Québec and Canadian Artists at MUTEK Argentina

Akufen, Alexandre Burton & Julien Roy (artificiel), France Jobin, Musique Nouvelle and more

September 10, 2018
Québec and Canadian Artists at MUTEK Argentina

Always an outward-looking, globally-tuned organization, MUTEK was initiated to connect Montréal with international creators and to encourage creativity at home by giving local artists a quality platform for expression and development. The festival’s commitments to networks, interconnectivity and exchange culminate in another strong showing by Canadian and Québec artists at MUTEK Argentina, September 13-16. 

Thanks to the support of Canada Council for the ArtsConseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Embassy of Canada in Argentina and Paraguay, a total of 14 artists will present 10 performances during the festival.

France Jobin, Line Katcho, Magnanime and Sabrina Ratté are also part of the AMPLIFY project led by the British Council. The AMPLIFY network first took place at the MUTEK Montréal festival, from August 20-26, 2018. Participating artists engage in a series of workshops, creative labs, performances and exhibitions, as part of the programming of MUTEK’s Keychange, dedicated to empowering women in digital arts and electronic music to enlighten, embolden and contribute to the current cultural shift around inclusivity and gender issues.

Throughout 2018-2019, many of the artists and curators participating in the AMPLIFY program will embark on a transcontinental circulation that will continue in Buenos Aires and Mexico City, finally reconnecting in the UK at Somerset House Studios.
 

Akufen 

A native Montrealer who had spent the 80s and 90s engaged in the fervent experimental music community of this city, Marc Leclair began to gain notoriety during the first edition of MUTEK in 2000 when one of this singles found its way into the hands of Germany’s Thomas Brinkmann. Brinkmann noticed correctly that Leclair’s style had evolved into something utterly distinct, a cut-up, micro-sampled approach to house music that recalled the work of Matthew Herbert as it did the abstraction of Leclair’s homegrown influence, the painter Jean-Paul Riopelle. 

➤ Akufen Live

Alexandre Burton & Julien Roy (artificiel) — Three Pieces With Titles

Who: Alexandre Burton and Julien Roy, co-founders of Montréal-based digital creation studio, artificiel
Style: Immersive audiovisual installations and performances, electroacoustic compositions, custom-built software and hardware

A MUTEK commission developed with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du QuébecThree Pieces With Titles relies on a new, souped-up, extreme real-time, audiovisual instrument that merges cameras, synthesizers, acoustic instruments, computers, and video projectors. The “three pieces” refer to three distinct movements: the image controls the sound (photographs trigger a camera plus a computer system linked to audio); the sound controls the image (an instrument triggers a camera plus computer system linked to photographs); and the sound is the image is the sound (colour turns into sound, acoustic vibration changes the colour and vice-versa).

➤ Read the interview with MUTEK Mag  

artificiel — Trois Pièces avec des Titres à MUTEK.MX 2017 

France Jobin — Intrication

France Jobin is a sound / installation / artist, composer and curator residing in Montreal, Canada. Her audio art can be qualified as "sound-sculpture", revealing a minimalist approach to complex sound environments where analog and digital intersect. Her installations express a parallel path, incorporating both musical and visual elements inspired by the architecture of physical spaces. Her works can be “experienced” in a variety of unconventional spaces and new technology festivals across Canada, the United States, South America, South Africa, Europe and Japan. 

➤ France Jobin live at MUTEK 2014

Line Katcho — Sémaphore and Simulacre

Who: Montréal-based video artist Line Katcho, also known as La Hyèna
Style: Minimal analog soundscapes in transformation, intense abstract visual environments fluidly bonded to sound

With meticulous attention to detail, Line Katcho hybridizes styles, genres and applied tech methods to craft prismatic, enveloping electroacoustic-techno compositions and visual landscapes. 

Immortelle Teaser

Line Katcho — Immortelle à MUTEK 2018

Magnanime

Who: Montréal musician and producer Sara Magnan
Style: Experimental tech house, IDM meets musique concrète, psychedelic dancefloor grooves

Magnanime creates a techno-house hybrid rife with experimental nuances, embracing mistakes of technology and recycling odd noises into her perpetually evolving, beat driven repertoire. Live, her forward thinking production process and enthusiasm for listener’s reactions shines, aware of her environment she manifests a dance music experience that is always an exchange with the audience. 

➤ Magnanime live at MUTEK 2016

Matt Thibideau & Markus Heckmann

Who: Toronto-based producer Matt Thibideau and German-born, Toronto-based visual artist Markus Heckmann (also known as Wüstenarchitekten)
Style: Deep, dubby atmospheres and motorik movement, bent vintage synths; video signal analyzing experiments, layered abstract geometries.

➤ Timbre live at MUTEK 2017

Musique Nouvelle (aka Simon Chioini & Félix Gourd)

Who: Montréal-based composer and producer Simon Chioini, also known as SC, Chioini and DJ Voilà and Montréal-based 3D visual artist, VJ and scenographer known as Félix Félix Gourd Gourd
Style: Percussion-driven electroacoustic techno, experimental acousmatic compositions; 3D expérimentations, dreamlike worlds and abstract geometry

Bolstered by a community of harmoniously experimental artists in Montréal, Simon Chioini creates a hybrid of new music compositions and genre fusing underground club sounds – acoustic instrumental flourishes and synth waves layered in syncopated rhythms and unexpected distortions. After completing a degree at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Félix Gourd changed his practice towards visual production. His versatility has lead him to work with many local musicians, as well as international pop stars Britney Spears and Selena Gomez, alongside his established collaboration with Simon Chioini.

➤ Listen to Simon Chioini's 2016 live set here

Myriam Bleau — Soft Revolvers

Who: Montréal composer, digital artist and performer Myriam Bleau
Style: Physical A/V performances and art installations connecting gesture with sound and physical with virtual, artist-designed instruments

Sabrina Ratté & Roger Tellier-Craig

Who: Montréal and Paris-based video artist Sabrina Ratté, one half of audiovisual duo Le Révélateur with Roger Tellier-Craig
Style: Abstract sci-fi video architectures, hypnotic virtual parallel worlds, electric glitches within colourful fluid forms

Ratté performs Machine for Living, an immersive project combining video, sculpture and live performance alongside a soundtrack by Roger Tellier-Craig. Machine for Living investigates the 1960s architecture of towns and brutalist habitation buildings outside Paris, combining documentation and abstraction in utopian and dystopian atmospheres.

➤ Le Révélateur — Fakeaway Haptics

Vincent Lemieux

Lemieux has toured the world as an ambassador for Montreal’s distinctive brand of micro-house. As the official MUTEK DJ, his sets have been a staple of festival showcase from China to Paris to Berlin and back. His DJing skills have found fervent 
followers all over the world. Since 2005, Lemieux has been expanding into music production through collaborations with Guillaume Coutu-Dumont (as Flabbergast) and Stephen Beaupré (as Brandy Snifter).
 
 

Consult the full MUTEK.AR program here


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

This initiative was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Embassy of Canada in Argentina and Paraguay.

AMPLIFY is led by the British Council, MUTEK festival and Somerset House Studios. In Buenos Aires, Amplify is supported by SKYY Vodka.

            

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