Welcome to MUTEK Forum
The professional meeting place for digital creation
After two virtual editions, MUTEK Montréal will organize, from Tuesday, August 23 to Friday, August 26, 2022, a new physical edition of its professional component. In the Agora Hydro-Québec of the Cœur des sciences de l'UQAM, MUTEK Forum will offer four days of exchanges and events around digital creation.
A program in tune with the times and looking towards the future
On Tuesday 23, the program will address a variety of the Forum’s recurring, essential topics. Of particular note will be the panel moderated by American composer and media artist Peter Kirn (CDM) who will discuss the “genrefication” of artificial intelligence while there will be a presentation on best practices for digital creativity clusters from around the world.
Extended reality (XR) will be in the spotlight on Wednesday 24 with the 8th edition of the XR Salon. To kick things off, the Canadian Media Fund will present a discussion between producer Ingrid Kopp, the co-founder of South African organization Electric South, and Sandra Rodriguez, a Québec director and producer who is the author of the study Crafting a Market for Independent XR. MUTEK will then unveil the three XR projects in its Immersive Collection, in the presence of the works’ creators, after which point it will give the floor to other organizations that are traditionally digital art presenters but now exploring content production and distribution. Finally, Greg J. Smith (HOLO) will interview artists Sinjin Hawke and Zora Jones (Fractal Fantasy) who are pushing the creative and technological limits of audiovisual performance.
On Thursday 25, the morning will begin with a conversation between Felix Koberstein (ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe) and Véronique Paradis (Society for Arts and Technology) who, each in their own way, explore virtual spaces that facilitate the production, distribution, and mediation of the arts. The ties that bond research, creation, and the industry will then be dissected by experts from renowned local institutions such as Eastern Bloc, SYNTHÈSE – Pôle Image Québec, and Hexagram.
The last day of the Forum on Friday 26 will specifically focus on the place of marginalized communities within electronic music, with a presentation by Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson, the founder of Dweller festival and co-founder of Discwoman, an agency grounded in representing and promoting female and non-binary talents working as DJs or producers. In addition, one panel will explore the “musicverse” and how music is adapting to Web3, while another will discuss strategies for a more sustainable and accessible future of live music.
Throughout the week, various workshops will be held in parallel with the main activities that will deal with, for example, the future of festivals, eco-responsibility, intellectual property, and even WebVR.
The MUTEK Forum Market:
The virtual gathering of the global music and digital industries
This year, the market will again be held on a dedicated virtual networking platform and will connect local and international artists with industry professionals from around the world. After a remarkable 2021 edition that brought together more than 550 participants, the market aims to present the most avant-garde projects and initiatives in electronic music and digital art. It helps foster artistic connections and business collaborations through personalized profiles, one-on-one meetings, and networking activities.
Accessible ticket offers sure to stimulate encounters
This year, to celebrate the return of in-person activities, MUTEK has put together several exceptional tickets offers that allow artists and industry professionals to enjoy daytime content and networking events at very reasonable prices.
Three types of packages are available:
- The Forum Passport covers the entire program at the presale rate of CAD 90.
- The daily Forum Pass allows visitors to attend a day of activities of their choice at the presale rate of CAD 30.
- The Virtual Market Passport grants access to the online platform and to a network of more than 500 international contacts from August 9 at the presale price of CAD 25. This passport is included in the two previous passes.
To learn more about the advantages of each option:
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 Government of Québec, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the ministère du Tourisme du Québec, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine du gouvernement du Québec, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the City of Montréal, FACTOR and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Musicaction, the Consulat général de France à Québec, Tourisme Montréal, Air Canada for Business, TD Bank Group, SYNTHÈSE - Pôle Image Québec and the Canada Media Fund.