MUTEK Forum Edition 6

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In conjunction with the Festival, its professional component MUTEK Forum returned for its sixth edition from Tuesday, September 8 to Friday, September 11, 2020 in a online platform. It addressed topics such as artificial intelligence, extended reality (XR), and the impacts of technology on society, through more than 30 presentations, panels, and case studies led by some 60 experts from Québec, Canada, and around the world.

Forum 2020 Program

On Tuesday, September 8, the Forum kicked 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 talked to artist and Kickstarter co-founder Perry Chen.

Wednesday September 9 is dedicated to virtual, augmented, and mixed realities—commonly known under the umbrella term of extended reality or XR—which are a set of immersive technologies now recognized as essential, ubiquitous parts of today’s cultural industries.
MUTEK has been developing its XR Salon since 2015, and each year provides a selection of the latest creative and technological advances in XR, while simultaneously examining a variety of industry-specific issues. For the second consecutive year, the XR Salon has been presented by Unreal Engine, a leader in game engines and a critical partner to creators of real-time digital content.
The Forum continued to explore augmented and mixed reality via the activities held by Montréal/Miami New Narratives Lab, which were launched in 2020 by FilmGate Miami, MUTEK, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and O Cinema.

MUTEK Forum investigated on Thursday, September 10 a new focus of the Festival’s professional component: artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. This theme is not only a continuation of the 2019 Forum, which explored AI’s contributions to artistic creation, but also of the MUTEK AI Art Lab—the first international multidisciplinary laboratory using artificial intelligence in the creation of audiovisual works, which was held in Montréal in March 2020 in partnership with .
MUTEK Forum examined a broad spectrum of AI-related artistic practices through a perspective that centers questions of racial justice, surveillance, and the inherent risks associated with the collection of personal data. The Forum also featured workshops where artists and creators of every level have been able to familiarize themselves with the plethora of AI-specific techniques used in electronic music and sound creation.

The final day turned its focus to the challenges facing the music industry. Marketing and online rights management, as well as prospects for careers in the arts, has been 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.

Speakers and Moderators:

Aleksandra Przegalinska PLKozminski University / Alex Scholz DEHOLO / Alistair Croll CA/QC Solve for Interesting / Amaury La Burthe FRNovelab / Antoine Cayrol FRAtlas V / Andrea Macias ESMUTEK.ES / Arthur Yeung CAAlbedo Informatics / Audrey Poulin CA/QC École NAD / Axel Cobelo CA/QCÉcole NAD / Barney Francis CA/QC / Benoit Palop FR/JP / Carrie Hage CABritish Council / Catherine Mathys CA/QC Canada Media Fund / Charlène Bélanger CA/QCMusée des beaux-arts de Montréal / Chelene Knight CABreathing Space Creative Literary Studio / Cherie Hu USWater & Music / Cheryl Sim CA/QCPhi Foundation for Contemporary Art / Chris Barr USKnight Foundation / Christina Heller USMetastage / David Hurtubise CA/QC Epic Games / Diego Galafassi BR/SEFasad Film / Diliana Alexander CA/USFilmGate Miami / Dominic Martin CA/QCUniversité du Québec à Montréal / Dorian Perron FRGroover / Edy Fung UK / Émilie F. Grenier CA/QCThinkwell Studio Montréal / Emily Paige CA/QC — E.D. Films / Erin Gee CA/QCPerte de Signal / Fezz Stenton CAOccupy VR / Frances Adair Mckenzie CA/QC / Gabriel Vigliensoni CL/QCGoldsmiths, University of London / Greg J. Smith CAHOLO / GLOR1A UK / Jake Sally USRYOT / James George USScatter / Jason Lewis CA/QCUniversité Concordia / Jean-Pascal Beaudoin CA/QCHeadspace Studio / Jess Engel USCrimes of Curiosity / Joe Cutts UKSheffield Doc/Fest / Jess Partridge UKIn Stereo Group / Jonny Ahdout USWithin / Jose Sotelo MX/QCDescript / Jovanka von Wilsdorf DEBMG Rights Management / Karine Charbonneau CA/QCAntimodular Research / Klasien van de Zandschulp NLaffect lab / Kornelia Binicewicz PL/TRLadies On Records / Laura Gardes FRMaMA Festival and Convention / Lisa Moren US — University of Maryland Baltimore County / Louis-Philippe St-Arnault CA/QC / Louis-Richard Tremblay CA/QCNFB Interactive / Marie-Pier Gauthier CA/QCNFB Interactive / Marie Davidson CA/QC / Marc Omran CA/QCÉcole NAD / Mathieu Gayet FRXR Must / Mark Quail CA Mark G. Quail, Barrister & Solicitor / Maurice Jones DE/JPMUTEK.JP / Moises Horta Valenzuela MX/DE / Myriam Achard CA/QCPhi Centre / Nicolas S. Roy CA/QC Dpt. / Noor Elhuda El Bawab BR/QC / Olivia McGilchrist FR/JA/QC / Peggy Hogan CA/QC POP Montréal / Peter Kirn US/DECreate Digital Media / Perry Chené US/FR / Pheek CA/QCPheek / Philippe Bédard CA/QCXn Québec / Rania Kim US/DEPortrait XO / Refik Anadol TR/US Refik Anadol Studio / Rémi Lapierre CA/QCÉcole NAD / Ruha Benjamin USPrinceton University / Ryan Thompson CA/QCAnteism Books / Sabelo Mhlambi USBantucracy / Sadah Espii Proctor USEspii Studios / Sahar Homami IR/QC / Sally Reynolds AU/USThe Mill / Samantha Storr USWithin / Sandira Blas US/DEFactory Berlin / Sarah Shoucri CA/QCSODEC / Sarah Mackenzie CA/QC / Sarah Spring CA/QCParabola Films / Sarah Eve Tousignant CA/QCMolior / Sarah Rothberg USNYU / Savannah Niles USMagic Leap / Sevan Dalkian CA/QC Epic Games / Sol Rezza AR / Tatiana Heuman AR/DE / Randy Chertkow USMaking Money With Music / Valérie Darveau CA/QC ONF Interactif / Vicky Clarke UK / Virginie Berger FRSongtradr / Vivian Marthell USO Cinema / Vincent Lemieux CA/QCMUTEK / Xavier Habouzit CA/QC / Yan Breuleux CA/QCNAD-UQAC

In addition to the presentations and discussions, for the first time, the Forum featured a virtual market that provided participants with the opportunity to stand out within the MUTEK ecosystem and to spark new collaborations. The market welcomed 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. 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 can be downloaded HERE.

MUTEK Forum Partners

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, National Film Board of Canada, Thinkwell Studio Montréal, FilmGate Miami, O Cinema, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Akufen and Time Code Lab.

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