MUTEK.MX: An innovative anniversary replete with unforgettable moments.
“Like every year, MUTEK Mexico just keeps surprising us. The curatorship, the diversity of the events, the forums and the venues chosen, the talent, both Mexican and international, together they all make it one of the best festivals in the country.”
– Ibero 90.9 –
We celebrated XV Years with more than 22,000 attendees. In six days of intense events, audiences enjoyed presentations by more than 95 artists and creators from Canada, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, the United States and many different cities within Mexico.
With a program that included Mexico premiers of no fewer than 14 audiovisual presentations by international performers and seven installations made specially for the FÁBRICA space, we saw one of the true highpoints of the festival’s XV Years.
An unforgettable closing took place on the esplanade of the Museo Tamayo, including a never before seen collaboration between Brandt Brauer Frick and the Mexico State Philharmonic Orchestra.
This most recent edition of the Festival was the result of all the hard work which, over the course of XV years, has been organized around electronic music and digital creativity. If the practices and concepts were new in Mexico 15 years ago, the work of MUTEK.MX during the ensuing years has managed to solidify those ideas and to launch them beyond the stages, contributing to the creative life of all Mexico with passion, dedication, and inspiration. It seems only yesterday that MUTEK first arrived in Mexico to plant the seeds that would gradually become one of the most important festival experiences in the capital city.
In marking the XV anniversary of MUTEK, in Mexico, we developed what many already consider to have been the festival’s best edition yet, with emotional presentations that altered any preconceived notions of performance, spectacle, and experience. We’ve also seen complete integrations within spaces throughout Mexico City and the metropolitan area. Vision and context have transformed the Museo Anahuacalli, the Prim Public Project space, the FÁBRICA space and the Museo Tamayo into unique situations for fully living the presentations of the international circuit’s most relevant artists and performers who created immersive experiences at once intimate and expansive.
From MUTEK headquarters in Montreal, Artistic Director Alain Mongeau described the XV Edition of the festival in Mexico as “an almost perfect event, with incredible artists, incredible venues, incredible audiences, and unbelievable food,” while congratulating the organizers for honoring the spirit of MUTEK in such a tremendous way. “Long Live the Mexico connection!” he relayed on the social channels.
The thread that guided this celebration, beyond even the innovation, was a thoughtful questioning that prompted many of the interventions by the artists and exhibitors from the 19th to the 25th of this past November. 70 national and international artists lived the experience alongside 22,500 attendees to the festival’s five locations. Exciting presentations included those by Smerz, Atom™ with Robin Fox, Wolfgang Voigt, NONOTAK, DJ Tennis. The striking visuals of Baillat during both Nocturne and the A/V performances. Interspecifics, Lanark Artefax, and JB Dunckel and Jacques Perconte continued to echo in the collective memory of participants, even days after the festival closed.
Notable interventions at the FÁBRICA space included those by Ben Kreukniet and Vincent De Belleval, Craig Dorety, and INTUS, among others, who transformed the very building, providing new meanings and still deeper dimensions.
In a similar way, the work within Digi Lab, ranging from dialogue and reflection sessions within the framework of Amplify to the 360 degree exploration of the creative and virtual reality industries with Alternate Realities of Sheffield Doc/Fest. These merged with the ideas that push and motivate the Festival to explore new contexts and beginnings. With a commitment to always elevating the bar, MUTEK.MX in the context of the technological, cultural, and social, was congruent with the festival’s vocation to continue mutating and looking towards the future.
MUTEK.MX deeply appreciates all of the partners who played such a key role in consolidating these XV Years of work. Their support in sharing our vision and commitment contributed to the cultural innovation in Mexico:
Hennessy Very Special, Adidas Originals, LCI, Motorola, Red Bull, Rentable, JCDecaux, Canada Council for the Arts, The Embassy of Quebec, The Canadian Embassy, the British Council, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Goethe-Institut Mexiko, The German Foundation for Culture, the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Relations, the French Institute, the French Embassy in Mexico, the Japan Foundation, the Swedish Embassy, the Secretary of Culture, and the Foundation for the Mexico State Symphonic Orchestra.
Among collaborators were the Municipal Government of Tlalnepantla de Baz 2016-2018, 3RD Eye, Mayan Warrior Productions, Surface, Universidad de la Comunicación, Centro, Fundación Alumnos, SAE Institute México, Cocolab, Touchdesigner, ICAS, Museo Anahuacalli, Papalote Childrens Museum, Museo Tamayo, the Society for the Arts and Technology, INTUS Interactive Design, Play Group, Quarso, La Cité, Holawave Studio, Abierto Mexicano de Diseño, Eydos, Centro de Cultura Digital, Cardinal Casa de Café, Fondo Semillas, Taller Nacional, Rappi, Duco lab, D Tarima, Cabify, Acapulcoco, and We Love Burgers.
Allied media included Resident Advisor, FACT Magazine, Vice México, Periodic, Time Out México, Filter México, Indie Rocks! Magazine, Ibero 90.9, Gatopardo, Local Mx, Travesías, Marvin, Revista 192, MXCity, Sopitas, Warp, Noiselab, Pijamasurf, Paréntesis, Konbini, Radio UNAM, and Resistencia Modulada.
Among our tourism partners were (for the Gastronomic Route): Azul Condesa, Azul Histórico, Abarrotes Delirio, Delirio, Salacia, Campo Baja, Can Can, Broka Bistrot, La Ostra, Amaya, Páramo, El Parnita, Nirvana, El Dorado, Helados Cometa, Chinaloa, La Lavandería, Fonda Mayora, Cardinal, Pizza Félix, and the Alma Negra Café.