Keychange :: Amplify
At the heart of this edition, MUTEK highlights women in digital arts and electronic music in both the regular performance program and during a free 2-day symposium taking place August 21 and 22 at the Monument-National.
Inspired by our membership as one of the core festivals in the PRS Foundation led Keychange initiative, and with the support of the British Council’s Amplify project, the festival connects women creators and innovators from Canada, the UK, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela and the EU under the umbrella: Keychange :: Amplify.
Dedicated to empowering women in digital arts and electronic music in order to enlighten, embolden and contribute to the current cultural shift around inclusivity and gender issues, participating artists and innovators will engage in a series of discursive activities, workshops, and performances.
Keychange :: Amplify Symposium
Keynotes, panels, presentations and networking activities—provocative and practical content, the Keychange :: Amplify Symposium and related activities throughout the rest of the week, will address essential and topical issues such as:
20 Years of female:pressure with Electric Indigo
Sonic (Cyber)feminisms: Strategies, Contestations and Possibilities with Marie Thompson
An Avatar Is Born with Skawennati
What Does Field Transformation Sound Like? Mapping Feminist Movement in Electronic Music & Sound Cultures with Analog Tara
Hot Buttons: On Quotas, Biology, the Meritocracy and More
Breaking the Binary: Sound/Noise, Wanted/Unwanted, Masculine/Feminine
(Re-en)gendering the Arts & Industry: Institutional Action
Signature Visions: Art, Tech & Soul
Beyond the Why: A Diversity in Curation How-To
Gathering The Momentum: Possible Futures
The schedule of events and speakers is available here, as well as RSVP form:
Artists participating in the performance program are here:
Keychange is a pioneering international initiative which empowers women to transform the future of music and encourages festivals to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022. 60 emerging artists and innovators from across Europe will be invited to international festivals to take part in a series of showcases, collaborations and a programme of creative labs. Backed up by an innovation fund for the network to test new projects and ideas, Keychange aims to accelerate change and create a better more inclusive music industry for present and future generations.
Keychange is led by PRS Foundation, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, in partnership with Musikcentrum Öst, Reeperbahn Festival, Iceland Airwaves, BIME, Tallinn Music Week, Way Out West, Liverpool Sound City and MUTEK.
Amplify is an ambitious initiative that connects an active network of women-identified artists and curators working in the digital arts, VR, AR, and immersive storytelling sectors in Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela and the UK. The Amplify network builds on existing links in the Americas and the UK while increasing a South to North conversation in order to strengthen opportunities for artists and curators in an increasingly international environment. Connecting different cultures and experiences, the network activates a platform for dialogues on access, inclusion and gender equality between local and international industry professionals.
Amplify will first take place during MUTEK Montréal but throughout the year many of the artists and curators involved in this project will embark on a transcontinental circulation that will continue in Buenos Aires and Mexico City, finally reconnecting in London at Somerset House Studios.
Amplify is led by the British Council, MUTEK and Somerset House Studios, with the support of Canada Council for the Arts.
Buenos Aires | September 13_16.2018
Mexico City | November 19_25.2018
SOMERSET HOUSE STUDIOS
London | 2019
Keychange :: Amplify is realized with the support of the British Council, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, PRS Foundation and the Creative Europe program of the European Union, 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).
We would like to thank Somerset House Studios.
In collaboration with MTL Women in Music and Femmes du Cinéma, de la Télévision et des Médias Numériques