Biennale d’art contemporain, Lyon
La Totale, Studios Orta, Boisy-Le-Châtel
Tokyo Game Show, Tokyo
Nordic Games, Malmö
FILE, Electronic Language International Festival, São Paulo
Les rencontres du Septième art, Lausanne
VR Arles Festival, Rencontres d’Arles
Huis van de Vlaamse film, Brussels

2017
Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein
Paris Electronic Week, La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris
NASSCOM India, Hyderabad

2016
When objects dream, Salone Del Mobile, Milan
Personne Publique, Galerie Pazioli, Lausanne
Pier 17 opening, San Francisco

RESIDENCIES
Digital Playgrounds, Villa Albertine, New York
Résidence Evil, l’Abri, Geneva
La Becque, La Tour-de-Peilz
Imprudence residency for speculative design, Paris
Fabbula VR residency, Barcelona



PRESS + PUBLICATIONS
T le magazine du Temps, Vogue Czechoslovakia, Vogue Japan, Tracks by ARTE, ID Magazine, VICE, Les Inrocks, Numero, Magazine Magazine, It’s Nice That, Deezen, Magazine Magazine, Magmah, Fisheye Magazine, Nova, Revue Immersion, Le Point Contemporain, Usbek & Rica, Konbini, Radio Télévision Suisse, France 24, XR Must, Art News, Zweikommasieben, Telerama, VRroom, Der Bund, Couleur 3, L’ADN, Isthisit?,  La Liberté, Nova, Tsugi, Le Point

LECTURES
Swiss interactive media design days, St. Gallen (upcoming)
Foward Festival, Berlin (upcoming)
Beyond sound, vision, Amsterdam Dance Event, Amsterdam
Semi marathon, Worldbuilding opening, Centre Pompidou Metz
Hyperscapes, Kornhausforum, Bern
Photomode in video games, Ideal Glass Studios, New York
Faire monde, Octobre Numérique, Arles
Video Games, beyond entertainment - 3537, Paris
Total Conversion, Galerie Forde, Geneva
Artist talk, Playing Narrative, Serbian games association, Belgrade
Keeping Up With Web3 Content Creation, Meta Panel, Paris

All unsaved progress will be lost, Immersity 6, Angoulême
Visual Contagions through the Lens of New Media, University of Geneva
Connecting with others, Grand Palais Augmenté, Paris
Artist talk, Synthesis Gallery, Berlin
Representations of female characters in video games, Unite India, Hyderabad
Virtual reality for creation, Rolex Forum, Lausanne
Engaging the audience in virtual reality, Huis van de Vlaamse film, Brussels
Materials of virtual reality, VR Arles Festival, Arles

TEACHING
Workshop, Kill Screen, Los Angeles
Workshop & Master projects supervision, Académie des Beaux-Arts de Paris
Theory of video games, ECAL, Lausanne
Artist talk, Amsterdam Fashion Institute
Workshop supervision, Master Fashion Image, Institut Français de la mode, Paris
Artistic Direction, EICAR, Paris
Workshop for the Master photography, ECAL, Lausanne
Artist talk, Master Virtual reality, University of the Arts, London
Artist talk, Kein Kino, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zürich
New frontiers for new digital spaces, Académie de Paysagisme de Versailles



JURY
Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée, Support Fund for Videogames (FAJV), Paris
Cinéforum, Support fund for digital experiences, Switzerland
Ubisoft, Photo Mode exhibition, New York
Art Games Jam by Fabbula, Octobre Numérique, Arles
Geneva International Film Festival, Future Is Sensible Award, Geneva
Sehsüchte Film Festival, Virtual reality selection, Potsdam-Babelsberg
Le Club des Directeurs Artistiques, Digital Experimentation & Innovation 2023, Paris
École Duperré, Master + DSAA Image media éditorial, diploma projects, Paris
École GOBELINS, Bachelor Graphiste jeux vidéo, augmented reality projects, Paris
École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne - Bachelor Media Interaction design, thesis projects, Lausanne