The Digital World Comes To Montréal This Fall

The Digital World Comes To Montréal This Fall
September 10, 2020

Montréal, September 1, 2020 – The health and economic crisis that swept through the world this spring forced many events to change their schedule and format. In this context, the members of Culture Montréal’s Digital Montréal Standing Committee have come together for joint programming that highlights the abundance of events showcasing digital arts and creativity.


For the first time, there will be over a dozen events in fall 2020 organized by Montréal's digital creativity ecosystem. Despite the upheaval, they have worked together to re-imagine everything and offer the world an exceptional display of works, projects and talent. The world is watching Montréal (virtually) Almost 120,000 participants and 1,000 speakers from all over the world will come together in the coming months to celebrate and showcase Montréal’s excellence in digital creativity.


For example, in September, the PHI Centre will be one of 14 satellite locations across the globe and the only cultural venue in Canada to host Venice VR Expanded, the virtual reality section of the Venice Biennale, which will be presented as part of the Venice Mostra (the 77th edition of the Venice International Film Festival).


In November, HUB Montréal will bring together major players in the industry both virtually and in person at an international marketplace for digital creativity companies in the entertainment, culture, and experiential marketing fields. Various companies and institutions, such as Paris Musées and MEET Digital Culture Center, and representatives from Paris, New York, Silicon Valley, and Israel will participate in order to discover local creators and build business relationships. Innovation at the heart of the events.


Regardless of the themes addressed and the chosen formats, these events have been re-imagined in record time to meet the expectations of a loyal audience. New platforms and hybrid methods have been created to enable the audience to gather and connect despite the current constraints. For the MUTEK Festival, real-time audiovisual performances will take place every evening in front of an audience at the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) or at Cinquième Salle (Place des Arts) as well as being broadcast on a new virtual platform designed by the agency Folklore, with the goal of promoting accessibility for all, at all times, throughout the world.


Similarly, MTL Connect: Montréal Digital Week will be 100% virtual and online. This year, the 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2020) will be part of the Creativity Pavilion’s programming. Event schedules available now As the cultural scene begins to recover, these completely redesigned events are proof of the vitality and ingenuity of digital arts and creativity in Montréal. 


Below please find the full program:


PHI Centre Exhibition: Emergence & Convergence June 24 to October 25, 2020

Emergence & Convergence brings together works that contemplate the space between the self, digital technology, the built environment, and the natural world. It focuses on the effects of confinement on our collective consciousness. How has this experience of hardship forced us to reevaluate our priorities and values as a global community? How has it contributed to a renewed connection with nature? The works in this exhibition propose complex explorations of a future in which the fusion of nature and technology could become a new ecology. Check the program here:


Parallel Lines: Digital Exhibition July 16 to September 20, 2020

The idea of being "alone together" as a determining condition of our contemporary life has never been as real as it is now. In this period of globally shared solitude, PHI invited artists from the Greater Montreal area to make their voices heard through creation. Parallel Lines is a call to artists to exercise their agency through creation, as a means of inquiry, expression and action. For sixty days, we followed the artistic process of ten selected candidates, from all disciplines. Check the program here:


Venice VR Expanded September 2 to 12, 2020

This year, the virtual reality section of the Venice Biennale, entitled Venice VR Expanded, will take place exceptionally in fourteen satellite locations around the world. Happening from September 2nd to 12th, the Venice Mostra (77th edition of the Venice International Film Festival) will open its selection of virtual reality works, the majority of which will have their world premiere, to leading cultural venues in the international XR scene, including the PHI Centre. This is a unique opportunity to offer the Montreal public a program of 44 virtual reality works. Check the program here:


Fall 2020 #digitalmtl Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal Cercanía July 30 to September 27, 2020

Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal is pleased to host the internationally-acclaimed artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer for a creative residency lasting three months. The Montreal-based Mexican artist and his team of 15 developers will be exhibiting recent works and developing new ones around the themes of proximity and shared experience. Ambitious, immersive audiovisual installations will transform one of Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal’s 18,000 sq. ft. exhibition halls. The title "Cercanía" means physical proximity in Spanish but also implies intimacy and empathy. Check the program here:


MUTEK September 8 to 13, 2020

After 20 years on the scene, MUTEK continues its mutation and, for the first time in its history, presents a true hybrid festival experience from September 8 to 13, 2020: live in-venue digital art and music performances—in Place des Arts’ Cinquième Salle and Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), as well as a dedicated virtual platform—, which includes an interactive gallery, talks from the music industry and archived live audio recordings. More than 100 artists make up this 21st edition, which will include 34 local performances—among them will be 19 world premieres captured live at Montréal—and 24 international performances from 8 countries.


In conjunction with the Festival, MUTEK Forum, the virtual market of minds, will return for its sixth edition from Tuesday, September 8 to Friday, September 11, 2020. It will address 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. Thanks to the online platform, the market will be growing this year to include participation from more than 600 people and 200 organizations.


A cohort of 20 Québec and Canadian artists has been selected by MUTEK's programming team and will receive support with their personal and professional development and with increasing their international reach. Check the program here:


Fall 2020 #digitalmtl Ars Electronica (In coll. with PHI Center) September 9 to 13, 2020

The virtual edition of Ars Electronica Festival, will showcase virtual gardens of its collaborators, including the PHI Centre. By offering a variety of content - works of art, interviews with artists, virtual guided tours - PHI plays a key role in the expansion of art. Check the program here:


MAPP_MTL 2020 THE UNKNOWN September 24 to 27, 2020

Presented by Fonds solidarité FTQ and powered by Panasonic Spokesperson: Geneviève Borne For a fifth year, the MAPP_MTL mapping projection festival will show all the colors to young and old Montrealers.


With the uncertainty in which the pandemic plunges us, this edition of MAPP_MTL tackles the theme of THE UNKNOWN. Physical distance requires, MAPP_MTL exceptionally adopts a HYBRID FORMULA, with projections across the metropolis and broadcast live from their Facebook page as well as some online activities. In addition to the official festival dates, there are plenty of special events taking place starting this week - with the MURAL urban art festival, and through January 2021. Check the program here:


MEGAMIGS September 25 and 26, 2020 - Training and Careers November 12 and 13, 2020 - Business development, Speakers and Industry showcase

MEGAMIGS, the number one event in the Canadian video game industry will offer an exploded version this year. September 25 and 26, 2020 - Training and Careers - including recruitment of talent at all levels, international recruiting and showcase of the academic program ecosystem November 12 and 13, 2020 - Business development, Speakers and Industry showcase - including round tables and panels, professional networking, media meetings and virtual showroom. Check the program here: Fall 2020 #digitalmtl September 30 to October 2, 2020

(In French) Événement B2B, la rencontre du divertissement et de l'intelligence artificielle. Une programmation riche et inédite sur 3 jours. Point de rencontres et de découvertes, YUL-ai sert également de vitrine pour la recherche et le savoir-faire dans les domaines de l’intelligence artificielle et du divertissement. Check the program here:


METAMORPHOSIS (ELEKTRA) October 1 to 31, 2020

What kind of individual or societal transformations will follow the global pandemic? METAMORPHOSIS refers to the classic Book of Changes (I Ching) and proposes that today, one of the fundamental effects of constant change is to broaden our understanding of the relationship between humanity, nature and technology. According to this book, human society is in constant transformation and everything is subject to change; yet at the same time there is a core that never changes.

By understanding it profoundly, it is therefore possible to foresee the future. METAMORPHOSIS searches for meaningful core patterns by revisiting this triangular relationship to encourage diverse discussions about humanity in an age of uncertainty. It explores the symbiosis between the material and the immaterial, and the physical and the virtual. Check the program here: Montreal


Nouveau Cinema Festival (49th edition) October 7 to 18, 2020 (in person) + October 7 to 31, 2020 (online)

Since its creation in 1971, the Montreal’s nouveau cinema Festival (FNC) has been dedicated to share and develop new practices in the field of cinema and new technologies. It constitutes a springboard for original and unpublished work, promoting the development of cinema and new media authors. For its 49th edition, the FNC will offer a hybrid edition online thanks to Festival Scope Plateform in partnership with SHIFT72 this programmation will be available across Canada from October 7-31. In theaters activities and drive-in will be offered to Montrealers. As for FNC Explore programming, XR will be available through VIVEPORT platform. The professional FNC Forum section will also take place online and will offer keynote, pitches, and masterclasses on tomorrow cinema. Check the program here:


Fall 2020 #digitalmtl Montreal connected October 13 to 18, 2020

Montreal Digital Spring (Printemps numérique), in consultation with its various partners, has chosen to present the second edition of MTL connect, from October 13 to 18, 2020, in a dematerialized, 100% online and innovative experiential format. Montreal Digital Spring team is currently working on the platform that will allow all participants to connect with each other, exchange knowledge and practices, and develop business, despite the physical distance. Check the program here:


ISEA2020 October 13 to 18 october, 2020

The 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art will address pressing contemporary issues and present practice-based approaches to explore the theme “Why Sentience?” ISEA2020 Online will be the first 100% online electronic art symposium: a pioneering and unique experience that will bring together fellow artists, scientists, scholars, and researchers from around the world. Purchase your ISEA2020 Online pass at Early-Bird rate by September 1, 2020. Check the program here:


Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) Symposium iX October 14 to 17, 2020

In 2014, Montreal’s SAT created iX, an annual symposium on Immersive eXperience. Artists, researchers, developers, producers, and digital enthusiasts from around the world are invited to share their knowledge on the subject for five days at the SAT. Focused on exchange and learning, the iX Symposium program consists of lectures, workshops, demonstrations, dome shows (in the Satosphère), and hybrid works that can be discovered. Check the program here:


2020 C2 October 2020

With a new way to convene. Stay tuned! Follow us on Facebook and visit our website for all the details to be revealed shortly. Check the program here:


Fall 2020 #digitalmtl Forum RIDM November 12 to November 19, 2020

Organised as part of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), and founded in collaboration with DOC Québec, Forum RIDM offers an intensive program of professional workshops, lectures and roundtables that focus on training, discussion and sharing of knowledge among the various players in the industry. As a networking platform, Forum RIDM offers business meetings that encourage the development of partnerships, help get new projects off the ground and promote sales. Every year, the event, attended by the most influential decision-makers in the industry, draws over 400 professionals interested in innovative projects and the issues currently facing documentary makers. Check the program here:


Hub Montréal November 16 and November 17, 2020

Montréal is an international business accelerator event for creative industries in the entertainment, cultural and experiential marketing sectors. At the crossroads of digital creativity and storytelling, HUB Montréal showcases companies and creators redefining the rules in the art of connecting with diverse and constantly evolving audiences. Various creative ecosystems come together for crosspollination activities, daring artistry and international trade in the presence of talent buyers, investors, and decision-makers. Check the program here:

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