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: 


-‘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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Events + exhibitions, May 25 – 31

26 May 2015

MUTEK 2015 is running in Montréal in the week beginning May 25, and in Athens, Oliver Laric, Marlie Mul and Katja Novitskova are among the participants in NEON’s Terrapolis group exhibition in collaboration with London’s Whitechapel Gallery. Online, Vince Mckelvie is showing on “file-based” exhibition space Panther Modern.

In London, JACK댄스 is putting on another show at Power Lunches, Rausch Turning presents Bahamian Moor and Jack Strange, Josh Whitaker and Holly Hendry are among the artists taking part in Turf ProjectsTRU LUV exhibition. DAM Projects, founded by Daniella Rose King, Amanprit Sandhu and Morgan Quaintance, is presenting a one-day exhibition by OliMay 27 Terry for its Sunday School series, and Hito Steyerl and Karen Archey are among the participants at the ICA‘s Fear of Missing Out event. Sounds like… is launching with the NO SCREENING event at IMT Gallery.

In Berlin, Thomas Jeppe, Flora Klein and Agatha Valkyrie are some of the artists taking part in The Way of the Novel group exhibition at Oracle Berlin, while Lotic and Air Max ’97 are on the line-up at Dönerteller Versace’s party at Konzulát.

There’s more so see below:


“Inhuman” symposium @ Fridericianum, May 25

Collaboration Beyond Consensus @, May 26 – 29

Xenofeminism @ Schinkel Pavillon, May 26

Digital Futures @ The White Building, May 26

Leigh Bowery w Sue Tilley @ Café Royal, May 26

Headless launch @ Open School East, May 26

MUTEK Montréal 2015, May 27 – 31

Bold Tendencies opening, May 27

The Psychedelic Society of London: May social @ Candid Arts Trust, May 27

Altered States @ Camden Arts Centre, May 27

Slavoj Žižek @ Westerkerk, May 28

NO SCREENING @ IMT Gallery, May 28

Field Visits for Chelsea Manning @ Hackney Picture House, May 28

Dönerteller Versace @ Konzulát, May 28

Fear of Missing Out @ ICA, May 29 – 31

Disruption Network Lab2 @ Kunstquartier Bethanien, May 29 – 30

TEDxHackneyWomen @ Ace Hotel, May 30

Odradek @ Instants chavirés, May 30

You can’t win them all, ladies & gentlemen @ Reactor, May 30

JACK댄스 @ Power Lunches, May 30

Oliver Lee Terry @ DAM PROJECTS, May 31

Bahamian Moor @ The Golden Anchor, May 31 


Maija Mustonen + Aino Unkila @ Sorbus-galerie, May 25 – 29

Gili Tal @ Temnikova & Kasela, May 26

Vince Mckelvie @ Panther Modern, May 26

Jasper Spicero @ New Galerie, May 26 – Jul 11

Terrapolis @ NEON, May 26 – Jul 26

Central Saint Martins Degree Show 2015, May 27

The Way of the Novel @ Oracle Berlin, May 27 – June 20

Rollin Leonard @ XPO Gallery, May 28 – June

TRU LUV @ Turf Projects, May 28 – June 27

Emily Jones @ S1, May 28 – Jun 28

Cooper Jacoby @ High Art, May 29 – Jul 25

Adam Cruces @ Smart Objects, May 29

Pilar Quinteros @ Carlos/Ishikawa, May 29 – Jul 4

Peles Empire @ Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, May 30 – Jul 19

Susanna Davies-Crook @ Res., May 29 – Jun 30

Francesca Du Brock + Daniel Monroy Cuevas @ Banner Repeater, May 30 – Jul 30

Jean-Michel Wicker @ Sandy Brown, May 30 – Jun 13 **

See here for exhibitions opening last week.

Header image: Dönerteller Versace @ Konzulát.

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