The first edition of MUTEK is launched by Alain Mongeau, as part of his mandate as Director of New Media Programming at the Ex-Centris complex. Already functioning as Artistic Director for Montreal’s International Festival of New Cinema and New Media (FCMM), MUTEK is conceived originally as a complimentary platform to FCMM, designed to explore the intersection between sound, music and new media.
With a home base at the Ex-Centris complex, MUTEK 2000 also holds showcases in smaller venues like Café Campus and Laika.
The first line-up features 34 artists, with headliners like Byetone, Carsten Nicolai, Frank Bretschneider, Thomas Brinkmann, Pole, Signal, Taylor Deupree and Vladislav Delay, as well as label showcases by Mille Plateaux, ~scape, Raster-Noton, and Caipirihna, all appearing alongside Canadian talents like Akufen, Alexandre St-Onge, Deadbeat, Mitchell Akiyama, and Pheek.
Running from June 7th to the 11th, approximately 2000 people attend.