The world's premiere live electronic music festival turns 20 with another cutting-edge lineup, featuring artists new and old from across Canada and the globe.Line-up /
404.zero — Jetlag (RU) / Akufen (CA/QC) / Ash Koosha — YONA (IR/UK) / Beta Librae (US) / Blawan (UK) / Call Super (UK) / Circle of Live featuring Sebastian Mullaert, Mathew Jonson, Johanna Knutsson, Matt Karmil & Dorisburg (SE+CA) / Dandy Jack (CL) / France Jobin & Richard Chartier — DUO (CA/QC+US) / GAIKA (UK) / Gene Tellem (CA/QC) / Gudrun Gut (DE) / Huerco S. (US) / Jan Jelinek — Zwischen (DE) / Jlin (US) / Kathy Hinde — Twittering Machines (UK) / Loscil — Equivalents (CA) / Lotus Eater (Lucy & Rrose) (IT+US) / Matt Karmil (SE) / Nicola Cruz (EC) / Nkisi (BE/UK) / Project Pablo (CA) / Ryoichi Kurokawa — subassemblies (JP) / Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones — Fractal Fantasy (CA+AT) / The Mole (CA) / TM404 (SE) / Wajatta (Reggie Watts & John Tejada) (US)
Akiko Nakayama — Alive Painting (JP) / Aquaventure (CA/QC) / Auflassen (CA/QC) / Bendik Giske (NO) / Ben Shemie (CA/QC) / BYZ (US/QC) / Chloe Alexandra Thompson — Morié (CA/US) / CMD (CA/QC) / D.Tiffany — (dj set) (CA) / Deena Abdelwahed (TN/FR) / Desert Bloom (CA/QC) / Domenique Dumont (LV) / Drew McDowall & Florence To — Time Machines (UK) / Dust-E-1 (US/QC) / Ensemble d'oscillateurs (CA/QC) / Errhead (CA/QC) / Expansys (CA/QC) / fuse* presents Dökk (IT) / Gabriel Rei (CA/QC) / Hugues Clément — The Colour of the Rain (CA/QC) / Jonathan Scherk & Daniel Majer (CA) / Joni Void & Sonya Stefan — Mise en Abyme (CA/QC) / Kazuya Nagaya (JP) / Khotin (CA) / Lucas Paris — Emotional Synthesis (FR/QC) / Matmos (US) / Nelly-Eve Rajotte — Rückenfigur (CA/QC) / Nueve Vidas & Rimiyoho — Organismos Oníricos (MX) / Ohm Hourani — Jazz of the Machine (CA/QC) / Organ Mood (CA/QC) / Ouri (CA/QC) Overmono (UK) / Persuasion (US/QC) / Pick a Piper (CA) / Pōe (CA/QC) / Priori (CA/QC) / Quan — Quanalog system 1.0 (VN/QC) / Rashad Becker & Ena (DE+JP) / Slim Media Player (CA) / Stephanie Castonguay — Scanner Me, Darkly (CA/QC) / Steve Bates & Michaela Grill — Black Seas (CA/QC+AT) / Sutekh — (dj set) (US) / Tamayugé (CA/QC) / The Quark Model (IR/QC) / Tim Hecker & Konoyo Ensemble (CA+JP) / Tortues Vapeur (CA/QC) / Uji (AR) / V.ictor — Boréal (CA/QC) / Xavier Lebuis (CA/QC)
Launched in the year 2000, MUTEK was born at a time of transformational computational power—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.
In the spirit of celebrating this milestone, the festival extends to 6 days and nights—and integrates the professional forum IMG into the architecture of the week to enrich conversations and encounters with current technologically driven practices and philosophies. Building on last year’s gender parity and diversity initiatives, the Amplify project rejoins the program. Novel new venues and other special projects will be revealed in the coming weeks.
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—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. The ongoing emphasis on quality production and a trajectory of programming that encourages an immersive journey through genres and experiences in a human-scale environment, continues to distinguish MUTEK amongst its peers.
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. The 20th anniversary celebrates all of these network effects.