Montréal, June 15, 2015 — The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is pleased to be hosting Museomix from November 6 to 8, 2015. During the event, over one hundred passionate web, tech, culture and museum professionals will occupy the MAC, with a mission to enrich the museum experience using new technologies. Grouped into multidisciplinary teams, these creators will design prototypes of all kinds, from web and mobile apps to interactive installations, exploring new approaches to the museum experience. This will mark the first time that a contemporary art museum has hosted Museomix.

An experimental laboratory in the service of art

Since 2011, Museomix has brought together over 500 participants each year at different museums in Europe and North America. For the 2015 edition, Museomix will be held at 11 museums in 5 different countries, notably in Mexico (Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes), Belgium (Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent and the Musée Royal de Mariemont), France (Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris, La Manufacture: musée de la mémoire et de la création textile in Roubaix, Musée National du Sport in Nice and the Musée de Bretagne in Rennes), Switzerland (Museum of Communication in Bern), and this year at the Musée d’art contemporain (MAC) in Montréal, as well as the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) in Québec City.

For MuseomixMTL at the MAC, we plan to create ten teams of six people, selected so that their combined expertise covers the set of skills required to create museological devices in three days. The “museomixers” will come from the following communities:

Mediation, interaction and usage: museography, UX design, game and sound design, and mediation

Communication and broadcasting: writing, journalism, community management, blogging, video

Fabrication: CAD (2D/3D), DIY, engineering, mechanics, industrial design, construction, carpentry, couture, crafts

Coding and development: mobile, electronics, desktop, web

Content experts: art history, research, conservation, library science

Graphic design and formatting: graphic design, drawing / illustration, creation, websites

Interior design and planning: stage design, architecture, urban design

These carefully selected creatives will design digital devices based on the Musée’s spaces and content. Museomixers are invited to apply, in Montréal or in Québec City, from June 15 to 30, 2015.

REMIXING THE MAC: issues and terrain

The MAC actively develops ambitious projects aimed at renewing its visitor base and heightening the museum experience. It goes without saying that Museomix will allow the Musée to interact with the public in new ways by asking essential questions about the evolution of museums in the current digital context. The following themes are among those that will be proposed to participants: technologies at the heart of mediation, contemporary art and copyright, the MAC within the Place des Festivals and a Musée open to all.

As part of Québec’s digital culture plan, the MAC is working to ensure a complete transition toward the digital world through, among other means, the creation of digital artistic content and technological innovation to improve the visitor experience and provide the greatest possible access to content.

Museomix in short

Founded in Lyon, France, in 2011, Museomix is the first international cultural marathon that mixes skills and insights. Museomix is three days of invention, design, fabrication and testing of innovative digital devices for museum mediation. Museomix is an international citizens’ movement promoting the proliferation of ideas, experimentation and the emergence of new interdisciplinary collaboration.

Museomix in Québec

The first edition of Museomix on Québec soil took place at the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City in 2013. Last year, the collective met in Montréal to museomix the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. This year, the event will be held at the Musée d’art contemporain (MAC) in Montréal and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) in Québec City.

Source and Information

Anne Dongois
T. 514 826-2050
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