MUTEK takes Mexico by Storm

Events to run all through October 2009

October 01, 2009
MUTEK takes Mexico by Storm


As you all know, MUTEK already has an impressive track record in Mexico. Over the last 5 years we've seen 5 editions of the MUTEK.MX festival and several other satellite events thanks to the dedicated efforts of the MUTEK.MX team.

With the MUTEK.MX festival taking a break this year in favour of individual events and showcases, MUTEK took on a major involvement in the Cervantino festival in Guanajuato, which runs October 14th to November 1, 2009.

With a reputation as the most important artistic event in Latin America, the CERVANTINO FESTIVAL is also one of the world's largest multidisciplinary festivals, reuniting more than 2000 artists from over 30 countries to present a showcase of arts and culture ranging from music, theatre, dance and cinema to academic and professional activities. The 37th edition features Quebec as its invited guest of honour, with MUTEK programming no less that 5 events featuring 2 installations and 9 acts: a selection of projects that serve to illustrate the diversity and know-how of artists working in the digital and electronic arts today.

To begin, two Montreal duos will take turns presenting multimedia installations at the Chávez Morado Gallery. During the first week, SKOLTZ_KOLGEN will present their EPIDERM project, an immersive performance that explores that explores an infinitesimally small, fictitious world through a nano optic canal. ARTIFICIEL take over for the second week, presenting their project, CONDEMNED_BULBES, an installation of large, incandescent light bulbs that together create a choir of raw electricity.

With the PIKNIC program, presented at Los Pastitos, MUTEK puts forth one of the formulas (developed with the Piknic Electronik team) that has contributed to its success in Montreal over the past several years; an event that invites everyone from families to seasoned partygoers to enjoy quality electronic music outdoors. During this event the Cervantino public will be able to enjoy the "crème de la crème" of Montreal's electronic artists, with live sets by the famed AKUFEN, GUILLAUME & THE COUTU DUMONTS and STEPHEN BEAUPRÉ along with a special DJ appearance of co-curator VINCENT LEMIEUX. As a preview to the PIKNIC program, these same artists will be performing in Mexico City on October 15th, 2009 thanks to the MUTEK.MX team, and AKUFEN will be bringing his live act to Santiago Chile on October 9, 2009 courtesy of MUTEK.CL.

To illustrate the level of international exchanges that never cease to continue between artists working in the MUTEK fold, MUTEK has also thought to unite Mexican and Quebecois creators. The result, a high-calibre encounter between Mexican musician MURCOF (Tijuana) and two visual artists from the GEODEZIK production company (Montreal) with whom MUTEK has collaborated many times, JIMMY LAKATOS and NOMIG., specialists in video-scenography. Presented at the Templo de la Compañía.

To wrap-up MUTEK's programming, MODESELEKTOR, frequent collaborators and favourites of the MUTEK audience, bring their grandiose act to the Explanada de la Alhóndiga de Granaditas. Their headliner show at MUTEK 2007 in Montreal was declared show of the year by numerous media in Montreal, and their spectacular showing at MUTEK_10 only reinforced the monumental aura surrounding their live performances. A program full of all beats eclectic, this event opens with Montreal's own GHISLAIN POIRIER.

Information for upcoming MUTEK.MX events can be found on the MUTEK.MX Myspace page (link) as well as at The full Cervantino festival program can be found on the Cervantino festival's website.


MUTEK Latin American Season 2009 - Events Breakdown:

Saturday October 3 - Mar del Plata / Argentina
TRImarchi Graphic Design Festival and MUTEK [AR] present:
AKUFEN [CA] live, FASE [AR] live, FRANCO CINELLI [AR] + more artists
Buenas Noches, midnight

Tuesday/Wednesday October 6 + 7 – Buenos Aires / Argentina
PANORAMICA and MUTEK [AR] present: HERMAN KOLGEN [CA] audiovisual workshop
Espacio Fundacion Telefonica, 6 pm

Friday October 9 – Santiago / Chile
AKUFEN [CA] live, CACO MARSHALL & FANTASNA [CL] live, + more artists
La Unidad, 10 pm

Saturday October 10 – Buenos Aires / Argentina
PANORAMICA and MUTEK [AR] present:
HERMAN KOLGEN [CA] – “IN/JECT” live A/V performance
Espacio Fundacion Telefonica, 7:30 pm

Sunday October 11 – Buenos Aires / Argentina
AKUFEN [CA] live, CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO [AR] live + more artists
Niceto Club, midnight 

Wednesday October 14 to Tuesday October 20 - Cervantino / Guanajuato, Mexico
Skoltz_Kolgen [CA] present “Epiderm[installation]
Chávez Morado Gallery

Friday October 16 - Mexico.DF / Mexico
Akufen [CA] live, Stephen Beaupré [CA] live, Guillaume Coutu-Dumont [CA] live, Vincent Lemieux [CA]
Pasaje America, 10 pm

Friday October 16 – Buenos Aires / Argentina
LIMb0 concerts presents:
Alliance Française auditorium, 8 pm

Sunday October 18 - Cervantino / Guanajuato, Mexico
MUTEK Piknic
Akufen [CA] live, Stephen Beaupré [CA] live, Guillaume Coutu-Dumont [CA] live, Vincent Lemieux [CA]
Los Pastitos, 1 pm

Thursday October 22 - Cervantino / Guanajuato, Mexico
Murcof [MX] / Geodezik + NomIg [CA] – live A/V performance
Templo de la Compañía, 5 pm

Saturday October 24 to Monday, November 1 - Cervantino / Guanajuato, Mexico
Artificiel [CA] present “Condemned Bulbes” [installation]
Chávez Morado Gallery

Friday October 30 - Cervantino / Guanajuato, Mexico
Ghislain Poirier [CA] live, Modeselektor + Pfadfinderei [DE] live
Explanada de la Alhóndiga de Granaditas, 8 pm

Saturday November 14 – Buenos Aires / Argentina
MATHIAS KADEN [DE] live, T. RAUMSCHMIERE [DE] live, QZEN [US] live + more artists
Niceto Club, midnight

Friday November 20 – Buenos Aires / Argentina
LIMb0 concerts presents:
Alliance Française auditorium, 8 pm

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