MUTEK.JP's 6th Edition will take place over five days from 8 to 12 December in Tokyo.
The 6th Edition of MUTEK.JP returns to Tokyo from Wednesday, December 8 to Sunday, December 12, 2021. Over the course of 5 days, this year’s edition will explore the latest in audiovisual creation across the Miraikan Dome Theater, LINE CUBE SHIBUYA, and Shibuya Stream Hall.
Last year’s 5th anniversary edition, which took place in a hybrid event format with a focus on local talent, featured a limited live audience accompanied by a strong virtual presence. For 2021, MUTEK.JP is returning to the physical realm in full force by extending the length of the festival and the size and range of venues to its 2019 format, while maintaining adequate health measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The 2021 edition will create a space where we invite our audiences to gather in a safe manner and return to the joy of experiencing live music and audiovisual performances.
This year's festival is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal year 2021 aimed at building and promoting Japanese culture and arts through creating economic value and enhancing international communication and collaboration. In this spirit, up-and-coming artists will be joined by veterans to present an array of innovative artistic works ranging from music and audiovisual performances to digital and media art, as well as an extensive talk program exploring new visions and forms of expressions.
12/08 - A/Visions 1
Miraikan Dome Theater
A/Visions 1 is a two-part program , which will present immersive experiences and performances at the Miraikan Dome Theatre on December 8.
The first part of the program will feature the following five audiovisual works curated by the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT], an arts centre based in Montreal, Canada. The works selected for this exclusive event represent various avenues explored by artists whose work is strongly grounded in performance based electronic music and interactive workflows, exploring new narratives with a critical yet informed look on digital technologies.
Axel Helios CA/QC— Drichtel / Baron Lanteigne & Bobby Tank CA+UK— Anthologie / Desaxismundi & Terminal Wolf CA/QC— Inertia / Past Video & Deathvox CZ+DK— C0R3-C0LL4PS3 / susy.technology CA/QC — Indivisible
Following the first part of the program, the second part will feature a special live performance of the immersive audiovisual work "Noesis" by Synichi Yamamoto + Seiichi Sega & Intercity-Express, which was selected as a Jury Recommended Work at the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival. For the 2021 MUTEK.JP Edition the artists will present an updated live version with 4K stereoscopic view and 8.1ch sound, optimized for the newly renovated "Dome Theater Gaia" at Miraikan.
Synichi Yamamoto + Seiichi Sega & Intercity-Express JP — Noesis (2021 version) - Live
12/09 - A/Visions 2
LINE CUBE SHIBUYA
The second day of the festival will see MUTEK.JP’s return to the large-scale theatre venue LINE CUBE SHIBUYA. The A/Visions 2 program will transcend performing arts and musical concerts with musician Marihiko Hara presenting a special live performance joining the piano, synthesizers, a string ensemble alongside the Persian instrument santur. Hara, who most recently presented his work at the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, will be joined by visual artist and programmer Ryo Shiraki.
The opening performance will see the media arts performance "あらゆる人のための、誰のためでもない世界 / A World for Everyone and No One" by the Kyoto-based Antibodies Collective, which is led by dancer Yoko Higashino and contemporary musician Toshio Kajiwara. The performance was originally premiered in a giant factory space on Awajishima by the Collective.
Marihiko Hara & Ryo Shiraki JP(Cb: Hiroki Chiba, Vn: Anzu Suhara, Vc: Masabumi Sekiguchi, Vc: Yumiko Iwao, Santur: Kazune Iwasaki) / Antibodies Collective JP — あらゆる人のための、誰のためでもない世界
12/10 to 12 - Nocturne 1 to 3
Shibuya Stream Hall
Building the core of the MUTEK.JP festival, the Nocturne series will take place over the course of 3 days at Shibuya Stream Hall.
Nocturne 1 on Friday, December 10, will see a series of three world premieres. To begin with electronic musician Saskia will be joined by Butoh dancer Kana Kitty and Yumi Sagara, as well as lighting artist Hitoshi Sato to present their multidisciplinary performance “LOWE”. Following MUTEK.JP mainstay Lemna will be joined by animation artist and painter Kaori Yasunaga for a truly cinematic audiovisual journey. Topping off the day will be the premiere of the immersive sound experience “FLOW” by Wata Igarashi, performed on an 8.2ch soundscape system provided by d&b audiotechnik. Completing the lineup will be audiovisual artist JACKSON kaki performing with Virtual Reality.
Nocturne 2 on Saturday, December 11, will set out with a special collaboration between MUTEK.JP and the Tokyo Developers Study Weekend, presenting two cutting-edge audiovisual performances by Masayuki Azegami & komakinex and dhrma & Yuki Ishida. Following famed underground musician Koshiro Hino will present his solo project YPY. Closing the night will be rising star NTsKi, who just released her debut album “Orca”, joined by visual artist Saeko Ehara.
Nocturne 3 on Sunday, December 12, will see the return of MUTEK.JP mainstay Akiko Kiyama as Aalko, exploring the more experimental sides of her musical works. The night will open with an audiovisual collaboration between ambient musician Chihei Hatakeyama and media artist Seiichi Sega, followed by a multi-instrumental journey by composer and vibraphone/marimba artist Masayoshi Fujita, who just released his most recent album “Bird Ambience” exploring elements of electronic dub. Completing the Sunday lineup will be underground legend Phew well known for her experimental noise explorations.
Saskia, Kana Kitty & Yumi Sagara, Hitoshi Sato JP — ロウ / Lemna & Kaori Yasunaga JP / Wata Igarashi JP — Flow / YPY JP / NTsKi & Saeko Ehara JP / Masayuki Azegami & komakinex JP / dhrma & Yuki Ishida JP / YPY JP / Aalko aka Akiko Kiyama JP/ Chihei Hatakeyama & Seiichi Sega JP / / Masayoshi Fujita JP / Phew JP
Watch out for our upcoming announcement at the end of November, which gives more details on the virtual extension of the festival on virtual.mutek.org including digital art galleries and international collaborations in the Connect program, as well as our conference program and our all-nighter.