September 28 2015


Montreal, September 28, 2015 - On October 2, the Conseil des arts de Montréal is launching the first Soirée Composite as part of the MUTEK_IMG digital forum. This meeting between digital artists and industry representatives from here and abroad is an opportunity to present their projects to the public. Dynamic, brief, innovative, thematically varied, original, risk-taking, these presentations will touch on all areas of this vibrant sector. The goal is to inspire, inspire and inspire some more—to develop ideas and set up future collaborations!

The agenda for this first Soirée Composite at MUTEK_IMG, hosted by Matthieu Dugal from the radio program La Sphère, is promising indeed, with such intriguing projects as Mutant malgré moi, by René Barsalo, which reflects upon “the changes underway and our ability to positively influence future generations,” and the provocative project Karen by the British interactive arts company Blast Theory, which has previously presented works at the Venice Biennale and Sundance Film Festival. Also featured is the electronic music composer and interactive artist Philippe Lambert, whose installations and performances have been presented at the Gaîté lyrique (Paris) and Tribeca Film Festival (New York). Also on the agenda is Hive+Dive MTL, a curatorial guided tour of digital innovations, the first lab of which, slated for October 15, will feature four teams that will put the finishing touches to their projects and present them to leaders of the cultural, information technology and business sectors. Finally, producer Sebastien Ebacher from Ubisoft will discuss the challenges related to the management of creative teams in a large enterprise.

“For a few years, the dynamic between the digital arts and digital industries has been of prime concern to the Conseil,” explains Nathalie Maillé, Executive Director of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. “With its proactive approach and multiple partnerships, the Conseil launched the Table du numérique last winter, a forum for consultation, reflection and action. The Soirées Composite are the result of these exchanges, which we hope will bring organizations and enterprises closer together.”

These two worlds include many of the major players who have made Montreal a world-class centre of creativity. They share numerous affinities, particularly with regard to international stature, inventiveness and specialized expertise. Networking and collaborative efforts, however, have so far remained limited. The Soirées Composite were designed to bridge this gap.

The public is invited to attend the Soirée Composite on October 2 at 4 p.m. at the Centre Phi. Free admission. Facebook event: For those unable to attend, a livestream broadcast will be presented at The exchanges can also be followed on Twitter #CompositeMtl.