MUTEK is very proud to announce that actress and director Brigitte Poupart, recently honoured by Paris association Femmes Monde and the Académie des lettres du Québec, as well as the recipient of the Iris award in the best supporting actress category for her performance in the movie Les Affamés by Robin Aubert—has accepted the role of Keychange project ambassador.
Inspired by the Keychange project and MUTEK’s approach, Brigitte is also developing, in collaboration with her daughter, a McGill university Women’s Studies graduate, a documentary on gender parity.
Keynotes, panels, presentations and networking activities—provocative and practical content, MUTEK’s 2-day symposium dedicated to empowering women in digital arts and electronic music intends to enlighten, embolden and contribute to the current cultural shift around inclusivity and gender issues. Skawennati Fragnito and Tara Rodgers are among the confirmed keynotes with more to come. Taking place at the Monument-National on August 21 and 22, themes and topics will include:
- Understanding and addressing sexism in the music industry and other creative fields;
- Policy and action plans from institutional players, festivals and grassroots activists;
- Experiences and careers in technologically driven art and music forms: electronic music, audiovisual arts, digital creation, virtual reality, film, gaming; new innovations affecting creators: blockchain, AI, wearable tech, sound spatialization;
- Skills and capacity building sessions: new media workflow and audiovisual tools, live performance, mastering, licensing, synthesis.
Inspired by its membership in the core festivals brought together by PRS Foundation in the Keychange initiative in 2017, MUTEK will congregate more than 35 women artists and innovators from all over the world.
Keychange Symposium activities in Canada are realized with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the British Council. We also acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters. The Festival would also like to thank the Consulado General de México en Montreal, the Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AMEXCID) and the Instituto Cultural de México en Montreal (ICMM).