MUTEK 2012 completes line-up with special showcases, daytime and kids programming
CineChamber, Experience, MUTEK_Lab, and Digi_Section series added, as well as kids theatre troupe Carton Park
May 09, 2012
From the avant-garde frontiers of audio-visual experimentation to the communal thrills of festive nightlife, the thirteenth edition of MUTEK, which runs from May 30 to June 3rd, is just around the corner! The festival builds upon its well-known five-day trajectory to deliver the most exclusive performances in electronic music and digital creativity. This year, we offer three world premieres, fourteen North American premieres, and ten Canadian premieres, many of them by artists who have only collaborated together a handful of times in the past. That fact alone, coupled with news that the festival will be taking over new venues for both daytime and nighttime events, reaffirms that the festival is, now more than ever, intimately woven into the city’s cultural fabric and public spheres. From May 30 to June 3rd, digital culture aficionados, industry professionals, inquisitive minds, and families alike are invited to take full advantage of the cutting-edge digital playground that is MUTEK.
MUTEK has already announced the full breadth of its main showcases – the A/VISIONS, NOCTURNE, and PLAY series of indoor performances – that spread out across the festival’s many venues. Among them, its current offices at the Society for Arts & Technology (1201 St. Laurent Blvd.), that same building’s new planetarium-style dome, the Satosphere, as well as the festival headquarters at Monument-National (1182 St. Laurent Blvd.), and the Métropolis (51 Ste. Catherine E.). Some of the most anticipated names performing at this year’s fest include JEFF MILLS [US], NICOLAS JAAR [US/CL], KODE 9 [UK], MONOLAKE [DE], SHACKLETON [UK], APPARAT BAND [DE], FARBEN [DE], A GUY CALLED GERALD [UK], MINILOGUE vs. MATHEW JONSON [SE/CA], WOLF+LAMB [US], and a special performance by drone mavens TIM HECKER [CA] and STEPHEN O’MALLEY [US] at the St. James United Church, co-presented by Resident Advisor.
MUTEK 2012 is now proud to reveal new details about the wealth of activities and experiences on the bill for the festival’s thirteenth edition.
Large-scale projections in the heart of the city and a series of events at place de la Paix
MUTEK 2012 kicks off at Place de la Paix, the park across from Monument-National, with its outdoor EXPERIENCE series – free happy-hour gatherings presented by Bande à Part from Wednesday, May 30 to Friday, June 1st, from 5pm to 8pm. These performances will best be appreciated while savouring the gourmet three-course menu (appetizer, main course, dessert) whipped up by the Society for Arts and Technology’s own Foodlab, an open-kitchen laboratory for culinary creation. Thanks to festival partner Red Bull Music Academy, the EXPERIENCE series will carry on into the weekend, with another free showcase on Saturday, June 2nd, as of 2pm, featuring Bulgaria’s KINK and Germany’s JACOB KORN as well as three talented Canadian producers – Toronto’s BASIC SOUL UNIT, Victoria’s DANUEL TATE, and one of Quebec’s most emblematic and recognizable faces, the crowd-pleasing DJ CHAMPION, who’s bracing attendees for a set of dark, percussive techno.
Also on the all-inclusive festival bill, from May 17 to June 3rd, the Quartier des spectacles will become an open-air laboratory for the digital arts, with the façades of eight major locations transformed into canvases for the work of artists from here and abroad. As part of the International Digital Arts Biennial, this PARCOURS NUMÉRIQUE is presented by the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles in collaboration with MUTEK and Elektra. The eight free-admission, large-scale, playful projections on view will be MINDWIND (HERMAN KOLGEN, BANQ library); BY MEANS OF A SIGH (JEAN DUBOIS & CHLOÉ LEFEBVRE, Vitrine Place des arts); BLA BLA, presented by the National Film Board of Canada, (VINCENT MORISSET, St. Laurent metro); EPIPHANEIA (by Turkish artist REFIK ANADOL, Centre de Design de l’UQÀM); 21 OBSTACLES (DAILY TOUS LES JOURS, UQÀM’s President-Kennedy Pavilion); THINGS/CHOSES (BAILLAT CARDELL & FILS and IREGULAR Place de la Paix); TEMPÊTE (YAN BREULEUX, corner Bleury and Ste. Catherine); PROJET [ O - I - I ] (EX NIHILO, Place Émilie-Gamelin). These participatory, state-of-the-art audio-visual experiences are intended for all and truly underscore Montreal’s urban potential.
MUTEK rekindles with its very first venue for trailblazing 10-screen installation series
For its thirteenth edition, MUTEK didn’t skimp on the novelty or surprise factor. Case in point: the festival is relishing its return to the venue of its inception, Excentris, for the North American festival debut of CINECHAMBER, from May 22nd to June 3rd. Developed by Recombinant Media Labs, it is a 10-screen installation lab site for trailblazing panoramic performance. Presented with the support of the Daniel Langlois Foundation, this immersive space will feature numerous playback and live performance programs, under the artistic direction of Naut Humon and tech-operations directors Vance Galloway and Barry Threw. Divided into five screening blocks, the projections are grouped together as CINECHAMBER CLASSICS, SYNESCOPIC, PANORAMA PARANORMAL, SPATIAL CINEMA, and AURAL OPTIC.
The LIVE IN THE CINECHAMBER series will find several of the festival’s performers and a handful of guests presenting special live performances: ATHEUS [CA] and BIOSPHERE & EGBERT MITTELSTADT [NO/DE] (May 26 & 27 at 9pm); MARSEN JULES [DE] and RROSE [US] (May 29 at 9pm); BIOSPHERE & EGBERT MITTELSTADT [NO/DE] (June 2nd at 1pm and 2:30pm); EDWIN VAN DER HEIDE [NL] and ROBIN FOX [AU] (June 2nd at 4:30pm and 6pm); ARTIFICIEL [CA] (June 3 at 1pm); HYENA HIVE & KARL LEMIEUX [CA] (June 3 at 7pm); MARYANNE AMACHER [US] (June 3 at 9pm).
MUTEK taps into carefree child’s play to get kids’ attention
Another great addition to the 2012 line-up, MUTEK is proud to announce its very first program intended for a family audience, with a particular emphasis on kids aged 5 and up. Presented thanks to the support of the Institut Français and the Consulat général de France à Québec, in collaboration with Fatboy and the Monument-National, CARTON PARK is the collaboration between GANGPOL & MIT and JUICY PANIC, two groups that journey within intersecting universes, blending pop and electronics, music and graphics. Together, they’ll present HISTOIRE NATURELLE, the story of an amnesiac who unwittingly wakes up in a world devoid of human presence. A funny and quirky multimedia concert where electro-hybrid music and graphic arts come together to enchant both young and old. Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd at 2pm and 4:30pm (presented in French only).
Ben Shemie: A singular radiophonic experience
MUTEK is also thrilled to announce the addition of BEN SHEMIE to its A/VISIONS program. The SUUNS frontman and classical composer presents TRANSMISSION 1, a piece composed for two radio stations. It features spoken French and English and an array of acoustic and electronic instruments. We will simulcast the two parts of TRANSMISSION 1 on CIBL 101.5 FM and CKUT 90.3 FM respectively (A/VISIONS 2, May 31st at 8pm, Monument-National) and the piece can only truly be experienced by tuning in to both FM radios. A unique public performance and a uniquely Montreal experience.
Scratching beyond the surface with MUTEK_LAB and DIGI_SECTION
What’s more, the festival will be expanding its event calendar with the MUTEK_LAB, from May 28 to 30 at the PHI Centre, a brand new multidisciplinary arts complex located in the heart of Old Montreal (407 St. Pierre). Host of TOOLS FOR AN UNKNOWN FUTURE, a three-day international symposium co-presented by ICAS (International Cities for Advanced Sound and related arts), in collaboration with Infopresse, this MUTEK gathering features a mix of keynotes, panels, presentations, and case studies by key local, national and international cultural players. The symposium, which runs free of charge from 9am to 5:30pm daily, aims to elaborate a cohesive view of the current trends within groundbreaking artistic mediums. Themes that will be explored at this symposium, geared toward professionals, established and fledgling artists, and curious festivalgoers alike, include: Cultural festivals and events as laboratories (May 28); Bridging cultural sectors and different media and enabling citizen innovation (May 28); Ubiquitous art and music (May 29); The future of culture (May 29); The rise of creative cities (May 30); Connecting cities – Visions of an urban identity (May 30).
Another daytime program that offers a wealth of opportunities for artist meetings, panels, workshops, presentations, and onstage interviews is DIGI_SECTION, presented by MOOG from Thursday, May 31st to Saturday, June 2nd.This section invites the public to delve with greater depth into contemporary digital arts. Among DIGI_SECTION’s crop of onstage artists interviews, which take place at the Monument-National Balustrade, will be KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN [US], NICOLAS JAAR [CL/US], A GUY CALLED GERALD [UK], ROLY PORTER [UK], DENIZ KURTEL [US], and PAUL WHITE [UK]. The DIGI_Section panels, taking place at the Monument-National Café, will explore a number of pertinent issues underlying art, creativity, and careers in the digital arts domain. MUTEK’s DIGI_SECTION workshops and presentations bring together the advancements from the worlds of software and computing, and pair them with special classes offered by artists.
MUTEK adds rhythm & beats to Montreal’s urban transport networks
For the first time, the MUTEK experience is put on the map, so to speak, in the heart of the city’s urban transit networks, offering novel ways to take in the festival’s quality line-up. As of May 22nd, AUDIOSPHERE transforms Montreal’s bus network with its iPhone application, presented by the STM, developed by MUTEK and 2XM, in collaboration with Montreal artist MONTAG, and which proposes a rich, rhythmic soundtrack to commuters. Patrons will be privy to both original compositions and mixes by many local musicians, which change according to the route commuters choose around the city. This completely novel experience allows them to enjoy a revamped ride on bus routes 50, 80, 18, 24, and 164.
MUTEK will also take over the mezzanine-level platform of BERRI-UQAM metro, the hub of all activity in Montreal’s subway system, for MÉTRO_ARTS, which proposes three multifaceted musical interludes during dense rush hour traffic. From Wednesday, May 30 to Friday, June 1st as of 5pm, THE GULF STREAM (May 30), MICHEL PLAMONDON (May 31st), and KENLO (June 1st) will greet in-the-know festivalgoers and unsuspecting commuters with electronic concoctions. These exciting local talents will brace themselves for the inquisitive looks of a bewildered and amused public, as they perform in a most unusual space.
MUTEK will spread out across the city like never before, bolstering its accessibility thanks to new technologies. Soon, the festival will also carry on in your pocket, via its very own iPhone application, where users will find the full range of content to experience the festival to the fullest: the latest published pieces in its MUTEK MAG, MUTEK TV, and MUTEK FM components, all found online at MUTEK.ORG.
Individual tickets and MUTEK day passes (which don’t include CineChamber and Carton Park) are now on sale here. The five-day passports, weekend and weekend light passes are on sale for $260 (+ taxes & service charges), $135 (+ taxes and service charges), and $90 (+ taxes and service charges), respectively. The Carton Park shows are $15 (taxes included) and the CineChamber Live performances are $15 (+ taxes & service charges), while the CineChamber projections are $12 (+ taxes & service charges).
POINTS OF SALE:
Atom Heart: 364 Sherbrooke St. E. – St. Laurent metro
Off the Hook: 1021 Ste-Catherine St. W. – Peel metro
Cheap Thrills : 2044 Metcalfe St. – Peel metro
MUTEK Info line: 514-233-2919