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MUTEK21 The Bionic Harpist par Bruno Destombes 002
May 4, 2021

Call for Proposals: Avatar-MUTEK Production Residency

Apply before May 23, 2021

After a first conclusive experience in 2020, Avatar and MUTEK are once again joining forces to propose the Avatar-MUTEK Production and Presentation Residency.

This call for proposals is addressed to artists of all origins, residing in Canada. The successful candidate will be hosted by Avatar in the City of Québec for a four-week production residency to create a performance piece using any form of technology (audiovisual works, experimental practices, audio art, modular synthesis, DIY practices, mapping, etc.).
Artists can choose to develop a new original work or pursue a work in progress. This residency includes the presentation of the finished work during the 22nd edition of the MUTEK festival, which will take place from August 24 to 29 in Montreal.

Deadline to apply:
May 23, 2021


Residency conditions offered by Avatar:

- Production fees: $2,200
- Accommodation (up to four weeks) and per diem for artists from outside the City of Québec
- Travel (up to $1,000)
- Technical support: 30 hours (pre-residency + residency)
- Access to Avatar studios and equipment
The four-week residency takes place from July 27 to August 24 (to be determined jointly between the artist and Avatar).
The artist may have access to Avatar’s satellite studios at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec and at the École des arts visuels de l'Université Laval.

Presentation conditions offered by MUTEK:

MUTEK offers optimal presentation conditions for artists. The exact venue and date of the performance will be determined by the programming team based on the work created. MUTEK will take place in Montreal from August 24 to 29, 2021.
The artist will receive a fee respecting the festival’s fee structure.
Transportation, accommodation and per diem are covered for artists from outside Montreal (duration depending on the date of the performance).
Each artist will receive a professional accreditation for the MUTEK Forum (August 24-29, 2021).

Artists must send a proposal including

- a bio or CV
- a project description
- examples of previous works (images, links, attached files)
by May 23, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. to artistique@avatarquebec.org.

Credits : The bionic harpist by Bruno Destombes at MUTEK Édition 21

About Avatar
Avatar is dedicated to the research, creation, circulation, and dissemination of audio and electronic artworks and artists. To support artistic practice, Avatar produces projects, invites artists, reflects on practices, and fosters new collaborations via a local and international network.
Located in the heart of Québec City, Avatar offers a venue for interactions and initiatives, explores new artistic territories, and facilitates access to equipment and specialized skills.
In North America, Avatar is a pioneer in research on audio and electronic arts.
At Avatar, sound creation covers a broad field of activities, ranging from the creation of listening devices, and the invention of musical instruments, to audio installation, including performance, radio art, and sound sculpture. Audio art crosses over the fields of music, visual arts, and poetry, opening itself to hybrid forms of audible performance, acoustic excavations, and environments. Avatar also takes part in the development of the programming of custom-made software and electronic interfaces, as well as interactive and kinetic installation systems, and telematic performances.

About MUTEK

MUTEK is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination and development of digital creativity in sound, music, and audio-visual art. Its mandate is to provide a platform for the most original and visionary artists currently working in their fields, with the intent of providing an outlet of initiation and discovery for the audiences we seek to develop.
MUTEK’s principal activity is the annual presentation of its namesake festival, which has taken place in Montreal since 2000. The festival is conceived as a space for discovery and encounters which encourages exchanges between the public and the artists. Strongly established in the Montréal community, the festival supports local artists while inviting spectators to discover the best of foreign creativity. In addition to musical and audiovisual performances of live electronic music as well as installations and digital works of art, the professional market MUTEK Forum offers conferences, workshops and discursive content related to creative, technological, social and societal issues, along with many networking opportunities. A MUTEK network exists today, with ramifications in North America, South America, Asia and Europe, which provides an essential platform to promote and explore wide-ranging artistic content, all the while reflecting a cultural effervescence that is both local and global.

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