MUTEK 2020 – A Unique Hybrid Edition Thanks to You!

Photo : Myriam Ménard

After a memorable 20th edition, who could have imagined that this one would exceed all our expectations in terms of singularity and innovation. MUTEK continued its transformation this year by becoming hybrid and combining the pleasure of attending a live indoor performance with a free virtual festival experience.

Over the course of six days, more than 100 artists from nine countries returned to the stage to offer nearly 60 live electronic music performances, broadcast at least three times to satisfy audiences around the world on our online platform

A platform that also housed some twenty digital works within the Exhibition Distant Arcades, lectures from our virtual ideas market, MUTEK Forum, and audio archives from the last decade of the Festival.

This 21st edition would never have taken place without the support of our partners, the MUTEK network and international cultural institutions through the MUTEK Connect initiative, without the creative energy of the artistic communities of Quebec, Canada and elsewhere, without the involvement of technicians and above all… without your trust and encouragement.

If the Festival has been a success despite the circumstances, both online and in live venues, it’s thanks to you. The entire MUTEK team is infinitely grateful and is already thinking about next year with a upped tenfold level of motivation. We’re all waiting for you, from August 24 to 29, 2021!

THANK YOU again and to (very) soon for new musical and digital emotions.

Until Sunday, you can view some MUTEK Forum conferences, listen to our audio archive and explore the exhibition’s selection of international digital works including:

Departure (AT) The Entropy Gardens RV application
An artistic virtual reality experience that explores the nature of postnumeric reality in a virtual landscape inviting us to forget physical reality and let ourselves be guided by the garden.

Frances Adair Mckenzie (CA/QC) The bee and the orchid RV (version 360)
Expressionist work in virtual reality, The Bee and the Orchid pays tribute to the struggle for existence, presented from the perspective of a series of genetic love stories.

Lila Tirando a Violeta (AR/UY) Silicon Realms Performance
Silicon Realms is an immersive multimedia installation activated by a space that constantly changes, in sync with music.

Lucas LaRochelle (CA/QC) – Sitting Here With You in the Future IA
The LGBTQ2IA life stories generated by oscillate between reality and absurdity, replenishing themselves from the potential for failure, chaos and immeasurability of the application of machine learning technologies to queer realities.

Sahar Homami (IR/QC) fanatica Work A/V
fanaa is an audiovisual work merging sound and image to form an introspective experience. The term fanatica, in Sufism, refers to “disappearance” or “annihilation” (of the self).

Hyphen-Labs (UK) NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism VR
In this virtual reality work, Hyphen-Labs invites you to a “neurocosmetology laboratory” to meet black women who pioneered brain optimization.

Explore the full line-up
They are proud to join the Pop Montreal International Festival again this year and to co-present two evenings that celebrate the experimental.

23.09: Beaver Sheppard
Rialto Theatre – online

26.09: Artificial Paradise
(Odile Myrtil, Ourielle Auvé and Victor Bongiovanni)
Rialto Theatre – online

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