MUTEK_10 Previews: Free Events
May 27 to 31: New Inter_Sections Series Adds Free Installations and Performances to Program
May 14, 2009
From May 27th to the 31st, MUTEK_10 will deliver an edition brimming with more programming and greater ambition than ever before. Nearly 150 artists from 10 countries will contribute to the five days of festivities this year, with 100 unique performances and projects between them, including 4 world premieres, 7 North American premieres, and 10 Canadian premieres.
In addition to its regular programming, MUTEK inaugurates a brand-new segment, INTER_SECTIONS, in which the festival makes greater use of the urban playground that is Montreal. A series of projects that illustrate the wealth and diversity of digital creativity, many of these events are free to the public.
The list of free activities in and around the Quartier des Spectacles is bountiful. EXTRA_MUROS uses the city’s outdoor architecture as projection canvas, while special projects such as PLAY and the MUTEK PHOTO EXPO deepen the festival's presence at the Monument-National Theatre. Furthermore, North American exclusives such as the monumental ATOM project (the only project that is not free), BEYOND6281 bring the festival into the Maisonneuve Theatre at Place des Arts, while AUTO-FICTION occupies the venue’s esplanade.
Taken together, MUTEK’s new offerings and regular programming extend the festival’s reach all the way from the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal to the heights of Blvd. Saint Laurent.
MONTREAL AS PUBLIC CANVAS
INTER_SECTIONS AT THE QUAYS OF THE OLD PORT OF MONTREAL
From May 27 to 31, from dusk till 3am
As part of INTER_SECTIONS, MUTEK inaugurates Extra-Muros, a series of outdoor artistic using urban Montreal as a canvas for play and projection. This first contingent of local and international talent invites you to see the city as a platform punctuated by their monumental creativity. Their work will be on display throughout the festival, from Montreal’s Old Port all the way up the Boulevard Saint Laurent’s annual sidewalk sale
MAKE OUT_RAFAEL LOZANO-HEMMER (CA)
2-22, Ste. Catherine St. East
“Make out” in the heart of the “red-light” district with this interactive installation composed of thousands of videos pulled from the internet of couples sliding from loving gaze to full embrace whenever an audience wanders into their perimeter. One of the most recent works by this master of monumental interactivity, who has been very much in demand on the media-arts international scene for many years and too often absent from the city where he has chosen to keep his creative studio.
Conveyors' Tower, Quays of the Old Port of Montreal
AntiVJ is a visual label that brings together a diverse mix of European artists who share a common interest in using light projections as an influence of human perception. Specializing in installations and live performances that inflict a mix of projection techniques upon architectural structures, they create for this occasion arresting optical effects on the walls of the Conveyors’ Tower.
dislock by DOMINIQUE T SKOLTZ (CA)
Cooper Building, 3981-3987 Blvd. St. Laurent
dislock_ is a series of small tableaus in which two dislocated bodies come together over a passage of time. One man, one woman, drawn to each other through sheer magnetism. Polymorphic artist Dominique T Skoltz has collaborated for over ten years with artist Herman Kolgen. An intuitive creator, her corpus negotiates between intention and accident.
THE GOOD CONSPIRACY by AMUSE (CA)
4040 Blvd. St. Laurent
The Good Conspiracy aims to stir a great movement of positive energy through Montreal. Citizens are invited to join the conspiracy circle by sharing messages of hope, encouragement, and inspiration, and by offering gestures in the name of Good. An interactive video projection by Emmanuel Sevigny relays live messages sent in by web-users and cellphone-texters onto the side of 4040 Saint Laurent. An Amuse project directed by Melissa Mongiat, in collaboration with Daniel Canty, Kung Fu Numerik, Emmanuel Sévigny, and Guillaume Sasseville.
WORLD-CLASS INSTALLATION ART
INTER_SECTIONS AT THE PLACE DES ARTS
ROBERT HENKE & CHRISTOPHER BAUDER present ATOM
May 29 @ 7pm, May 30 @ 3pm and 7pm // Maisonneuve Theatre
Presented as North American exclusive, the monumental ATOM features a series of compositions played on a matrix of 64 illuminated helium balloons, and counts as one of the most ambitious undertakings in the long and storied careers of Robert Henke (Monolake) and his colleague, media-artist Christopher Bauder. Tickets for this performance are $15.
ARTIFICIEL present BEYOND6281
May 29 @ 5pm, May 30 @ 3pm, May 31 @ 3pm // 5th Hall
Place des Arts' Fifth Hall houses BEYOND6281, an electro-acoustic installation by Artificiel that explores the light bulb as sound source. By feeding processed audio signals into powerful amplifiers, it is possible to make the coil of large 1000W light bulbs produce audible acoustic vibrations, which reveal their stories over five movements.
HUMAN PLAYGROUND present AUTO-FICTION
May 27, 28, 29 @ 12:30pm and 4:30pm // Esplanade
To complete this corner of the Quartier des Spectacles, Human Playground's AUTO-FICTION combines urban activism, contemporary dance, electronic music, and… a car. The esplanade of Place des Arts, an incongruous location to find a car merely parked as it is, provides the launching point for this performance.
PLAY - THREE PROGRAMS OF EXPLORATORY MUSIC
INTER_SECTIONS AT THE MONUMENT-NATIONAL
For fans of the avant-garde experimentation, MUTEK presents PLAY, three free post-A\VISIONS nightcaps of 10 Quebecois artists testing the boundaries of all sounds electric. Each night brings a different four-hour showcase in which artists perform both solo “planned” sets and improvised, collaborative performances. Curated by Oral’s Eric Mattson.
PLAY 1 - ELECTRONIC & ANALOG EXPERIMENTATION
May 27 - Monument-National Theatre // 10pm
Featuring Magali Babin, Martin Messier, Martine H. Crispo, Gmarkrrr, Joshua Bonnetta, Darcin, anne-f, Éric Normand, Darsha Hewitt, Nancy Tobin, and Minibloc.
PLAY 2 - INTENSITY & WHITE NOISE
May 28 - Monument-National Theatre // 10pm
Featuring Steve Bates, Wapstan, Ghislain Roy, Erin Sexton, Hyena Hive, Metis Yeti, Karl Lemieux, Nebris, Nimalan Yoganathan, Katherine Kline, and Karl Lemieux + Hyena Hive.
PLAY 3 - POST-POP, AMUSING & CORRODED
May 29 - Monument-National Theatre // 10pm
Featuring Jonathan Parant, David Lafrance, Jacob, Drainolith, Edgar Olivier Charles, Cabral Jacobs, Alexandre St-Onge, Joda Clément, Alexander Wilson, Ben Grossman, and k.a.n.t.n.a.g.a.n.o.
... AND EVEN MORE INTER_SECTIONS ACROSS THE CITY!
MUTEK PHOTO EXPO & HEARING THERE blanket the rest of downtown
All throughout the festival, HEARING THERE, by Montrealer David Drury, invites pedestrians to walk the length of Blvd. St. Laurent, guided by a series of audio extracts composed via recordings made from within storefronts, of sounds emitted by objects visible from store windows.
Finally, as part of this year’s tenth anniversary celebrations, MUTEK and the Société de Transport de Montréal are presenting a photo expo entitle 10 YEARS OF MUTEK, which will be running at select subway stations until June 1, as well as throughout the halls of the Monument-National Theatre during the week of the festival and along Boulevard St. Laurent from during the annual "Festival on the Main".
This retrospective features the most memorable moments from MUTEK first nine editions, as well as its many events and festivals around the world, as portrayed by official photographers Caroline Hayeur and Miguel Legault.