Several Cluster members will participate in the 2021 edition of MUTEK, including Alexandra Bachmayer, Jacqueline Beaumont, Joanna Berzowska, Anna Eyler, Alice Jarry, Vanessa Mardirossian, and Dr. Miranda Smitheram.
From Tuesday, August 24 to Sunday, September 5, 2021, more than 250 artists will offer around one hundred performances and fifty artworks and installations, most of them never seen before, to the Montréal public and to spectators from across the world through the virtual.mutek.org platform. We are waiting for you in one of our venues, on the free outdoor stage and online for an array of sound and visual emotions!
In parallel to the Festival, the professional component MUTEK Forum is back for a seventh edition from Tuesday, August 24 to Thursday, September 2 on our virtual platform. Artificial intelligence, extended reality (XR), crypto art, fashion tech are among the many themes that are addressed by more than a hundred speakers from Québec, Canada and the rest of the world through around sixty activities. A virtual market enchantés the experience with networking opportunities and new creative collaborations with more than 100 companies and organizations from around 40 countries.
Launched in the year 2000, MUTEK is dedicating itself to the presentation of live electronic music and real-time audiovisual performance, making it one of the rare outlets in North America for such innovations. After 20 years, the festival’s future-seeking mandate has matured—and while the promise has in many ways caught up with the present—its commitment to the ongoing mutations and variations of contemporary digital creativity remain, with its eyes and ears still fixated on what comes next.
The festival extends now to 6 days and nights—and integrates the professional Forum into the architecture of the week to enrich conversations and encounters with current technologically driven practices and philosophies. Plugged into a global circuit since inception, creating an international rendezvous for artists and publics alike, the festival thrives on creating a context for discovery and exchange. Faithful to its values of inclusion and accessibility, MUTEK is committed to a more equitable and representative programming of all diversities, in particular through the Amplify initiative.
It also magnifies Montréal, not just as its urban backdrop, but as the source of so much of its creative soul; the local is always elevated in dialogue with exceptional artists from around the world.
MUTEK has built a unique model over the years that has proven seductively exportable. Tentacles stretch across 4 continents, to 6 other cities now, with each satellite adapting the festival’s template of values as a means to inspire new ways of engaging with the richness of electronic and digital artistry.