Thursday, October 7, 2010



After much consultation and deliberation, we are pleased to announce the dates for MUTEK's 12th edition. With the Formula 1 Grand Prix's dates now officially falling a week later than originally announced, we are able to maintain our current slot on the international festival circuit for our next edition. Mark your calendars - MUTEK returns to Montreal June 1 to 5, 2011!

We truly appreciate the volume of responses and the time taken to share your point of view with us in this matter. All of your comments were carefully weighed and considered in our deliberations, and despite the fact that we will be holding onto our customary dates next year we feel that your input has given us an update of the issues and realities that concern our public.

We are already at work crafting the 12th edition, and are truly excited about the upcoming year and the changes it brings. Housing nearly all of MUTEK's venues, the Quartier des Spectacles district will have advanced in its construction and renovations by the next edition - blocks and buildings that are currently torn and boarded-up will give way to more welcoming and dynamic spaces in which to integrate our presentations and activities during the festival. The Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), one of MUTEK's longest-standing partners, will also have opened its doors to its newly-renovated facilities, including a whole extra floor hosting a restaurant, and a rooftop dome for 360 degree immersive video installations (click here for photos of SAT's renovation projects).

These new spaces open a wealth of possibilities to enrich Montreal's digital culture experience, and we are excited to take part in exploring and embellishing this renewed urban canvas through our 12th edition and beyond. We'll be releasing more information about the festival in the months to come, so be sure to stay tuned!



Want to take part in MUTEK 2011?

MUTEK is constantly on the lookout for new projects and proposals from artists that explore new directions and strive to push the boundaries of digital and electronic creativity. Over the years the festival has always offered a variety of cultural experiences, combining:
  • live acts
  • multimedia projects
  • audiovisual performances
  • Canadian talent
Additionally, this year we are undertaking the theme of Festival as Lab, to reflect the current positioning of the ICAS network's European members within a multi-year cooperative project codenamed 'Unknown Future' (ICAS is a global network of likeminded festivals dedicated to the advancement of digital arts and sound cultures).

The Festival as Lab theme explores festivals as experimental spaces or laboratories where we can explore and play with future art, music and ideas. We encourage submissions for projects that take the form of an experiment, a prototype or a trial of a new type of art object, technology or form of participation, and that make use of the setting of the festival in an inventive way.

While traditionally MUTEK does not appropriate themes for its activities, the Lab theme will serve as an undercurrent and inspiration for the 2011 year in order to explore the perception and place of the festival on local and international scales, and to further cooperation and exchange within the ICAS network. Please note however that submissions to MUTEK 2011 are not restricted to this theme.

We strongly encourage applicants to accompany their submissions with live recordings of their performances. Please note that as MUTEK is dedicated to presenting live performances, DJ mixes are not considered.

The submission deadline for all MUTEK 2011 proposals is November 19, 2010, though we strongly encourage you to get in touch with us as soon as possible, as by November we are already piecing together our program.

Send your proposals, demos, links and other relevant information by email to, or by regular mail to:

Submissions 2011
473 boul Saint-Joseph Est
Montréal (Québec) H2J 1J8

Please note that we cannot confirm the receipt of packages. Artists will be contacted if they have been selected to perform at the festival. We would like to thank all candidates in advance for their interest.



MUTEK is proud to collaborate with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM) to inaugurate a new series conceived by KENT NAGANO, "LES CONCERTS OSM ÉCLATÉS," devoted to exploring new, ear-opening concepts in nontraditional ways and nonconventional venues. The first concert will be presented by Molson M in artistic partnership with MUTEK in a location that holds a prominent place in the history of Montreal, the Molson Coors brewery.

KENT NAGANO, who since his arrival in Montreal has been interested in the city's historical structures, had the idea of matching up the universes of orchestral music and the industrial world. In this spirit, not only will the OSM leave the concert-hall circuit but it will be joining its forces to the talents of practitioners of electronic music. A first-time-ever encounter, this evening of contrasts promises to be memorable.

Presented one night only, the event sees the OSM and KENT NAGANO perform two works whose pairing is original and surprising: "Messagesquisse", a contemporary work for seven cellos by PIERRE BOULEZ, and GUSTAV MAHLER's Symphony No. 1 ("Titan"). THOMAS FEHLMANN will then be accompanied by several OSM musicians, to perform an original variation on Mahler's same Symphony. Closing his performance with a solo set, FEHLMANN will be followed by Berlin's SUBSTANCE & VAINQUEUR, who will present their "Scion Versions live". Locals BAILLAT CARDELL & FILS, long-time MUTEK collaborators, will accompany the electronic portion of the evening.

This event is expected to sell out (really!!), so be sure to get your tickets in advance in order to avoid disappointment!

Saturday October 16, 2010
The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Molson M and MUTEK present:
KENT NAGANO, conductor
BAILLAT CARDELL & FILS, videographers
Time: Doors open at 9:30pm, show starts at 10pm sharp. Latecomers will only be admitted at certain intervals (eg. between certain movements and at the end of the orchestral portion of the evening) so be sure to arrive on time.
Venue: Molson Coors Brewery, 1555 Notre-Dame E.
Tickets: $25 + tx & s.c., available through the OSM box office or online. Includes two Molson M beers.
Transportation: Free shuttle service from Papineau metro station between 21h - 22h15 and return between 23h15 - 24h30 (return coincides with closing time for the metro, but the concert continues until 3am). This service is graciously offered by the STM.
Acknowledgements: This event is made possible by the gracious support of Solotech, Sennheiser and the Goethe-Institut.
More information: Event facebook page, Calendar, OSM website



In the latest MUTEKMAG video interview, prolific producer Uwe Schmidt discusses one of his most recognizable projects, SEÑOR COCONUT. Shot on site at MUTEK 2010, the video includes great footage of his performance at this past edition in Montreal. Señor Coconut & His Orchestra will be performing as part of MUTEK's programming for the Festival Internacional Cervantino on October 29, 2010.



Two new podcasts have gone up since our last newsletter, both highlighting artists that will be performing at MUTEK's upcoming program for the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico. Get a taste of ANDRÉS BUCCI's Chilean minimalism before his performance at the FIC's Programa Chile, and DEADBEAT's distinct dub-techno sound before his appearance at MUTEK.MX and the FIC with MODERAT.

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