Anything in the digital arts sector is of interest to the people behind MUTEK, but music is the focal point of this five day festival. For almost the entirety of the five days at various indoor and outdoor locations electronic music will be king in the city. This is the 12th edition of MUTEK and they have always brought in some of the biggest names, up-and-comers and the most innovative electronic music and visual artists. With each edition the festival grows in reputation and popularity. In the first year 34 artists performed and this year there are more than double that.
In regards to the live music portion, it gives fans the chance to see their idols live and it gives newbies the opportunity to discover this body moving variety of music. Past artists who have attended MUTEK include: Pheek, Matthew Dear, Senor Coconut and his Orchestra, Ricardo Villalobos, Jamie Lidell, Plastikman, Artist of the Year, Rhythm & Sound, and Nôze. This year the lineup is impressive with Nicolas Jaar, DJ Champion, Kode 9, Monolake, and Shackleton.
Not satisfied with only entertaining or giving attendees the opportunity to dance, MUTEK also offers different workshops and symposiums. For instance, MUTEK_LAB, which I have to point out is open to the public and free – you just have to RSVP on the website, brings together creativity and innovation. Topics covered will be commercial success versus artistry, discovering different means of financing and even how to collaborate. The workshops/symposiums will feature panels, presentations and case studies. Information will be disseminated in several different ways to reach the largest audience possible.
If you are available during the day and are interested in the digital arts I suggest you take in the DIGI_Section Conference (another freebie!) from May 31-June 2. It also includes panels, interviews, workshops, and presentations. The latest advancements and technologies concerning digital arts will be looked at.
-Dates: May 30-June 3, 2012
-Venues: Metropolis, Espace SAT, Studio Hydro Quebec, St. James Church, Ludger-Duvernay Theatre, Savoy, Berri-UQAM Metro, Place de la Paix, Jean Drapeau Park, Monument National, Radio-Canada
-Ticket Purchase: www.mutek.org (site will redirect you to correct place depending on show)
-Ticket Prices: Festival Pass – $260.00
Weekend Pass – $135.00
Weekend Lite Pass – $90.00
Day 1 Pass – $48.00
Day 2 or 3 Pass – $52.00
Day 4 – $54.00
Day 5 – $33.00
A/VISIONS Pass – $85.00
Nocturnes x3 Pass – $90.00
Nocturnes x5 Pass – $140.00 (all plus service charges and tax)