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PHI Event Centre Elektra Festival Discussions COVER

Elektra Festival - The Futures of Today

  • Past Event
  • Technology
  • Mixed Arts
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PHI Centre Espace 4
407 Saint-Pierre St
Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2M3

Panel #1: Think Tank: Towards New Worlds:
1 PM

Panel #2: Alternative Intelligences:
3 PM

18 years old +

Free, reservations required

The past and the future are colliding and it is shifting our present moment. Elektra Festival invites the public to an afternoon where we will collectively reimagine the world of tomorrow.

Come join the conversation under this year's theme: Monde Futur.e World

ELEKTRA internationally disseminates works by artists who combine art and new technologies, and who also contribute to current aesthetics of research and experimentation. The Elektra Festival has showcased local, national and international avant-garde digital art since 1999.

After three years marked by the production of two biennials at Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal, ELEKTRA returns for the 22nd edition of its festival, which will take place at the PHI Center under the theme Monde Futur.e World.

The past and the future collide. Our present is being reshaped. How does technology interact with different types of intelligence? How are the fragments of futures imagined by an artist, an author, a filmmaker transformed when they are brought together collectively?

To nourish these questions, on a cultural, societal, artistic and technological level, Monde Futur.e World brings together three evenings of audiovisual performances, an afternoon of reflections and an exhibition at the Elektra Gallery.

This 22nd edition of the Elektra Festival therefore contributes a perspective on current artistic practices and presents a unique view of the possibilities of a sustainable future.

Monde Futur.e World is also the bridge to the 7th edition of ILLUSION, the International Digital Art Biennale which will be presented from May 24th to July 14th, 2024 at Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal.

Think Tank: Towards New Worlds

Tickets are limited. Panel in French.

For this think tank, participants gather in groups around an artist, an author and a filmmaker who will share fragments of the futures they foresee. Together let’s create a vision for a sustainable world.

PHI Event Centre Elektra Festival Discussions Sylvain Neuvel

Sylvain Neuvel


Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India, and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator, though he wishes he were an astronaut. He absolutely loves toys; his girlfriend would have him believe that he has too many, so he writes about aliens and giant robots as a blatant excuse to build action figures (for his son, of course). His debut, Sleeping Giants, was described by NPR as “one of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory.”

Photo: James Andrew Rosen

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PHI Event Centre ELEKTRA Festival Discussions Erin Manning

Erin Manning


Erin Manning is professor of fine arts and philosophy at Concordia University. Recent books include For a Pragmatics of the Useless (2020) and Out of the Clear (forthcoming). She works at the intersection of the three ecologies - the environmental, the conceptual and the social - with an emphasis on the aesthetico-political.

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PHI Event Centre ELEKTRA Festival Discussions Nguyen Anh Nguyen

Nguyen-Anh Nguyen


A former dentist, Nguyen-Anh co-founded CineGround Media, the third largest camera rental and post-production house in Montreal and the science-fiction production company Second Tomorrow Studios, behind the viral hit THE AKIRA PROJECT (2014) and acclaimed short films TEMPLE (2016) & HYPERLIGHT (2018), all of which garnered over 12M views online.

As a film director, he is developing a sci-fi drama with Passage Pictures, LOW ORBIT starring Agathe Rousselle (TITANE) set to be shot in 2024. He is also working with Epic Games on an animated project entirely done in Unreal, titled BABIRU and written by Philip Gelatt (Netflix’s LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS).

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PHI Event Centre ELEKTRA Festival Discussions Mathieu Lauzon Dicso Danila Razykov

Mathieu Lauzon-Dicso


Mathieu Lauzon-Dicso has been a college professor, founder of the Prix des Horizons imaginaires, codirector of the VLB imaginaire collection and program coordinator at the Salon du livre de Montréal. He is the owner of Saga Bookstore, founded in 2020, and a literary agent at Omada.

Photo: Danila Razykov

Alternative Intelligences

Tickets are limited. Panel in French. A cocktail will follow the panel.

In this panel, our speakers discuss how technology interacts with different types of intelligences - artificial, relational, embodied, community based and creative - and how this can help us imagine a sustainable future for the planet.

PHI Event Centre ELEKTRA Festival Discussions Premee Mohamed

Premee Mohamed


Premee Mohamed is a Nebula, World Fantasy, and Aurora award-winning Indo-Caribbean scientist and speculative fiction author based in Edmonton, Alberta. She has also been a finalist for the Hugo, Ignyte, British Fantasy, and Crawford awards. She is an Assistant Editor at the short fiction audio venue Escape Pod and the author of the Beneath the Rising series of novels as well as several novellas. Her short fiction has appeared in many venues and she can be found on her website.

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PHI Event Centre ELEKTRA Festival Discussions Cheryl Hsu

Cheryl Hsu


Cheryl Hsu is a speculative researcher and artist, braiding the living root bridges that reconnect people, planet and cosmos. Cheryl is also a transition designer and host of Imaginal Transitions, a sanctuary for sourcing the patterns and morphologies of new life-worlds through the paths of deep desire. She is experimenting with post-dual research methods and sensing technologies for attunement with transpersonal and more-than-human sources of wisdom and intelligence.

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PHI Event Centre ELEKTRA Festivaldiscussion Erin Gee Credit Mark Mushet

Erin Gee


Erin Gee (TIO’TIA:KE – MONTREAL) is an artist and composer who explores emotional labor, emotional measurement, emotional performance, and emotional reproduction through music, new media, and performance. She often enacts this work through her own DIY biofeedback technologies, considering emotion and music as forms of unconscious sensory programming akin to algorithms. Her music is characterized by enigmatic whispered vocals and lushly textured electroacoustic music, whereas her performances adapt the gestures and triggers from Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response to experimental sound.

Photo: Mark Mushet

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PHI Event Centre ELEKTRA Festival Discussions Ida Toft

Ida Toft


Ida Toft works at ELEKTRA as part of the production team where they are responsible for production of exhibitions, conference activities and the developments of ELEKTRA’s Virtual Museum (EVM). Working from an experience of neurodiversity, Ida has been involved with experimental game creation since 2007 and has shown their work across Europe, North America and South-Asia. They hold a doctorate in research-creation and interdisciplinary art practice from Concordia University (QC), and have a Master of Science in IT, design, and communication from the IT University in Copenhagen (DK).

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