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The Guide to MUTEK Forum

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MUTEK is more than a festival. MUTEK Forum, the professional component of the Montreal-based organization, is an annual gathering in Tio'tia:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal.

Through captivating conferences, interactive panels, practical workshops, stimulating labs, and inspiring film screenings, the Forum critically examines the digital arts and technology industries, electronic music, artificial intelligence, XR, gaming, and explores the innovative potential at their intersections.

The event brings together artists, digital experts, researchers, innovators, and representatives from organizations such as Google, Ubisoft, PHI, Moment Factory, Mila, and Hexagram. MUTEK Forum features over 45 activities across 4 days, featuring nearly 100 speakers from 17 countries.

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Tuesday, August 20th

Into the Wild: Towards AI Ecologies
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Wednesday, August 21st

Converging Realities: Hybrid Utopias in Immersive Technology
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Thursday, August 22nd

The Human Connection: New Forms of Storytelling in Digital Art and Gaming
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Friday, August 23rd

Resonant Futures: Shaping a More Equitable Future in Music and Technology
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Into the Wild: Towards AI Ecologies

At a time of acute climate emergency, and given artificial intelligence’s significant importance in the current technological era, how can AI and art contribute to building tomorrow’s world? This day’s sessions provide an opportunity to explore, shift, and deepen our understanding of AI, algorithms, raves, ecology, and much more!

MIT Climate Machine: Igniting Climate Action through AI and Art

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 10:00AM - 10:50AM

Norhan Bayomi (MIT) | Jimmy Meneyerji (MIT)
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Into the Wild: Designing AIs in Retrograde

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Beth Coleman (University of Toronto) | Adam Basanta | Alice Jarry (Université Concordia) | Matthieu Lorain (Google DeepMind)
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Futures Worldbuilding Workshop: Digital Literacy for Creativity, Presented by Pathwaves

Studio Hydro-Québec, Monument-National | 10:45AM - 12:45PM

Ida Toninato (Pathwaves) | Ziyan Hossain (Pathwaves + Method Collective + Space for Grief) | Suzanne Stein (Pathwaves + OCAD U)
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Beyond the Buzzwords: What is Generative AI Doing to Creative Practices?

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 1:30PM - 2:30PM

Sofian Audry (Hexagram) | Pía Baltazar (SAT) | Rose Landry (Mila) | Yves Jacquier (Ubisoft) | Éric Desmarais (Sporobole)
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MUTEK Market: Artist Q&As

Monument-National | 2:30PM - 4:30PM

CHXMERAS | Seulement | mesocosm | Liliane Chlela | Nyshka Chandran (Resident Advisor)
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Pixel Personas : Create your Future Avatar

Studio Hydro-Québec, Monument-National | 1:15PM - 2:45PM

Kahentawaks Tiewishaw (Revital Software) | Fred Kowalczyk (Revital Software)

MUTEK Meet Up: Tech, talent and business models in digital creativity, presented by La Piscine

Vino Disco | 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Joana Neto Costa (La Piscine) | Anouk Ethier (Noukii) | Manny Fortin (LVCIDIA) | Milo Reinhardt (World Creation Studio) | Camille Bertin (La Piscine)
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Shaping Spaces: Community, Sustainability, AI, and Justice

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 3:00PM - 4:00 PM

Kamya Ramachandran (BeFantastic) | Shin Koseki (UNESCO) | Mel Woods (University of Dundee) | Cleo Norris (Encode Justice Canada)
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I’m Not In Denial: Sonifying a Century of Climate Anomalies

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 4:30PM - 5:30PM

Portrait XO (SO LAB X + Sound Obsessed)
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Converging Realities: Hybrid Utopias in Immersive Technology

At the forefront of digital transformation is the rise of immersive technologies. This day dedicated to extended reality (XR) will explore the emergence of hybrid utopias driven by these technologies. They offer a unique opportunity to reinvent community connections, artistic creation, and collaboration, in both digital and physical spaces.

Utopia is Oblivion (Immersive Keynote)

Satosphère, SAT | 9:00AM - 10:30AM

David McConville (Spherical) | Dawn Danby (Spherical)
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Freedom Engine Academy presents — From the Studio to the Stage: A Live Performance Workshop with Mathew Jonson

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Mathew Jonson (Freedom Engine Academy)
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Hybrid Utopias: Territorial Acknowledgement in the Era of Spatial Computing

Satosphère, SAT | 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Bertrand Nepveu (Triptyq Capital) | Scott Benesiinaabandan (Abundant Intelligences) | Giovanna Borasi (Canadian Center for Architecture) | Catherine D’Amours (École de design, UQAM)
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Indigenous Immersive Futures

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 12:45PM - 1:45PM

Loretta Todd (IM4 Lab) | Kayla Brïet | Skawennati (Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace) | Amelia Winger-Bearskin (University of Florida, Digital Worlds Institute)
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Connected Venues: Exploring The Future of Collaborative Performances

Studio Hydro-Québec // Salle de répétition, Monument-National | 2:00PM - 5:00PM

Julien Bigeault (Moment Factory) | Alexandra Marin (SAT) | Pía Baltazar (SAT) | Anne-Célia Waddell (Moment Factory) | Lunice | Myriam Boucher | Simon Chioini
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Indigenous Storytelling and Distribution in XR, presented by the Indigenous Screen Office

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 2:15PM - 3:15PM

Isabelle Ruiz (Indigenous Screen Office) | James Monkman (James Monkman Studio) | Jason Brennan (Nish Media)
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MUTEK Market: Artist Q&As

Monument-National | 2:30PM - 4:30PM

CUERPOS | ÈBONY | Piu | Tati au miel | Nyshka Chandran (Resident Advisor)
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Imagination as Resistance: Building Community Power in Chinatown

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 3:45PM - 4:15PM

Linda Zhang (Studio Pararaum + Para Lab + University of Waterloo)
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Utopian Visions: Digital Experiences and XR Presentations

Monument-National | 4:45PM - 5:45PM

Roman Rappak (Ristband) | Anne McKinnon (Ristband) | Dax Dasilva (Age of Union) | Kelly Nunes
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XR Salon + iX Symposium: Networking Cocktail, presented by Xn Québec

SAT | 5:30PM - 7:30PM
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The Human Connection: Storytelling in Digital and Gaming Technologies

Where do the connections between humans and technology intersect? Gaming and digital technologies, the main focus of the day, are essential to innovative practices that promote accessibility and the preservation of indigenous knowledge through storytelling. Discover how these themes come to life, whether in physical or digital settings.

Delivering audience-centric experiences through technology enabled storytelling, presented by TAIT

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 10:00AM - 10:55AM

Jim Love (TAIT) | Cynthia Sharpe (TAIT) | Ryan Howard (Google) | Tina Blakeney (TAIT) | Emilie F. Grenier (TAIT)
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Small Data and Model Crafting: A New Breed of Ethical Creative AI Tools for Non-Coders

Campus, SAT | 10:30AM - 1:30PM

Philippe Pasquier (Metacreation Lab)
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Art is Evolutionary

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 11:30AM - 12:15PM

Dr Pinar Yoldas (University of California San Diego)
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TouchDesigner Confluence at MUTEK 2024

Salle de répétition, Monument-National | 1:30PM - 7:30PM
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Intro to Spatial Audio using MaxMSP and SPAT

Studio Hydro-Québec, Monument-National | 1:00PM - 3:45PM

Kiran Bhumber
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Beyond the Controller: Accessibility in Gaming, Presented by EA Motive

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 1:30PM - 2:30PM

Améliane Chiasson (Player Research - a Keywords Studio) | Ross Minor (Now you See LLC) | Christian Cimon (Electronic Arts) | Frederic McNamara (Shishi Studios)
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Digital Dreams: The Impact of AI on Visual Storytelling

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 3:00PM - 4:00PM

Sabine Himmelsbach (HEK) | Amelia Winger-Bearskin (University of Florida, Digital Worlds Institute) | Nelly-Eve Rajotte (École de design de l'UQAM) | Studio u2p050
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Presentations: Indigenous Innovations in Immersive Technology

Studio Hydro-Québec, Monument-National | 4:30PM - 5:45PM

Kahentawaks Tiewishaw (Revital Software) | Caeleigh Long (Studio Ekosi) | Keara Lightning (Studio Ekosi) | MoniGarr (MoniGarr.com LLC)
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Composite #40 presented by CCA x MUTEK

Monument-National | 6:00PM - 8:30PM
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Resonant Futures: Shaping a More Equitable Future in Music and Technology

Building equitable, responsible, and conscious futures is essential for the different actors of the music industry. The closing day of the Forum offers presentations, networking opportunities, and hands-on workshops revolving on important matters, including Indigenous knowledge, reframing the roots of electronic music as Black music, and interactive discussions on algorithmic culture.

Abundant Intelligences at the Intersections of Neuroscience, AI, Art, and Indigenous Knowledges

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 9:30AM - 10:45AM

Jackson Two-Bears (Western University) | Karim Jerbi (Université de Montréal + UNIQUE Center) | Jason Edward Lewis (Abundant Intelligences - Concordia University) | Dr. Melanie Cheung (Cheung Consultancy Limited)
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Gaming and Music Workshop, presented by Ubisoft

Salle de répétition, Monument-National | 10:00AM - 12:15PM

Vincent Gagnon (Ubisoft)
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Wilding AI Lab

Studio Hydro-Québec, Monument-National | 10:30AM - 7:00PM

Maurice Jones (MUTEK / Concordia University) | Beth Coleman (University of Toronto) | Romi Morrison (UCLA) | Portrait XO (SO LAB X + Sound Obsessed) | Marie-Ève Levasseur | Bart Simon (Institut Milieux, Université Concordia) | Fenwick McKelvey (Concordia University) | François Lespinasse (Centre for Sensory Studies + Machine agencies (Institut Millieux)) | Rowena Chodkowski (Université Concordia) | Aurelie Petite (Université Concordia) | Luciano Firezzera | Kamyar Karimi | Alexandre Saunier
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Art of Curation : The Balancing Act

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Waajeed (Underground Music Academy) | Renelle Desjardins (Centre PHI) | Jarrett Martineau (Chan Centre for the Performing Arts) | Nyshka Chandran (Resident Advisor)
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Masterclass – Music in the Digital World: Understanding the Landscape, Presented by SOCAN

Salle de répétition, Monument-National | 1:30PM - 2:45PM

Holly Fagan-Lacoste (SOCAN) | Sara Dendane (SOCAN)
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Electronic Music is Black Music — Reclaiming and Tracing Electronic Music’s Roots, Present, and Future

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 1:30PM - 2:30PM

G L O W Z I | Fabienne Leys (ATC Management) | Miquelle Skeete (OmniDirectional Groove) (Rhythmiqx)
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Music Sounds Better with You: Building a Better Beat

Salle Ludger Duvernay, Monument-National | 3:00PM - 4:00PM

Benjamin Huppé (Studio La Lucarne) | Coppélia Laroche-Francoeur | Vicky B. Ouellette (STUDIO ZX)
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MUTEK Meet Up: Bridging Music & Tech

Vino Disco | 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Francis Di Stasio (Mega Labs) | Fiona Ham (MusicTeam®)
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Fireside Chat: Fabienne Leys (ATC Management), Presented by FEMINAE NOX

Salle Ludger Duvernay | 3:30PM - 5:30PM

Fabienne Leys (ATC Management)
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MUTEK Forum 2024 Closing Cocktail

Monument-National | 5:30PM - 7:00PM
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Closing Session — Future Festivals: Cultivating Temporary Utopias

Monument-National | 4:30PM - 5:30PM

Maurice Jones (MUTEK + Concordia University) | Drew Hemment (The University of Edinburgh) | Naomi Johnson (imagineNATIVE Film | Media Arts Festival)
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Box Office

  • Day Passes are available for $65 CAD
  • Forum Passports are available for $210 CAD
  • Festival + Forum Passports are available $470 CAD

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Locations

This edition of the MUTEK Forum invites you to the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, in the Monument-National, Quebec’s oldest functioning theater. The Forum will take over the Ludger-Duvernay Hall, the Hydro-Québec Studio, the rehearsal room, and the venue’s different networking spaces. Just steps away, the Society for Arts and Technology will host immersive keynotes and activities inside its famous Satoshphère, while laidback networking sessions will be held at Vino Disco throughout the week.

Accessibility

Our action plan and collaborations with various experts allow us to continuously work on improving accessibility and reducing barriers to participation in our events. Our current objectives focus on risk reduction, prevention of harassment of any kind, and physical access to our spaces.

All informations on the Monument National.
All informations on the Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT).

Accomodation and transportation

Visit our Travelling page.

PARTNERS

MUTEK would like to thank its partners, who play a key role in the maintenance and development of its activities and have provided particular support towards the production of the Forum.

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Ville de Montréal, Conseil des arts de Montréal, FACTOR and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Musicaction, Keychange, Tourisme Montréal, Canada Media Fund (CMF), Indigenous Screen Office, Ubisoft, Derivative (TouchDesigner), Xn Québec, Applied AI Institute (Concordia University), Milieux Institute (Concordia University), Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), NAD-UQAC, SYNTHÈSE, Hexagram, TAIT, EA Motive, FEMINAE NOX, Vino Disco, Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), CURRENT, Hotel Monville, Dieu du Ciel!, EarthPercent, Composite, Abundant Intelligences, MUSICMOTION, La Piscine, SOCAN, Pathwaves (Envision Management), Encode Justice Canada, Sporobole and Moment Factory.

THE MUTEK FORUM APP

The MUTEK Forum App is the main networking tool for international professionals and Canadian artists to make valuable connections during the festival. You may use it to send messages to all other participants, book 1-on-1 meetings with them, and to register for limited capacity activities via a desktop computer or a smartphone. All Forum tickets and passes include access to the platform. Once you purchase a ticket, you receive an invitation to set up your account.

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The Market

The MUTEK Market is a career acceleration and business development program for artists and industry professionals. Artists are supported for several months through training and the creation of customized EPKs.

The Market is back this year with an official selection of 20 artists from Québec and Canada.

Subsequently, the Market connects buyers and artists for one-to-one business meetings, which take place virtually a week before the festival, creating a space for negotiation and a solid basis for sales.

About the Market

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