"2009 represents MUTEK's 10th anniversary, marking the passing of a decade in which it's grown to become truly world-renowned - rivalling Barcelona's Sonar in terms of its line-up, but retaining a very intimate, community-based feel."
- Kiran Sande, FACT Magazine
MUTEK's 10th anniversary brings the organization to new heights. Festival attendance doubles to over 20,500 festivalgoers participating in the indoor programming. Over 68,000 people participate in both indoor and outdoor events. MUTEK's tourism record is also broken, with 56% of festivalgoers coming from outside of Montreal. This achievement is recognized by Tourisme Québec, who name MUTEK as winners of the provincial Grands Prix du Tourisme du Québec in the category "Festival and Touristic Events (Budget under $1M)".
190 artists and specialists from 23 different countries contribute to the 95 performances, projects and professional events during the MUTEK_10 festival, including Akufen, Alva Noto, Appleblim, Artificiel, Atom TM, Carl Craig, Deadbeat, dOP, Ernesto Ferreyra, Gas, Herman Kolgen, Jaki Liebzeit & Burnt Friedman, Lusine, Mala, Mike Shannon, Nick Bugayev, Nortec Collective (Bostich + Fussible), Ricardo Villalobos & Zip, Stefan Betke, Stephen Beaupré, The Modern Deep Left Quartet, Thomas Fehlmann, tobias., Trus'Me, Turzi Electronic Experience, Uwe Schmidt, and Zombie Zombie.
The festival also includes an inaugural series of outdoor audiovisual projects, Extra_Muros, that play with the urban landscape in 5 different locations in Montreal. Featured artists are AntiVJ, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Dominique Skoltz, and Amuse. A new venue is also incorporated into the festival, the Place des Arts, at the heart of Montreal's Quartier des Spectacles.
Prior to the festival, MUTEK launches its inaugural North American tour, with dates in 7 cities across Canada and the U.S. Kicking off the tour is a Fundraiser Gala in Montreal, the first such event thrown by MUTEK.
Internationally 2009 is a very busy year for MUTEK, starting in January with participation at Berlin's Club Transmediale Festival. September sees the start of a series of celebrations surrounding the 5th anniversary of MUTEK[AR] in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that continue through October and November. Several MUTEK events also take place in Chile and Mexico in October, most notably at the Cervantino festival in Guanajuato, Mexico, for which MUTEK programs 3 concerts and 2 installations that highlight the works of Canadian and Mexican artists. Following the success of MUTEK's programming at the Cervantino Festival, the two form a partnership that will see MUTEK return to curate a digital arts program for the Cervantino Festival for the coming years. In November MUTEK also throws an inaugural MUTEK soirée in Barcelona, Spain, the first of many MUTEK[ES] events to be held in the upcoming year.