With an artist-centered approach the joint program explores new virtual playgrounds in order to overcome the current physical disconnection through the convergence of the two artistic communities of Japan and Mexico. For 5 continuous days MUTEK’s virtual festival platform will see more than 35 performances across 3 virtual stages, an interactive Gallery exhibiting more than 19 cutting-edge digital artworks from Mexico, Japan and around the globe, a series of lectures, talks and master classes in a virtual Digi Lab format, and a Listening Room with non-stop selections from the MUTEK network’s archives. The Mexican-Japanese core will be extended through the MUTEK Connect series, which provides space for collaborations with the global MUTEK branches and our international partners from Insomnia Festival and Ekko Festival in Norway, Club to Club in Italy and South Korea’s B39/PRECTXE festival.
The live program will be streamed on our virtual festival platform (virtual.mutek.org) between Wednesday, December 9 and Sunday, December 13, 2020. To make listening easier, each performance is premiered and then replayed according to Asian, European/African and American time zones.
In order to develop sustainable models rooted in renewing the appreciation and valuation for creative practice, which is aimed at benefiting local artistic communities, as well as our extended networks of technicians, freelancers, and cultural organizations, we ask for a contribution of $10 USD (approx. ¥1050) to access the full virtual festival experience. The virtual festival pass is included for everyone that already bought a ticket to MUTEK.JP's physical events at Stream Hall.
For people curious to get a glimpse of MUTEK’s virtual platform can dive into the archive of MUTEK Montréal Edition 21, which are available for free until the beginning of December at virtual.mutek.org
Two artistic communities in Mexico and Japan converge
The core program of the virtual festival activities revolves around the convergence of the two artistic communities of Mexico City and Tokyo. From Wednesday, December 9, to Sunday, December 13 the joint program of 22 performances will bring forward the crème de la crème of both cities for a feast of audiovisual performances, musical explorations and technological experiments. This includes the live streaming of the Tokyo performances taking place December 10 to 12 at Stream Hall.
傀儡神楽 ALTER the android KAGURA JP / Amnl Prnt & Valeria Vicente MX / CNDSD & Iván Abreu MX / Corey Fuller + Break Ensemble x Synichi Yamamoto US+JP / Daito Manabe JP / Edgar Mondragón & Erik López MX / Eiichi Sawado & Akiko Nakayama JP / Eiko Ishibashi & Jim O’Rourke JP+US / Isaac Soto & Federico Torres MX / Jiony & Sabme MX / Kafuka & Kezzardrix JP / Kyoka & Shohei Fujimoto JP / Le Fantom Onde MX / Mabe Fratti & Milena Pafundi GT/MX+AR / machìna KR/JP/ Maika Loubté JP / Neutral (Fumitake Tamura & AOKI Takamasa) JP / Nohbords & AA MX / Open Reel Ensemble JP / Pepe Mogt MX / Wasted Fates & FF MX / Yuri Urano & Manami Sakamoto JP
The second convergence point of the two festival editions is the virtual gallery space. The joint exhibition invites local and international artists, long-time MUTEK collaborators, as well as new kids on the block for a showcase of cutting-edge digital artworks critically re-imagining our digital futures in a post-pandemic world. Be prepared for an exploration of a number of pieces utilizing Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Interactivity, and Sonification as the immersive mediums of choice.
Ainslee Alem Robson ET/US / Akiko Yamashita JP — Where does water come from? / Alba G. Corral ES — By the Sea & Continuum / Alex Czetwertynski US — Vesica Pisces / Andy Martin MX — Moon / Elizabeth Ros RU — Ambrosian Flower / Florence To UK — ALUCIIN / Jorge Suaret MX — Digital painting / Kaoru Tanaka & Ikuko Morozumi JP — Tautology / Lucas Gutierrez & Robert Lippok AR/DE — Drawing From Memory / Marianela Fuentes MX — Tau / Omodaka JP — Synthetic Nature / Sabrina Ratté CA/QC — Aliquid / Taras Mashtalir RU — Mercury / Transgresorcorruptor & Ken-ichi Kawamura MX/JP — Sombra / Takuma Nakata JP — Slumbers Valley / THINK AND SENSE & Intercity-Express JP — Stillness / VAA MX — ETZNAB / Xochipeople RU/MX — Xochipilli 2.2
MUTEK Connecting with partners from around the world
MUTEK Connect is a unique opportunity to develop, experiment with, and evaluate a new model of digital interconnectivity based on the creative connections existing between Tokyo & Mexico City, the global MUTEK branches and our international collaborators at Insomnia Festival and Ekko Festival in Norway, Club to Club Festival in Torino, Italy, as well as the B39 artistic center and its associated festival, PRECTXE, in South Korea. Thanks to these fruitful partnerships the Connect series adds an artistic edge that without doubt equals the creative finesse of the Mexican-Japanese core program.
Alba G. Corral ES — By the Sea & Continuum / Balago ES / Bienoise x Allarme Rosso IT / Elina Waage Mikalsen & Ingrid Kristensen Bjørnaali NO / Francesco Tristano LU/ES — Pianorig Sessions / hm505 & VJ mentalny jeż US+PL / Lars Horntveth & The BIT20 Ensemble NO — Silencio & The Echo Bolero Stars / Mana & Nicole Neidert IT+SE — Mania / Moonshine CD/QC+CA/QC — SMS FOR LOCATION: Live edition / MURCOF & Sergi Palau MX/ES / Nelly-Eve Rajotte CA/QC / oOps.50656 KR — New Order of Parallax / Porto Porto! CA/QC / Qoa & Joaquina S. AR — Future Mythologies / RSBA KR / Super Heavy Metal NO / Tacobitch NO / Tarta Relena ES / Woochi KR — Cloudy
The ongoing effort of the Connect series to bring together artistic communities from around the world rooted in a commitment to diverse and inclusive programming is made possible only through the generous support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, Music Norway, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo, the European SHAPE platform, the We are Europe Association, the Japan Foundation, the British Council, Amplify D.A.I, ICEC (Generalitat de Catalunya), ICUB (Ayuntamiento Barcelona), and Estrella Damm.