Ars Electronica Garden Montréal

MUTEK Edition 22


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For its 2021 edition, MUTEK continues to mesh art and ideas, wonder and awakening, across the city of Montréal and virtually, allowing for a dialogue with its communities made up of festival-goers, artists and experts from Québec, Canada, and beyond. As part of the Garden, MUTEK will showcase a selection of this year’s artistic programming, which featured about 80 live performances of digital art and electronic music, intertwining in-venue shows in Montréal with a free virtual component via the platform. The performative core was extended by a series of exhibitions in the physical and virtual space, as well as international collaborations in the recurring Connect program. Simultaneously, the 7th edition of the professional MUTEK Forum brought together artists and companies in digital creativity and electronic music, with the goal of exploring the latest artistic practices while stimulating reflection on the ethical and political issues related to technology and the digital world. Launched in the year 2000, MUTEK is dedicated to the presentation of live electronic music and real-time audiovisual performance, making it one of the rare outlets in North America for such innovations. After 22 years, the festival’s future-seeking mandate has matured—and while the promise has in many ways caught up with the present, its commitment to the ongoing mutations and variations of contemporary digital creativity remain, with its eyes and ears still fixed on what comes next.


MUTEK would like to thank its partners, who play a key role in the maintenance and development of its activities, and have provided particular support towards the development of the Festival and the Forum.

The Government of Québec, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the ministère du Tourisme du Québec, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine du gouvernement du Québec, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the City of Montréal, FACTOR and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Musicaction, the British Council, the Consulat général de France à Québec, the Goethe-Institut, Tourisme Montréal, Red Bull, Soundworks, BeatConnect, Zú, Place des Arts, Akufen, Urbania, Folklore and Click & Mortar.”