Geneva 1850

A revolutionary journey

Project Info

Museum of Art and History of Geneva



Have you ever dreamed of time traveling to another era? This is the experience we proposed to realize in partnership with the City of Geneva with this virtual immersion into the Geneva of 1850.

Headset strapped to your head, movement sensors attached to your wrists and feet, you are now all geared up to dive into the Geneva 1850 experience. This VR installation immerses users into the Geneva of a time when the city was on the brink of modernity. In groups of four, impersonating period costume-clad avatars, users are given a chance to discover the city as it was in October 1846, just days before its people rose up in insurrection. Featuring a spectacular number of special effects, the experience is not only a visual, auditory and olfactory one. It also includes a physical and haptic dimension — users can feel themselves walking around the virtual city and pick up actual objects to interact with their environment, their fellow travelers and city dwellers.

Based on 3D data collected through the digitization of the Magnin model exhibited at Maison Tavel, this extraordinary experience is an invitation to travel back in time and witness the outbreak of Geneva’s “Fazy” revolution.

Originally exhibited from April 12th-July 14th, 2019 at Maison Tavel and from August 1st-September 29th, 2019 at the Museum of Art and History of Geneva.

Permanently exhibited at the Dreamscape center in Geneva, level-1 of Confederation Center. Check for more information and to get tickets.

More information on the VR technology here.


Production, project direction, VR platform, 3D content creation, gameplay and R&D

Coordination City of Geneva, Museum of Art and History
Félicien Mazzola, David Matthey, Bertrand Mazeirat

Marianne Brun

Director of actors
Dorian Rossel

Marco Calamandrei, Fabien Coquil, Xavier Fernandez Cavada, Delphine Lanza, José Lillo, Edmond Vuilloux

Concept art and illustrations
Laurence Suhner

Sound environment

Decors and haptic devices
Marc Wettstein

Smells creation
Firmenich SA

User equipment design
Actis-Datta Créations Sàrl

English dubbing
Dale Chappell, Melisa Epp, Andrew Fogarasi, Kenneth, Kriheli, Stephen Fu, Vince Melamed, David Richter, Steven Varnum

Voice over
Sabina Foeth

Scientific committee
Bénédicte De Donker, Estelle Fallet, Alexandre Fiette, Sylvain Wenger

City of Geneva, Ernst Göhner Foundation