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ELEKTRA14 | Atom™ (DE) – HD, Usine C, Photo © Gridspace

ELEKTRA, a high-calibre Montreal-based cultural initiative founded in 1999, presents artists and works of art that align the latest electronic music and visual creations derived from new technologies (animation, installation and robotics).

Elektra unites creative media like music, video, cinema, design, gaming and audio or interactive installation with the latest digital technologies. Artists from all disciplines – composition, performance, dance, visual arts, etc. – all with a common interest in artistic applications of new technologies, uniting visual and sound.

Elektra not only welcomes artists from all over the world, the festival also features local talents, helping make Montreal the North American meeting place for digital arts.

In 2014, Elektra celebrates its 15th anniversary from May 27 to June 1, joining forces with the MUTEK festival on this occasion. Together, they create EM15, a major event that presents cutting edge local and international expressions of digital creativity at Montréal’s Musée d’art contemporain, and other iconic venues throughout the city.

Wolfgang Leeb

Wolfgang Leeb

The Media Architecture Institute is a non-profit organisation designed to complement the work of established universities and research institutions with a flexible but very focused research activity linking industry, education and academia together.

Founded in fall 2009 by Dr Gernot Tscherteu, Dr Oliver Schürer, DI Wolfgang Leeb and Dr Martin Tomitsch, the Institute continues the work of the Media Architecture Group that co-organised the Media Architecture Conference London 2007 and the Media Facades Festival Berlin 2008 – in particular the conference and the exhibition.
In 2010 the Media Architecture Institute organised the Media Facades Summit 2010 in Frankfurt and the Media Architecture Biennale 2010 in Vienna.

In 2011 the Media Architecture Institute was expanded from its European base in Vienna to a second office in Sydney where Dr M. Hank Haeusler and Dr Martin Tomitsch are responsible for the Australasian region. Vienna remained responsible for the European / American region with Ben Stricker and Tobias Ebsen joining the Institute in 2012.

In April 2012 the Media Architecture Institute organised the 2nd Media Facades Summit 2012 in Frankfurt as part of the Light and Building Exhibition hosted at the Städelschule. In November 2012 the Institute together with Aarhus University’s CAVI organised the Media Architecture Biennale 2012 in Aarhus.

2013 Events: Media Facades Summit in Hong Kong and Exhibition in Sydney

2014 Events: Media Facades Summit in Frankfurt and upcoming Media Architecture Biennale 2014 in Aarhus

Public Art Lab

Public Art Lab is based in Berlin and directed by curator and cultural producer Susa Pop. Since 2003, PAL has aimed at developing forms of communication and action that incorporate the public in the artistic process and give rise to long-lasting collaborations and networks. These projects aim at fostering community development, identity building and communication among the city inhabitants.

Since 2007 PAL has focused on urban media art, exploring the communicative potential of urban screens and media facades. At the Media Facades Festival Europe 2010, seven major European cities were connected for the first time via urban screens and media facades for activities including joint broadcasting events, which opened a window for viewing social and intercultural processes. PAL has continued its involvement with urban media by initiating in 2011 the Innovationsforum Urban Screens and initiated in 2012 the Urban Media Network as well as the Connecting Cities Network.

Other PAL projects include: Mobile Museums (2004), Mobile Studios (2006), Mobicases (2007, 2009, 2011), Media Facades Festival (2008) and Round Table Ukraine (2011-2013).

Lately Susa Pop has co-edited the publication Urban Media Cultures with numerous examples from the areas of urban development, technology and marketing, this book illustrates current trends in interactive media structures.

‘Mégaphone’ 2013, produced by ONF, Quartier des spectacles and Moment Factory, Photo © Moment Factory

‘Mégaphone’ 2013, produced by ONF, Quartier des spectacles and Moment Factory, Photo © Moment Factory

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB has produced over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including nine Canadian Screen Awards, seven Webbys, twelve Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.

MUTEK 2013, Herman Kolgen, ‘Train Fragments’, Photo © Caroline Hayeur

MUTEK 2013, Herman Kolgen, ‘Train Fragments’, Photo © Caroline Hayeur

The MUTEK festival in Montréal is internationally renowned for presenting outstanding and emerging artists in the field of digital creativity and electronic music. Combining concerts, audiovisual performances and conference formats, MUTEK is a multifaceted art experience that introduces original and visionary content to a wide variety of audiences. 2014 marks a momentous year for MUTEK, as the festival celebrates its 15th anniversary from 27 May to 1 June, joining forces with the Elektra festival on this occasion. Together, they create EM15, a major event that presents cutting edge local and international expressions of digital creativity at Montreal’s Musée d’art contemporain, and other iconic venues throughout the city.

MUTEK is also an international network, with regular festival editions taking place each year in Barcelona and Mexico City, as well as diverse MUTEK events taking place frequently all over the world.

Martine Doyon, Quartier des spectacles

Martine Doyon, Quartier des spectacles

Quartier des Spectacles is Montreal’s cultural heart, boasting North America’s most concentrated and diverse group of cultural venues. The district is the year-round host to countless festivals and events, many of which include free outdoor shows and activities. The Quartier also hosts innovative urban installations involving cutting-edge lighting design, immersive environments or interactive digital spaces. Year round, the Quartier presents artistic video projections on several building façades. Quartier des spectacles is an international showcase for new multimedia technology, making Montreal a global leader in the urban exhibition of digital content.


Screenshot from The likes of Brother Cream Cat (2013)

Screenshot from The likes of Brother Cream Cat (2013), a network art project by PIT researcher Winnie Soon in collaboration with Helen Pritchard (

Participatory IT (PIT) and the Centre for Advanced Visualization and Interaction (CAVI) are combined research and production centres at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Developed between the departments of Aesthetics and Communication and Computer Science, the interdisciplinary research centre PIT takes the Scandinavian participatory design tradition as a point of departure, and asks what participation currently means when it appears to have been integrated into all aspects of people’s lives. Jointly with PIT, CAVI has worked within the domain of media architecture and artistic strategies for civic communication and better understanding of public space. For Human Futures, we hope to develop our interests in wireless networks and the tensions between corporate-owned telecommunications infrastructures and community-owned networks.


Courtesy Brian Slater

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK’s leading media arts centre, based in Liverpool. Offering a unique programme of exhibitions, film and participant-led art projects, the organisation uses the power of creative technology to enrich lives.

The award-winning FACT building is home to three galleries (showing four exhibitions per year), a beautiful café operated by LEAF, a cosy bar, and four state of the art film screens programmed by our cinema partners Picturehouse and showing the best in independent and mainstream film.

Showcasing ground-breaking new media art from across the world, FACT’s international artistic programme has presented over 350 new media and digital artworks from artists including Pipilotti Rist, Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Isaac Julien. FACT is committed to expanding and developing artistic practice at all stages, and to commissioning exceptional new works across a range of platforms and multimedia.

Each year, the dynamic Community, Learning, Health and Young People’s programmes offer exciting opportunities for more than 3000 individuals from all backgrounds and ages to discover and be inspired by creative technology, art and film. This strand is at the core of FACT’s ethos and allows the artistic programme to be delivered not only through gallery shows and Related Events but also in long-standing workshops and activities within the (immediate as well as international) community.

As a centre for Research & Innovation, FACT work with partners across the creative industries, health, higher education and arts sectors to develop multi-disciplinary projects exploring the relationship between technology and culture.