MUTEK_Lab presents “Tools for an Unknown Future” Symposium

With the 2012 edition of the festival just over two weeks away, MUTEK is proud to announce its latest collaboration with the ICAS (International Cities for Advanced Sound) network. This three-day international symposium inaugurates the new MUTEK_Lab series, a new component to MUTEK that directly precedes the festival.
Open to the public, MUTEK_Lab is a professional gathering that explores the ever-strengthening links between creativity – whether it be musical or digital – and innovation. Collaborative initiatives, new practices, fluidity between artistic and commercial spheres, and new avenues of financing are all issues that define the new cultural milieu.  Meanwhile, the reach of creative endeavours today often spans great distances from its presenting source, a dynamic that’s increasingly inspiring and influencing new works produced by artists.
What are the consequences of these major shifts in the creation, context, and presentation of new art forms,and how can creativity contribute to the development of unique city identities? What infrastructures exist to take advantage of these new developments and channels, and what are the new financial solutions for surviving in an economy of increasing scarcity?  It is in this light that MUTEK_Lab, working with ICAS and ECAS, aims to bring together the pertinent professionals from the worlds of culture, design, urban planning, marketing, communications, and innovation who will ultimately provide answers to these very questions.
Featuring a mix of keynotes, panels, case studies and presentations, the Tools for an Unknown Future symposium is a 3-day conference aimed at elaborating a cohesive view of the current trends within groundbreaking artistic mediums and proposing visions for the future. All activities will take place at the PHI Centre, a brand-new multidisciplinary arts complex located in the Old Port of Montreal, which showcases the effervescence and diversity of current artistic practices within its four floors.
The details:
May 28 – 30, 9am to 5:30pm daily
PHI Centre (407 St. Pierre street)
This project is realised with the support of the Culture Program of the European Union. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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