On May 30 and May 31st MUTEK Montreal dives into the second edition of its VR Salon and kicks off an exhibition of works that will continue until June 5. Developed together with VR Valley Network Montréal and presented at and in collaboration with the Phi Centre, the symposium focuses on creative applications of VR in culture, media and entertainment. Over 20 speakers – half of them international – will shed light on their innovative projects in the arts, cinema, documentary, journalism, theatre and video games.
Among the highlights: a roundtable presenting the results of NFB XP, an all-star female workshop exploring the conceptual challenges in VR creation, organized by the National Film Board of Canada in collaboration with MUTEK Montreal and the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.
Launched as part of the VR Salon, an exhibition of more than twenty immersive works and interactive experiences will be open to the public from June 1 to 5.
Confirmed speakers : CLARA GARCÍA FRAILE, Me and the Machine (UK) / FRANÇOIS LÉGARÉ, Bell (CA) / JAMES MILWARD, Secret Location (CA) / KAREN PALMER (UK) / ELLI RAYNAI, Cinehackers (CA) / LIZ ROSENTHAL, Power to the Pixel (UK) / SARAH ROTHBERG, NYU Tisch School of the Arts (US) / Monique Simard, SODEC (CA) / LOUIS-RICHARD TREMBLAY, NFB (CA) / CÉLINE TRICART, Lucid Dreams Productions (FR/US) / SIMON WILKINSON, CiRCA69 (UK) / KLASIEN VAN DE ZANDSCHULP, Lava Lab (NL)
Free Daytime Program Including Artist Q&As, Panels, Presentations, Workshops and Showrooms
Geared towards curious explorers, music enthusiasts, and creative professionals, this component of the festival furthers critical discourse through thoughtful, intimate interviews with artists and creators, hands-on interaction with the latest technologies, workshops dedicated to visual software and practices, industry insights and presentations, and by creating opportunities for the community at large to network and converse.
Fostering accessibility to the art and creative process, confirmed artist for panels and Q&As include: LORENZO SENNI (SHAPE artist), BURNT FRIEDMAN, CHRISTINA SEALEY (ORPHX), SARAH DAVACHI, KARL FOUSEK, TARIK BARRI, MATTHEW BIEDERMAN and more TBA.
Technological partners Roland are on site again this year with their Salon Electro, all day Friday. Featuring their line of AIRA modules, the renowned TR-8 drum machine as well as the new System 500, the afternoon culminates in a live demonstration/performance by Berlin-based Canadian techno master MAT JONSON, who has been working for Roland in Japan this year.
On Saturday, in partnership with MOOG AUDIO, another extensive modular synthesizer showroom will be set up to exhibit the latest modules in the renaissance and rebirth of these machines. Manufacturers Evaton Technologies, Little Bits, Hexinverter Électronique, Kilpatrick Audio, Tip Top Audio and Doepfer will be on hand to show off their wares.
MUTEK expands its activities across the globe with the launch of MUTEK in Japan, running from November 2 to 4 at various venues in the heart of Tokyo. Expect the same attention to quality presentations of contemporary electronic and digital artistry with an emphasis on mixing Japanese, Canadian and international talent.
Between announcements the festival has rounded out the paid programs with new names, including: CHRISTIAN CARRIÈRE (CA) live / DULL (CA) live / JEREMY GARA (CA) live / OHM HOURANI & DO MI (CA) live / PARAPHONIQUE (CA) live / HERMAN KOLGEN (CA) live A/V
All joining the black box sound studio that is the Salle BWR in the basement of the MAC, the festival welcomes the singing circuits and feedback of CHRISTIAN CARRIÈRE’S no-input mixer compositions, the mellow tech house of DULL, the emotive ambient works of Arcade Fire member JEREMY GARA, local luminary OHM HOURANI with singer DO MI unfolds his long form trippy, melodic house, delicate machine songs by PARAPHONIQUE and HERMAN KOLGEN will present another iteration of his Seismik project.
Here is the full lineup:
AÏSHA DEVI (CH) / AND THE END OF EVERYTHING (MX) / ASH KOOSHA (IR/UK) / ATOM ™ (DE/CL) / BARAC (RO) / BLUE HAWAII (CA) / BOOMA COLLECTIVE (CA/US) / BURNT FRIEDMAN (DE) / BURUNDI INDEX (CA) / CHIC MINIATURE (CA) / CHRISTIAN CARRIÈRE (CA) / CLAIRE (CA) / COLLEEN (FR) / DASHA RUSH (RU) / DASHA RUSH & STANISLAV GLASOV (RU) / DAWN OF MIDI (US) / DÉSORMAIS (CA) / DULL (CA) / ESSAIE PAS (CA) / EX-TERRESTRIAL (CA) / FLANGER (DE) / FOUSEK / HANSEN / TELLIER-CRAIG (CA/US) / FRANCESCO TRISTANO (LU) / FRANCK VIGROUX & KURT D’HAESELEER (FR/BE) / FRITZ WENTINK (NL) / FUNCTION (US) / GALCHER LUSTWERK (US) / JACKSON (FR) / JEREMY GARA (CA) / JLIN (US) / JULIA KENT (CA/US) / KARA-LIS COVERDALE (CA) / LAKKER (IE) / LAURA LUNA (CZ/MX) / LAWRENCE LE DOUX (BE) / LEE GAMBLE & DAVE GASKARTH (UK) / LOCAL ARTIST (CA) / LORENZO SENNI (IT) / MAAYAN NIDAM (IL) / MACHINE DRUM / MAGNANIME (CA) / MATTHEW BIEDERMAN & PIERCE WARNECKE (CA) / MIDNIGHT OPERATOR (CA) / MULTI CULTI (CA) / NAUTILUSS (CA) / NONOTAK pres. SHIRO (FR/JP) / OFF WORLD (CA) / OHM HOURANI & DO MI (CA) / ORPHX (CA) / PARAPHONIQUE (CA) / PAUL JEBANASAM & TARIK BARRI (UK/NL) / PEDER MANNERFELT (SE) / POLITICAL RITUAL (CA) / POWELL (UK) / PROJECT PABLO (CA) / QUADR (CA) / RIOHV (CA) / ROMARE (UK) / SARAH DAVICHI (CA) / SCANT INTONE & C130 (CA) / SIETE CATORCE (MX) / SIMON CHIOINI (CA) / SONJA MOONEAR (CH) / SPATIAL (UK) / SUSY TECHNOLOGY (CA) / T’IEN LAI (PL) / TAZZ & GIOVANNI RANDISI (CA) / TEREKKE (US) / TIM HECKER (CA) / VERTIGO INC. (CA) / WHITE VISITATION (MX)