Aurora Halal

At the intersection of art, sound + community: a guide to Montréal’s MUTEK Festival, Aug 22 – 27

21 August 2017

The 18th Edition of MUTEK is on at various locations across Montreal, running August 22 to 27.

Known as Canada’s “preeminent hub of electronic music and digital creativity” — with festivals also taking place in London, Mexico City, Barcelona and Berlin — the five-day event brings together music, art and technology, dedicated to “discovery, revelation and community.”

MUTEK splits itself into three categories, Performances, Conferences, Workshops, Exhibitions, and the Satosphère Series, with our recommendations below: 

Performances

-‘INTER_CONNECT London: This Wheel’s on Fire,’ including Sensate Focus, at Society for Arts and Technology, Aug 23

-‘EXPÉRIENCE London,’ including Bambooman at Esplanade de la Place des Arts, Aug 23

-‘INTER_CONNECT México: NAAFI Presenta Noche De Ritmos Periféricos,’ including Mexican Jihad, Aug 24

-‘EXPÉRIENCE México,’ including Ouri, at Esplanade de la Place des Arts, Aug 24

-‘Red Bull Music Academy presents NOCTURNE 3: Drone Activity in Progress,’ including Sarah Davachi and FIS, at Métropolis, Aug 24

-‘Red Bull Music Academy presents NOCTURNE 4: Widescreen Macheen Dreems,’ including Aurora Halal, at Métropolis, Aug 25

– ‘Don’t Assume: NTS Radio on Stage 1,’ including Space Afrika and Beatrice Dillon, at Édifice WILDER Espace danse, Aug 25 + 26

-‘EXPÉRIENCE Berlin: CTM Festival presents Berlin Current,’ including Dis Fig and Loticat Esplanade de la Place des Arts, Aug 26

-‘INTER_CONNECT Berlin: Eine kleine elektronische Nachtmusik,’ including rRoxymore, at Society for Arts and Technology, Aug 26

-‘NOCTURNE 6: Other Hemispheres,’ including Kara-Lis Coverdale, at Society for Arts and Technology, Aug 27

Conferences, Workshops, Exhibitions

Subversions of Reality exhibition, including Jasmine Johnson and LaTurbo Avedon, at Place des arts – Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Aug 22 – 27

-‘Mark Fell Q+A with Oliver Harding‘ at Monument-National, Aug 25

-Panel discussion ‘Berlin Imaginaries,’ moderated by Taïca Replansky of CTM Festival with Hans Reuschl (Africaine 808), Chris Vargas (Pelada), Hermione Frank (rRoxymore) and Mike Shannon at Monument-National, Aug 26

Visit the MUTEK website for details.**

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Warm Up 2014 @ MoMA PS1, Aug 9

7 August 2014

MoMA PS1‘s anticipated Warm Up outdoor music series continues its summer run with another event held at the MoMA PS1 courtyard on August 9.

The summer series – which started on June 28 and runs every Saturday through until September 6 – has become a New York summer staple, now rounding its 17th year in action. Bringing in some of the best experimental sounds, live performances and DJs, Warm Up heats up the MoMA PS1 courtyard, bodies swaying beside award-winning installation Hy-Fi by NYC architecture firm The Living.

The August 9 event, seventh in the 2014 summer line-up, features acts from across the globe, including George FitzGerald of Berlin’s Man Make Music, Washington’s Martyn of 3024 with a DJ set, a live performance by New York’s Aurora Halal, the spectral sounds of Matrixxman, and London’s Leon Vynehall of Aus Music.

Some other exciting performers from July include J-CUSH of Future Brown and Fade to Mind‘s Total Freedom, as well as upcoming shows by Lit City Trax‘s Visionist on August 16 and Sophie on September 6.

See the MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2014 calendar for details. **

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Standish/ Carlyon – ‘Nono/Yoyo’.

Standish/Carlyon -'Nono/Yoyo'.
3 April 2013

Aurora Halal‘s video work featured during the performance by Hieroglyphic Being and Ital collaboration, Interplanetary Prophets, at last year’s Unsound Festival and, for lack of a programme of visual artists showing that night, her aesthetic was still conspicuously her own. Featuring the blown out, hyper-coloured psychedelia of a still proudly lo-fi tradition, she’s also made the video for Standish/Carlyon‘s cosmic dub croon ‘Nono/Yoyo’, out on their upcoming album debut Deleted Scenes, through felte May 13.

With Halal being the mind behind the gaudy VHS ware of artists like Ital, Maxmillion Dunbar and even indie-soul outfit Friends, and the two members of Standish/Carlyon from now-defunct Australian band The Devastations, there’s little doubt director and music makers alike are well worth attention. **

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