Every year Mutek seems to get bigger and more expansive, bringing local artists into an international pool of digital arts and music. This year, there are 120 performances, with nearly half of those as world premieres. Not bad, Montreal, not bad. Not to mention, half those performers are women, which is one of the key focuses of the festival this year.
Some of this year’s musical highlights include the arrival of Chicago DJ, Honey Dijon, who will be performing until 6 a.m. Fans of visuals can delight in the arrival of Robin Fox’s laser concerto, Herman Kolgen’s work, and from Russia, the AV team known as Tundra.
Opening and closing nights take place at the SAT. Openers on August 22 are an international feast with Equinknoxx, Clap!Clap!, Myriam Boucher, Vigliensoni, and DJ Lag. Closers on August 26 are a parallel show, with sets by Charobonneau/AMato, Acid Pauli, DJ Voila, Yagya, Moomin, and Steevio and Suzybee.
Everyone loves a free show, of course. Among those in the line-up to check out at the Esplanade of Place des Arts are Poirier (Aug 23), Debie Doe (Aug 24), and Bendiks (Aug 25). On Sunday, Red Bull music in conjunction with MUTEK will bring a free outdoor program in Virage in Outremont. Check out Frankie Teardrop’s DJ set as well as Minimal Violence.
Mutek always includes a symposium with panels, presentations, and keynote speakers. This year’s symposium, Keychange :: Amplify highlights women in digital arts and electronic music, taking place at Monument National. Keynote speakers include Marie Thompson and Tara Rodgers. For details on workshops, discussion, and more click HERE.
MUTEK takes place August 19 to 22 at various venues in the city, but principally at the SAT and Place des Arts. For details on the festival, click HERE.