A digital autumn in Montreal and Frankfurt with Mutek

Digital Detox: Living virtually
MUTEK¬†and¬†OBORO¬†are teaming up to present the virtual and augmented reality exhibition Living¬†virtually¬†as part of the¬†Digital Detox¬†initiative. Installed at¬†OBORO’s New Media Laboratory until Saturday, the six selected works address the issues of digital detoxification, our relationship to the natural world and the effects of digital technology on everyday life.

List of works : 
>¬†Aaron Bradbury¬†(NSC Creative, Atlas V)¬†‚ÄĒ¬†Fragments
>¬†Frances Adair Mckenzie¬†(ONF) ‚ÄĒ¬†L’abeille et l’orchid√©e
>¬†Ida Toninato and Claude Bastien¬†(TREBUCHET)¬†‚ÄĒ¬†Listening to the Walls
>¬†Olivia Mc Gilchrist¬†‚ÄĒ¬†¬†MYRa, a gift for Rym
>¬†Shonee Arroyo-Kreimes¬†‚ÄĒ¬†Field Of Reeds (prototype)
>¬†St√©phanie Morissette¬†‚ÄĒ¬†M√©andres

The¬†Digital Detox¬†initiative is rooted in a reflection process that began in 2020, during the pandemic. Like many cultural organizations, MUTEK has migrated its activities to the virtual space. Quickly, they noticed in their networks a distinct fatigue related to the consumption of content on the screen. This reflection was naturally prolonged in a questioning of the “ecological fatigue” generated by this sudden overproduction of a digital nature. With the¬†Digital Detox project, they hope to generate a concrete reflection around these themes.

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Frankfurt Book Fair
Mutek is delighted to collaborate in the Qu√©bec showcase at the 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair, where Canada is the guest of honour. Organized by¬†SODEC¬†and accompanying the traditional Qu√©bec √Čdition stand reinvented by Montreal’s multidisciplinary creative studio¬†mirari, the showcase revolves around the¬†LOOP project. The interactive installation of illustrations inspired by Quebec literature, designed by¬†Olivier Girouard,¬†Jonathan Villeneuve¬†and¬†Ottoblix¬†and co-produced by¬†Ekumen¬†and the Quartier des Spectacles¬†Partnership, is presented in Frankfurt until Sunday.

In parallel with the installation, Mutek contributed to the presentation entitled Storytelling Innovations and Hybrid Experiences in the Digital Age. Moderated by¬†Sarah Spring, the discussion features LOOP and various hybrid projects connecting literature with artists from all disciplines. The panel includes¬†Olivier Girouard¬†(creator of Loop and founder of Ekumen),¬†Fr√©d√©ric Gauthier¬†(publisher and founder of La Past√®que),¬†Kerstin Rabe¬†(editorial director of Mixtvision) and Antoine¬†Tanguay¬†(publisher and founder of √Čditions Alto).

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