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EM15 Announces Free Daytime Events

posted by Alyssa Buffenstein on May 16, 2014

EM15 Press Conference via Mutek

Montréal, Canada -- EM15, the lovechild of festivals Elektra and MUTEK, has announced a three-day program of events that will explore the digital art industry through symposia, workshops, and live interviews with some of the biggest names in audiovisual creation and electronic music. 

EM15 aims to showcase Canadian and Quebecois talent, but speakers will hail from all over the world. The daytime activities are free, open to the public, and geared towards not only industry professionals, but also young artists and anyone with an interest in audiovisual technology and innovation.

The events will combine Elektra's International Marketplace for Digital Arts (IMDA) and Mutek's Digi_Section, the already-established conference series' of the individual festivals. New to EM15 will be the Connecting Cities Symposium, which will focus on digital creation in public spaces, with keynote speakers and panel discussions featuring Canadian experts on urban media art.

The IMDA programs will include international festival directors, curators, and Canadian and Quebecois artists speaking about their work, with the aim of increasing the international presence of Canadian digital works.

Digi_Section will host conversations between innovators in the audiovisual field, such as artists Alain Thibault, Matthew Biederman, Holly Herndon, Heatsick, Richie Hawtin, and Robert Henke, hosted by HOLO Magazine editor-in-chief Greg J. Smith and The Wire online editor Jennifer Allan.

Product showcases and workshops are also a part of the programming, with technological partners such as Roland, Ableton, Derivative WaveDNA and MIXGENIUS

If all this seems to fly right over your head, then maybe a documentary movie screening is the perfect program to get you started - I Dream of Wires, which explores the history and usage of the modular synthesizer, will make its Montréal premiere at the festival.

For more details and the full schedule of events, check out EM15's website.

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