Québec and Canadian Artists at MUTEK Barcelona

Aquarian, Nicolas Bernier, Deadbeat and D.Tiffany

February 14, 2020
Québec and Canadian Artists at MUTEK Barcelona

MUTEK has been contributing for years to the support of the Québec and Canadian art scene internationally.
Thanks to its networks present in several countries, MUTEK allows local artists to export around the world.
MUTEK Barcelona Edition 11 will be held from March 4 to 7 in the Catalan capital and will welcome 4 Québec and Candian artists thanks to the support of the Canadian Embassy in Spain and the Quebec Office in Barcelona:

Aquarian

Canadian born artist Aquarian has made a name for himself for his blend of transatlantic sound, influenced by old school jungle, UK grime and Drexcyian electro. Currently based in Berlin (after a stop in NYC) he broke out back in 2012 with a trio of records and has since released through his own culinary-rave imprint, Hanger Management. Aquarian makes his full-length album debut in 2020 with The Snake That Eats Itself on Bedouin Records. The record is his first solo release since his 2016 experimental mixtape for Quiet Time
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Nicolas Bernier présente Frequences (light quanta)  

Festival Inauguration 

Frequencies (light quanta) is an installation of 100 aleatoric sound and light fragments generating tridimensional patterns by superimposing 100 transparent laser cut acrylic panels. Taking the quantum —the smallest measurable value of energy— as it´s conceptual basis, the project explores the metaphorical relationships between basic quantum physics principles applied to the audiovisual creative process: particles, probabilities, wave/particle duality and discontinuity. Structured around these notions, the audio-visual composition stems from 100 sound and light fragments that develop themselves organically, generating an ever expending but yet disruptive form in time and space. 

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Deadbeat CA/QC

Best known by his Deadbeat moniker, Monteith spent a few years sharpening his focus in Montréal before taking up residence in Berlin. Since the early aughts, he has produced countless EPs as well as ten studio albums of dub-laden, minimal electronics for standout labels such as Echocord and Wagon Repair. He’s also founded his own BLKRTZ imprint, in a move inspired by his past experiences with community-minded labels like ~scape.
Extremely tight quality control, astonishing sound design and adventurous digital production techniques have made him a household name in the areas of techno and dub-inflected electronic music. On his latest full length, 2018’s Wax Poetic For This Our Great Resolve, Deadbeat gets political, crafting expansive, dubwise rhythms around anti-Trump “monologues of hope” from 17 different contributors.
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D. Tiffany CA/QC

D. Tiffany a grandit dans les banlieues de White Rock en Colombie Britannique et déménage dans le Chinatown de Vancouver autour de la période où elle publie sa première cassette sur 1080p, délicieux opus de house ouatée. Peu après, elle assemble des morceaux à base de guitare atmosphérique pour ce qui deviendra le projet Ambien Baby; projet initialement plus ambient qui voit bourgeonner des facettes plus rythmiques suite à son association avec l'artiste NAP. Afin de tenter de survivre en tant qu'artiste dans l'une des villes les plus chères au monde, Sweetland convertit son espace de vie en espace évènementiel : Sweet Pup Studios, lieu prisé par les fêtards pour sa programmation nocturne de qualité jusqu'au jour où les autorités locales en décident malheureusement autrement. En parallèle de ces péripéties, les collaborations créatives continuent. Son projet Plush Throw, mis sur pied avec l'artiste vancouveroise regularfantasy, fait habilement cohabiter sucreries synthétiques façon côte ouest avec des courants sous-marins beaucoup plus inquiétants. Sweetland prend ensuite la direction de Melbourne, où son amitié avec Rosa Terenzi engendre plusieurs remixes et EPs joints combinant electro ludique et breakbeat à des immersions plus ambient. 2018 marque par ailleurs les débuts de Sweetland comme programmatrice et co-programmatrice de 2 labels : Planet Euphorique qu'elle dévoue particulièrement au breakbeats et XPQ?, co-orchestré avec Uon.
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Presented with the support of the Embassy of Canada in Spain and the Bureau du Québec à Barcelone.
             

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