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August 18, 2020

Inspiration and Connection Drive MUTEK Forum's First Virtual Market of Minds

Alex McLeod, "Purple Ball" - Visual Credit: Alex McLeod

As the sixth edition of MUTEK Forum approaches, the Festival's professional component will feature a market of minds where artists and companies in the fields of digital creation and electronic music can explore the latest in artistic practices while also developing their networks. Over 60 experts from Québec, Canada and around the world will showcase their creative know-how and share critical ideas in some 30 keynotes, panels, case studies, and master classes from September 8 to 11, 2020, via a tailor-made online application.

Prestigious keynote speakers
On Tuesday, September 8, the Forum will kick off with compelling content covering technology's impact on our society, explored with the help of keen-eyed, influential researchers and artists. Following Ruha Benjamin's opening "Race to Future?" presentation, prolific digital artist Refik Anadol will talk to artist and Kickstarter co-founder Perry Chen as part of a discussion moderated by Karine Charbonneau, head of exhibitions at Montréal studio Antimodular Research founded by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

While Wednesday and Thursday will be devoted to XR and artificial intelligence, the final day will turn its focus to the challenges facing the music industry. Marketing and online rights management, as well as prospects for careers in the arts, will be examined by a variety of prestigious guests. These include artist Marie Davidson, a pillar of the Montréal electronic scene, and—for this year’s closing keynote—music journalist and researcher Cherie Hu, founder of the widely read publication Water & Music.


All confirmed speakers: SPEAKERS

The first virtual market dedicated to digital creation and electronic music
In addition to the presentations and discussions, for the first time, the Forum will feature a virtual market that provides participants with the opportunity to stand out within the MUTEK ecosystem and to spark new collaborations. The market will welcome more than 600 people and 200 organizations and companies from all over the world: festivals, events, cultural spaces, promoters, labels, radio stations and other media, digital creation studios, tech companies, universities and other schools, as well as a plethora of artists and independent creators.

Participants will be able to create their own profiles, reach out to each other, and take part in one-on-one meetings, directly via the online application. Exhibitors will be able to take advantage of a unique space that showcases their expertise, services, products, and projects. And, for the first time, MUTEK's programming team has put together an official selection of 20 Québec and Canadian artists, who will benefit from personalized support at the market.

Official market selection:
Alex McLeod CA Alexis Langevin-Tétrault CA/QC Automatisme CA/QC CMD CA/QC Desert Bloom CA/QC Erin Gee CA/QC Frances Adair Mckenzie CA/QC Cy-Ens IR/QC Isabella Salas MX/QC Le désert mauve FR+CA/QC Line Katcho CA/QC Martin Messier CA/QC Musique Nouvelle CA/QC Ouri CA/QC Racine CA/QC Raphaël Néron CA/QC Sahar Homami IR/QC Softcoresoft CA/QC

List of broadcasters, cultural organizations, and other companies in the fields of digital creation and electronic music, who have already confirmed their participation:
#WeAreEquals ES/UK Abuja Art Week NG Abandon Normal Devices UK Affect Lab NL Agentur Grimm DE AMPLIFY D.A.I CA Annex Agency UK Anteism CA/QC AntiVJ ES Art Center Nabi KR ARTECHOUSE US ArtEngine CA Artlab AR Atlas V FR B39 KR Berlin Atonal DE Bridge_48 ES Bucheon Intl. Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) KR CEIMAI CA/QC Centre PHI CA/QC Centro de Cultura Digital MX Champagne Club Sandwich CA/QC chi K11 art museum CN Chronus Arts Centre CN Communikey US CPH:DOX DK Crack Magazine UK CreativeXR UK CRMMIT CA/QC Cryptic / Sonica UK CTM Festival DE Cynetart DE Daïmon CA/QC Decibel Festival US Digi.logue TR Digital Cultures PL Digital Jove ES Diversion Cinema FR DOK Leipzig DE Dream Adoption Society PL Drum Rider Label CN DSLNC ES e.d. Films CA/QC EDGE of Creative JP Electric South ZA Elevate Festival AT Endemico MX FACTOR CA Fak’ugesi ZA Femnoise ES Festival du nouveau cinéma CA/QC Festival KIKK BE FIFA CA/QC FILMGATE MIAMI US Float4 CA/QC Foundation Creative Studio CA Front Porch Productions US Future Everything UK Gamma Festival RU Giioii KR Glovox CL Goethe-Institut Montréal DE/QC Gray Area US Harbourfront Centre CA Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center US Headspace Studio CA/QC HELLERAU - European Centre for the Arts DE Hexagram CA/QC HOLO DE Hong Kong Arts Center HK/CN Hub Studio CA/QC Hyper Festival BR/CA International Conference on Computational Creativity PT International Documentary Festival Amsterdam NL Images Festival CA Impact0 MX/CA/QC Institut français de Barcelone FR/ES Institute for Sound & Music DE Institute of European Design ES InterAccess CA Intonal Festival SE Inversia Festival RU Iregular CA/QCJUMP UK Kaohsiung VR Film Lab TW Keychange UK L.E.V. Festival ES La Boîte Interactive CA/QC Les Garages Numériques BE Linecheck IT Loom Festival ES Lunchmeat CZ Magnetic Asia HK/CN Maintenant Festival FR MaMA Festival & Convention FR MAPP Mtl CA/QC Marshmallow Laser Feast UK Masks for Music ES Media Loca DE MeetFactory CZ Metastage US MIGZ Festival RU MIRA Digital Arts Festival ES MiTherapy ES MOGA Festival MA Molior CA/QC MONOM DE MUSE / Itmakes ES Museum of Modern Electronic Music DE Museum of Transitory Art / Sonica SI Musikcentrum Öst SE MUTEK Barcelona ES MUTEK Buenos Aires AR MUTEK Tokyo JP MUTEK Mexico City MX MUTEK San Francisco US National Endowment for the Arts US National Gallery Singapore - Y-Lab SG New Forms CA NIFFF CH Node Festival IT NODE - Forum for Digital Arts DE Novas Frequências BR Nowness UK Nxt Museum NL Nyege Nyege UG O Cinema US Onassis Cultural Center US Onionlab ES ORF musikprotokoll AT Parallel Lines & Chill O'Posite JO/EG Pheek Audio CA/QC Pioneer Works US Playmodes ES Points North Institute US Primavera Pro ES Proton DK Quo Vadis US Recombinant Festival US Recto-verso CA/QC Refraction Festival CA Retune Festival DE Reworks Festival GR GRRIDM CA/QC Rotondes Festival LU Sandbox Immersive Festival CN Scatter US Scopitone / Stereolux FR SeirenFilms AR Semibreve Festival PT Sheffield Doc/Fest UK SheSaidso.Spain ES siete|media MX/CA/QC Smash JP Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] CA/QC SOCO Festival UY Somerset House UK Sound Obsessed DE Sound of the Xity CN Split Works CN Submerge UK Sundance Institute US Surefire Agency US SVBKVLT CN SXSW US Takuro Someya Contemporary Art JP Telenoika ES Tentacular Festival ES The Bass Valley ES The Invisible Dog Art Center US The Lowry UK Thinkwell Studio Montréal CA/QC Third Eye Crew AE Timecode Lab CA/QC Toast CA/QC TodaysArt NL Topo CA/QC TPAM - Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama JP Trans Europe Halles SE Universidad Pompeu Fabra ES UNPAINTED DE Unreal Engine US Unsound PL Utopia126 ES Ventana Sur Festival AR VIA Festival / Public Records TV US Virtual Worlds Festival DE Volumens ES VR_Sci Fest SE VRDays NL VRHAM! DE WAVLNGTH IN We Are Europe EU Werkleitz Gesellschaft e.V. DE Wireframe CA/QC WISE CN WOS Festival ES WSK Festival of the Recently Possible PH Yes No Klub ID York Mediale UK Yoyaku FRCA/QC

The virtual exhibition: an exceptional showcase of multidisciplinary art Highlighting the work of 25 local and international artists, MUTEK pursues the discussion about our digital futures which began during MUTEK's 20th edition with an entirely virtual exhibition. Distant Arcades is interested in how artists are convening and creating using distance and technology. It features sound works, videos, 360s, and virtual-reality, echoing the tools and concepts discussed during MUTEK Forum: technology and the city, algorithmic bias, collection of personal data, technological racism, and the links between technology, machines and human emotions. Presented in the festival's new virtual gallery—which is free to visit from September 8 to 13—and then on the MUTEK website until September 20, the exhibition centers the agency of the artist in a forced self-isolation virtual society.

Artists confirmed for the exhibition:
Aaron Bradbury UK Alex McLeod CA Debby Friday CA Depart AT Dpt. CA/QC Erin Gee CA/QC Frances Adair Mckenzie CA/QC GLOR1A UK Heather Lander UK Isabella Salas MX/QC Jawa El Khash CA Kathryn Hamilton & Deniz Tortum TR/NL/US Kathy Hinde UK Krzysztof Garbaczewski PL Lila Tirando a Violeta AR/UY Lucas LaRochelle CA/QC Quantum Foam UK Raphaël Néron CA/QC Refik Anadol TR/US Sahar Homami IR/QC Scott Benesiinaabandan CA/QC Shelley Barry ZA Sol Rezza AR Tatiana Heuman AR/DE Vicky Clarke UK

AMPLIFY Digital Arts Initiative Turns Up the Volume with 20 New Artists
A bold proposal launched in 2018 to connect women-identifying artists working in digital arts and electronic music across the Americas and the UK—AMPLIFY D.A.I returns to MUTEK Montréal to showcase the ingenious and future-bending work of 20 new participants. Selected by the British Council, Somerset House Studios and MUTEK, artists from Argentina, Canada, and the UK, join a series of public-facing discursive, exhibition and performance activities during the festival. Enriched by its harnessing of different cultures and experiences, AMPLIFY D.A.I fosters a platform for dialogue on access and equality, while also providing career and networking opportunities—and committing resources to elevate and advance the contemporary and dynamic artistic practices of each cohort. More than 80 women have participated in the initiative, which debuted at MUTEK during the same year the festival first achieved gender parity.

2020 AMPLIFY D.A.I artist selection:
Debby Friday CA Desert Bloom CA/QC Edy Fung UK Efe Ce Ele AR Erin Gee CA/QC Flor de Fuego AR Frances Adair Mckenzie CA/QC GLOR1A UK Heather Lander UK Honey vH+ Haq Pazhutan IR/QC Kathy Hinde UK Le désert mauve FR+CA/QC Lila Tirando a Violeta AR/UY Mimi Allard CA/QC Obuxum CA Sahar Homami IR/QC Sol Rezza AR Tatiana Heuman AR/DE Vicky Clarke UK

AMPLIFY D.A.I is an initiative of the British Council in partnership with MUTEK Montréal, MUTEK Buenos Aires and Somerset House Studios in the UK. The programme is supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Fundación Williams. Amplify D.A.I Website



MUTEK Forum: from Tuesday, September 8 to Friday, September 11, 2020.
All the conferences and activities will be accessible through the online application from September 8 to 20 with one of the three passports on sale now: Discovery, Full, and Company.

Visit the ticketing page to find out about their respective benefits and take advantage of preferential rates ranging from CAD $25 to CAD $250 until Tuesday, August 25 at midnight EDT (6am CEST, 1pm JST).


The complete program and the final list of speakers will be available on MUTEK website on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at noon EDT (6pm CEST; Wednesday, August 26, 1am JST).

We would like to thank all partners of MUTEK Forum
Québec Government, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine du gouvernement du Québec, ministère du Tourisme du Québec, ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts de Montréal, City of Montréal, FACTOR and Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters, Department of Canadian Heritage, Musicaction, British Council, Consulat général de France à Québec, Unreal Engine, Tourisme Montréal, Société des arts technologiques (SAT), National Film Board of Canada, Thinkwell Studio Montréal, École NAD-UQAC, FilmGate Miami, O Cinema, Kaleidoscope, NODE, Virtual Worlds Festival, VRAMH!, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Akufen and Time Code Lab.

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