Audiovisual performances, digital artworks and conversations
open access from March 11 to 14
Thursday, March 11 to Sunday, March 14,MUTEK collaborates with HELLERAU, one of Europe’s most important cultural centres in contemporary art, to present HYBRID – Cutting Edge Canada. This joint event brings together more than a dozen audiovisual and electronic music performances in Dresden (Germany) and Montreal, as well as digital art, conversations and a listening room to showcase Quebec and Canadian creativity. All of this will be available exclusively and freely available on the virtual.mutek.org platform.
“The first edition of the HYBRID – Cutting Edge Canada festival is the result of a partnership that began a few years ago with HELLERAU. “says Alain Mongeau, MUTEK’s General and Artistic Director. “This is a unique opportunity to strengthen the link between Montreal’s artistic communities and the rest of the world and once again demonstrate the vitality and innovation of emerging and renowned creators from Canada.”
For four days, 20 artists will present, mostly in the world premiere, their new creations and reflections on MUTEK’s virtual platform, custom-designed for the 21st edition of the Festival last September.
Alexis Langevin-Tétrault CA/QC ─ Hypercube (one) / BunBun US/QC /
Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules & Michael Gary Dean CA/QC ─ Previz /
Chloe Alexandra Thompson & aesthetic.stalemate CA+US ─ Morié /
Deadbeat & Fatima Camara CA/DE / Gene Tellem CA/QC / Line Katcho CA/QC Immortal / Lucas Paris CA/QC ─ Light Center Folds / Matt Thibideau & Markus Heckmann CA/QC
Reclusion / Myriam BoucherCA/QC / Uri FR/QC / Pierre-Luc Lecours CA/QC / Priori CA/QC / Sabrina Ratté QC/FR ─ Floralia / Sahar Homami IR/QC / T.Gowdy CA/QC
A set of new live performances, recorded at HELLERAU and at the Studios of the 7 Fingers, will be broadcast on the virtual stage of the MUTEK platform. Musical styles meet and transform into unpredictable sonic explorations with the unmissable performances of Gene Tellem, Ouri and Deadbeat and Fatima Camara. Drawing on their recent compositions, Line Katcho, Pierre-Luc Lecours and T.Gowdy reveal new territories while Sahar Homami deploys his poetic cinema. Programming also showcases innovative technologies such as real-time augmented reality with Chloe Alexandra Thompson and aesthetic.stalemate or 3D modeling with Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules (Push 1 Stop) and Michael Gary Dean (Wiklow). Two other projects premiered at the 21st edition of MUTEK complete the performance menu: AlexisLangevin-Tétrault’s kinetic choreography and a memorable set by Priori.
Three digital artworks will also be available in the interactive gallery of the MUTEK virtual platform. While Lucas Paris draws inspiration from video games to develop a singular real-time audiovisual universe, Matt Thibideau and Markus Heckmann compose soundscapes from industrial environments while Sabrina Ratté simulates new ecosystems born of the fusion between technology and organic matter in her latest creation, Floralia, which has just had its world premiere at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
The virtual auditorium will host several conversations from the NEW NATURE project presented by the Goethe-Institut Montréal. Climate scientists, technology experts and artists will discuss the need to rethink our relationship with nature.
Finally, the listening room with audio archives from the last ten years of the Montreal edition of the MUTEK Festival will complete this audiovisual exploration.
All programming will premiere free of charge between Thursday, March 11 and Sunday, March 14 on the virtual.mutek.org platform. A simple registration on Wednesday, March 10 will ensure access to the HYBRID – Cutting Edge Canada event and the on-demand resumption of all content from Monday, March 15 to Wednesday, March 31.