MUTEK Forum 2022: Program Unveiled!

The annual rendez-vous of digital creativity is back! MUTEK Forum reveals the programming for its next edition, offering more than thirty sessions and activities designed for creators, companies, and other curious minds in the digital arts and creative industries. 

The event will take place in person, from Tuesday, August 23 to Friday, August 26, in the Agora Hydro-Québec space of UQAM’s Coeur des sciences.

The Montréal agenda includes four days of conferences, discussions, workshops and networking activities specially tailored to encourage participation. Online, a virtual marketplace will offer direct access to a selection of artists and to an international network of digital creativity professionals. This edition of MUTEK Forum features inspiring programming at affordable rates, celebrating the return of in-person activities

Tuesday, August 23
The opening day will cover a variety of the Forum’s habitual topics of interest, including a panel moderated by American composer and media artist Peter Kirn (CDM) who will address the “genrefication” of artificial intelligence. In collaboration with Culture Montréal, a presentation of best practices for digital creativity clusters from around the world will be brought forward.

Wednesday, August 24
Extended reality (XR) will be spotlighted once more for the 8th edition of the XR Salon, hosting established and emerging creators and highlighting a developing ecosystem for content production. With the participation of, among others, Ingrid Kopp (Electric South) for an opening discussion presented by the Canada Media Fund, and artists Sinjin Hawke and Zora Jones (Fractal Fantasy), in conversation with HOLO.

Thursday, August 25
The morning begins with a conversation between Felix Koberstein (ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe) and Véronique Paradis (Society for Arts and Technology) exploring virtual spaces that facilitate the dissemination of art. The ties that bond research, creation, and industry will be dissected by experts from renowned local institutions such as Eastern Bloc, SYNTHÈSE – Pôle Image Québec and Hexagram.

Friday, August 26 
The final day of the Forum will be dynamized by a conference presented by Keychange, featuring Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson (Discwoman), co-founder of an agency grounded in representing and promoting female and non-binary talents working as DJs or producers. The panels, meanwhile, take us into the musicverse and how music is adapting to Web3 and towards more responsible futures for the events sector.

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.

Bringing together each year over 500 creators and professionals from around the world, the Forum’s market is a prime platform for discovering artistic talent as well as for business development. Explore MUTEK’s vast international network and book meetings directly on Mutek’s dedicated virtual networking application. 

As part of the market, the programming team has assembled an official selection of 21 Québec and Canadian creators who will benefit from special professional training that aims to provide lasting tools for career development. 

For those Forum participants who will be in Montréal, there will also be a series of in-person networking activities involving more than thirty invited Canadian and international buyers. 

Forum Passport — presale price of 60 CAD 

Daily Forum Pass — presale price of 20 CAD

Virtual Market Passport  — presale price of 15 CAD