The Essential Guide to the 23rd edition
Photo credit by Sean Vadaru
After two-hybrid local editions, the MUTEK festival of electronic music and digital creativity is back with a fully international 23rd edition, celebrating the return of artists and audiences to Tiohtia:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal, from all over the world from August 23 to 28, 2022.
For six days and six nights, MUTEK festivalgoers will be able to enjoy more than 80 performances in the heart of the city. This year, the Festival will take place in a variety of locations that are all within walking distance from one another, to promote a relaxed yet optimized journey of discovery: the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT], MTELUS, Place des Arts’ Théâtre Maisonneuve—with the new esplanade Tranquille as its epicentre, which, for the first time, will be home to MUTEK's free outdoor stage.
View our programming schedule below:
The Festival : Performances
From Tuesday, August 23 to Sunday, August 28, 89 artists will be presenting 77 electronic music and digital art performance projects/performances in three venues and on an outdoor stage at at Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. Come and enjoy 4 unique series, our associated programs and a special event on our opening night.
Special event: Max Cooper & Architecture Social Club
Designed in 2015 and since presented on both sides of the Atlantic, Aether is a 3D audio-visual installation created through a collaboration between Max Cooper and the Architecture Social Club studio. This immersive musical experience, layered on an interactive light matrix, plays on the emotional relationship with forms, colours and sounds that surround us, engulfing the audience in a sensory experience both lavish and intangible.
Play (3 programs)
Nocturne (5 programs)
A/Visions (2 programs)
Experience (6 programs)
The Forum: Panels & Workshops
Adopting a hybrid format again in 2022, the Forum will take place over four days at the Coeur des sciences in Montreal: some 30 conferences, workshops and networking activities will involve approximately 100 Canadian and international speakers. A fine selection of the content presented will also be transmitted online. A great success in the 2020 and 2021 editions, the virtual market component will be in its third edition and will once again be presented on an online platform, bringing together artists, creative companies, producers, cultural organizations, and broadcasters from around the world for business development purposes.
Conferences + Workshops
On Tuesday 23, the program will address a variety of the Forum’s recurring, essential topics. Of particular note will be the panel moderated by American composer and media artist Peter Kirn (CDM) who will discuss the “genrefication” of artificial intelligencewhile there will be a presentation on best practices for digital creativity clusters from around the world.
Extended reality (XR) will be in the spotlight on Wednesday 24 with the 8th edition of the XR Salon. To kick things off, the Canadian Media Fund will present a discussion between producer Ingrid Kopp, the co-founder of South African organization Electric South, and Sandra Rodriguez, a Québec director and producer who is the author of the study Crafting a Market for Independent XR. MUTEK will then unveil the three XR projects in its Immersive Collection, in the presence of the works’ creators, after which point it will give the floor to other organizations that are traditionally digital art presenters but now exploring content production and distribution. Finally, Greg J. Smith (HOLO) will interview artists Sinjin Hawke and Zora Jones (Fractal Fantasy) who are pushing the creative and technological limits of audiovisual performance.
On Thursday 25, the morning will begin with a conversation between Felix Koberstein(ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe) and Véronique Paradis (Society for Arts and Technology) who, each in their own way, explore virtual spaces that facilitate the production, distribution, and mediation of the arts. The ties that bond research, creation, and the industry will then be dissected by experts from renowned local institutions such as Eastern Bloc, SYNTHÈSE – Pôle Image Québec, and Hexagram.
The last day of the Forum on Friday 26 will specifically focus on the place of marginalized communities within electronic music, with a presentation by Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson, the founder of Dweller festival and co-founder of Discwoman, an agency grounded in representing and promoting female and non-binary talents working as DJs or producers. In addition, one panel will explore the “musicverse” and how music is adapting to Web3, while another will discuss strategies for a more sustainable and accessible future of live music.
Throughout the week, various workshops will be held in parallel with the main activities that will deal with, for example, the future of festivals, eco-responsibility, intellectual property, and even WebVR
The Virtual Exhibition
The virtual platform showcases a selection of new digital art, past festival performances, thought-provoking talks from the MUTEK Forum, and sound archives from the last decade. Designed to give you a taste of artists, programs and topics of the upcoming Montréal edition
MUTEK's third virtual exhibition will be presented on virtual.mutek.org from August 9 through September 9. This 2022 edition brings together a selection of games and video pieces, by 12 artists from Québec, Canada, and abroad, that are interactive, immersive, or feature artificial intelligence. In addition, there will be a series of podcasts, past performances and a residency program presented by Amplify D.A.I, available for viewing.
Road to MUTEK
MUTEK On Air: PodcastsMUTEK On Air gathers radio and podcast segments from Montréal media diving into the backstages and projects of this year’s Festival and Forum. This selection of interviews unpacks different facets of our programming, shining a light on different facets of an event rooted in local talk.
- MUTEK x Eastern Bloc: Immersive Collection
- Liliane Chlela
- MUTEK Dialogues
Performance Archive: Shows to (re)discovera selection of past performances by artists returning for the Montréal 23rd Edition.
- Gabber Modus Operandi
- Korea Town Acid
- Le désert mauve
States of Existence
Baron Lanteigne CA/QC / Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules CA/QC / Giovanni Magaglio & Leonardo Rubboli IT / Maize Longboat CA/QC / Marilou Lyonnais A. CA/QC / Marion Schneider FR/QC / Nancy Lee & Kiran Bhumber TW/CA+IN/CA / Natalie Paneng ZA / Neilson Koerner-Safrata CA / oOps.50656 Gyuchul Moon & Hwang Sunjeong KR / Yarli Allison CA/UK
Fractal Fantasy Gallery
Following a concept-show to unveil their live adaption of VIRTUA earlier this summer, Fractal Fantasy rekindles with the MUTEK universe and presents a hand-picked selection of works for our virtual platform.
The AV pieces that make up this virtual exhibition are the result of a joint collaborative process between artists from Argentina, Canada, the UK and Brazil, who belong to the Amplify D.A.I. network.
Developed face-to-face, virtually or in hybrid form, in the studios of the Argentinian arts and technology platform Artlab, each production of work had the support of mentors who provided different tools according to the needs of each artist and the monitoring of a curatorial team. The final works are presented in exhibitions and festivals of digital creativity around the world.
THE ESSENTIALS OF VIRTUAL MUTEK
WHEN: Tuesday, August 9th till Friday, September 9th.
WHERE: Online at virtual.mutek.org
MUTEK Immersive Collection
Five artists have stepped up to the challenge of reinventing a past festival performance into an XR artwork. The result is an eclectic yet coherent set of three different XR projects ranging from contemplative to surreal to dynamic: Entanglement XR by France Jobin & Markus Heckmann, House of Moiréby Chloe Alexandra Thompson & Matthew Edwards (aesthetic.stalemate), and Immortelle by Line Katcho
France JobinCA/QC is an audio and installation artist, as well as composer and curator. Markus HeckmannDE/CA is a visual artist and Technical Director at Derivative, the maker of TouchDesigner
House of Moiré
Chloe Alexandra ThompsonCA/US and Matthew EdwardsUS (aka aesthetic.stalemate) are interdisciplinary artists and collaborators.
Line KatchoCA/QC is a composer and audiovisual artist primarily interested in sound and image as demonstrations of kinetic matter.
THE ESSENTIALS OF IMMERSIVE COLLECTION
Discover the works in-person
23_28.08.22 | esplanade Tranquille
- Tuesday | 11am - 8pm
- Wednesday | 11am- 9pm
- Thursday | 1pm - 8pm
- Friday | 11am - 8pm
- Saturday - Sunday | 12pm - 8pm
Meet the artists
XR Salon at MUTEK Forum: August 24 — Agora du Coeur des sciences, Montréal