“The third presentation of Montréal’s MUTEK from May 29 to June 2, 2002, convincingly argued for its stature as the preeminent experimental electronic music festival in North America, one that rivals Sonar as an overarching barometer of electronica in its ever-mutating state.”
More international in scope, the 2002 edition features over 50 artists as diverse as Agf, Atom, Bola, Farben, Felix Kubin, Hakan Libdo, Janek Schaefer, Luomo, Murcof, Snd and Stephan Mathieu, as well as label showcases from Playhouse, Klang, and Orthlorng Musork. Canadian acts include Dioxyde (who will later become Skoltz_Kolgen), Ensemble, Lowfish, Pan/Tone, Solvent, Steve Beaupre, Vitaminsforyou and Vromb.
INTER_SECTION, MUTEK’s daytime professional section, which includes panel discussions, installations, and film screenings, is added to the program.
Attendance is also on the rise; attendance tops 7 000. To accommodate its increasingly growing public, the festival hosts line-ups at the Metropolis for the first time, which rounds out the Ex-Centris, the SAT, and the Goethe Institute in the circuit of showcasing venues.
MUTEK launches its first events outside Canada, accepting an invitation to host a night at Berlin’s Club Transmediale festival. MUTEK also ventures into South America with a two-day event in Sao Paulo, Brazil.