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MUTEK is excited to unveil the complete lineup for MUTEK_IMG, a three day forum on digital creation taking place October 1-3. MUTEK_IMG includes a significant focus on Virtual Reality (VR), along with a host of other activities including workshops, panels and presentations spanning issues such as mapping, surveillance, hacking, public digital art, and digital cultural policy.


Here are some highlights from the MUTEK_IMG program. Most of the activities will be streamed live on our website.

DIGITAL CULTURAL STRATEGIES
JULIEN-ROBERT & JULIEN COMPAGNE - Video Phase (QC)
PHILIPPE LAMBERT - National Film Board of Canada (QC)
MUTEK_IMG features an update on digital policies and cultural strategies in Québec by bringing together chief executives from the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, CALQ, SODEC, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Télé-Québec and Culture pour tous, who will outline the latest frameworks and ramifications for creators and industry and discuss them with the public.
> ROUNDTABLE: Update On Digital Cultural Strategies In Quebec
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As a direct result of the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s intention to be proactive in the digital field, the first of an ongoing series of events called COMPOSITE will be launched during MUTEK_IMG, inviting digital artists and entrepreneurs to share their work and inspire new projects via short presentations. More than 10 innovative local and international projects have been selected for this inspiring new initiative.
PRESENTATION : Composite –  A Forum for Digital Creativity
FOCUS ON VIRTUAL REALITY (VR)
The Cube - SIMON WILKINSON - Producer CiRCA69 (UK)
A Flash of Color - DAVID MULLETT & DUNCAN RANSOM - Producer The Endless (US)
Time Machine VR - VANDER CABALLERO - Developper Minority Media (QC)
MUTEK_IMG features one of the most impressive exhibitions of Virtual Reality productions and experiences in North America. With 30 VR headsets on hand, our VR EXHIBITION invites visitors into a universe of leading edge artistic productions: from 360˚ videos to immersive interactive works. The core of the works on display are part of the Kaleidoscope touring exhibition. The exhibition is completed with a selection of pieces curated by the MUTEK team. Check the complete list of works here.

As a companion to the exhibition, MUTEK_IMG also offers an introduction to the fundamentals of VR with VR101: The (Re)Birth of Virtual Reality.
 
Tickets are available for the KALEIDOSCOPE EVENT which grants exclusive access to artist talks and demonstrations from technology partners involved in the VR EXHIBITION, as well as a special rendezvous with various Montréal VR startups.
A glimpse of the VR SALON
All details concerning activities and speakers for the VR SALON, which addresses a professional audience with activities focused on VR creation, technology, and distribution, are now online here.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR THE FIRST 10 PEOPLE WHO PURCHASE A VR SALON PASS : Get a 25% discount with the code VRSALON2015.
DIGITAL ART IN PUBLIC SPACE
Several MUTEK_IMG activities focus on digital art in public space, including a series of presentations by the artists involved in the urban exhibition COMMON SPACE?, co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada, the Quartier des spectacles and MUTEK. Unfolding in Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles from October 1 to 18, this international project involves 8 works by 13 artists that explore themes of humanity at the heart of technology.
PRESENTATIONS: Interactive Art and Public Space: The Common Space? Project  

The Quartier des spectacles and the National Film Board of Canada are also using the occasion of MUTEK_IMG to launch MAKE INVISIBLE VISIBLE, a new call for proposals addressing the challenges of adaptability and exportation in the context of interactive urban art works.
ROUNDTABLE: Interactive Creation in Public Space and the Challenges of Export

International input on the topic will be given by Hilary O’Shaughnessy, the producer of the Playable City initiative launched in 2013 by renowned digital culture centre Watershed in Bristol, UK.
PRESENTATION: Playable City - Opportunities and Challenges of Producing Digital Art in Public Space
 
THE FUTURE OF MAPPING
Renault - SUPERBIEN
MODUL8 / MADMAPPER present MAP ON MASKS @ MUTEK Montréal 2015. Photo by Kamielle Dalati-Vachon
Mapping is a thriving practice that explores a large variety of surfaces and concepts. MUTEK_IMG brings together renowned mappers from Québec, Germany, UK and France for a series of case studies exploring different creative approaches in this field, as well as a discussion on the development of its visual language. Participants include: 
DEGLAZER - aziz!Light Crew (QC)
ALEXANDRE LE GUILLOU - Superbien (FR)
ROBIN MCNICHOLAS - Marshmallow Laser Feast (UK)
MORITZ RICHARTZ .- Xenorama (DE)
PHIL MAX SCHÖLL - Weltraumgrafik (DE)
EMMANUEL SÉVIGNY - Playmind (QC)
THIEN VU DANG - Atelier ROKODOTTAA (QC)

PRESENTATIONS: The Future of Mapping I
PRESENTATION & PANEL: The Future of Mapping II
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HACKTIVISM
JULIAN OLIVER 2012  Photo by Khuong Bismuth, 2014
MUTEK and Eastern Bloc are co-presenting several critical discussions on ethics and biopolitics, hacktivism, and surveillance culture:
PANEL: Art and Science in the Age of Biopolitics
PANEL: Black Hat, Grey Hat, White Hat: Privacy Ethics of a Hacktivist
PANEL: Off-the-Grid: Alternative Networks in the 21st Century
German artists Julian Oliver and Matthias Strubel, who participate in the discursive part of these panels, will also lead related hands-on workshops at the Goethe-Institut Montréal: Oliver teaches his techniques for capturing ubiquitous wireless transmissions while Strubel demonstrates how to build a PirateBox, an anonymous offline communications system.

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