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July 27, 2021
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New Frontiers in Digital Art and Sound

Sabrina Ratté Distributed Memories

Photo: Sabrina Ratté "Distributed Memories"

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MUTEK aims to promote some of the most original artists pushing the boundaries of digital and audiovisual creation, and to help develop, diversify, and interconnect our local and international ecosystems of creators and professionals.

This year, we are proud to team up once again with the AMPLIFY Digital Arts Initiative, an ambitious international project led by the British Council aimed at building an active network of women-identified artists and practitioners across Latin America, Canada, and the UK. In addition to a panel on the use of sonic intensity in electronic music and digital arts, MUTEK Forum will feature a series of presentations on the projects that resulted from the AMPLIFY D.A.I Collaboration Fund, hosted by Antimodular Research’s Karine Charbonneau.

Another partnership highlight at MUTEK 2021 is Hexagram, an interdisciplinary network—spanning eight Québec-based educational institutions—dedicated to research-creation practices that address the relationship between art, culture and technology. Out of the more than 300 Hexagram members, 26 have been selected to feature their latest projects at the Forum, in the form of short videos, with the goal of highlighting experimental and critical perspectives, share knowledge, connect artistic and scientific disciplines, and strengthen the links between academia and the cultural sector.

Last but not least, several Q&As with artists taking part in the festival have been confirmed, including Montréal and Marseille-based digital artist Sabrina Ratté, who was shortlisted for Canada’s prestigious Sobey Art Award in both 2019 and 2020.

Ælab CA/QC Ahreum Lee KR/QC Alejandra Cárdenas (Ale Hop) PE/DE Analucia Roeder PE Andrea Ludovic VE Andrée Martin CA/QC Centre de recherche TAG BR/QC+CA/QC Edy Fung (Quantum Foam) HK/UK Émilie Morin CA/QCErin Gee CA/QC Estelle Schorpp FR/QCFeli Cabrera López CO/AR Flor de Fuego (Florencia Maria Alonso) AR Fossilation CA/QC Frances Adair Mckenzie CA/QC Gabrielle Harnois-Blouin CA/QC Guillaume Pascale CA/QC Jean Dubois & Ghyslain Gagnon CA/QC Jenny Maritza Ramirez Osorio (Jennitza) AR Joaquina Salgado AR Juliette Lusven FR/QC Karine Charbonneau CA/QC — Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Studio Ké Medley CA/QCLibby Heaney UKLouis-Philippe Rondeau CA/QC Magdalena Molinari AR Marc-André Cossette CA/QC Maxime Boutin FR/QC Mimi Allard CA/QC Memo Akten TR Nathalie Bachand CA/QC Nicolas Bernier CA/QC Nicolas Reeves & David St-Onge CA/QC Olivia Mc Gilchrist FR/JM/QC rkss (Robin Buckley) UK Sabrina Ratté QC/FR Sandra Volny FR/CZ/QC Sense Factory CA/QC+DE Sofian Audry & TeZ CA/QC+IT/NL Sol Rezza AR Tatiana Heuman AR/DE x/o CA Yan Breuleux CA/QC

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About MUTEK Forum

In parallel to the Festival, the MUTEK Forum is back for its seventh edition from Tuesday, August 24 to Thursday, September 2 on our virtual platform. This market for ideas aims to bring together artists and companies in digital creativity and electronic music, with the goal of exploring the latest artistic practices while stimulating reflection on the ethical and political issues related to technology and the digital world. Artificial intelligence, extended reality (XR), immersive creation and crypto art are among the many themes that will be explored by more than 100 local and international speakers through 60 activities.

For a second consecutive year, the Forum will also feature a virtual market that facilitates networking by showcasing Québec, Canadian and international artists to buyers from around the world. More than 750 participants, including over 200 distributors, representing 400 different organizations and companies from over 50 countries, will gather on the online platform to attend conferences, panels and workshops, and to develop artistic connections and business opportunities.

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