Presented by: Create Digital Music and CTM Festival Berlin in collaboration with Interspecifics and MUTEK.MX
Venue: Laboratorio Arte Alameda
Date: 17 – 23 October
Application: FORM


A collaborative, improvisatory, experimental environment that invites artists, technologists and researchers in the fields of sound, image and related arts to imagine and realise new ideas in a week of intensive activity. Conceived by Peter Kirn (CDM) and CTM Festival Berlin, the Hacklab travels to different festivals and events, mutating in response to different artistic themes, co-hosts, and participants.

The Hacklab arrives at MUTEK.MX this year with the “Immersive Invention” theme. Mexican collective Interspecifics and artist and professor Roberto Morales join Peter Kirn to launch an open call in search of 20 artists and experimenters that wish to join an intensive program of collective production and workshops to be held at Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City. Taking place October 17 – 23, the projects and collaborations realized during this Hacklab will culminate with a presentation within the MUTEK.MX festival program.

Immersive Invention

Far from the age of computer screens, from the comfortable frame, from the painting on a wall or the proscenium theater, we are entering the age of sensory saturation. But this question of “immersion” takes radically different potential paths. It can be in the hands of mass media and consumer electronics producers – proprietary consumption devices, which like the early cinema are anti-democratic. Or it could be hacked and DIY. It can be cut-off, antisocial, escapist, and personal. Or, it could be – as we see in club culture’s own baths of sound and light – social and shared.

We invite a group of inventors to imagine their own relationship to immersion, whether introspective or social. Through whatever media – lighting and optics, headsets or speakers, high-tech or low-tech – we will create a collaborative playground where we create performances and interactive objects. These might appropriate existing tools and platforms or start from scratch.

We hope dancers and designers, fashion producers and composers, visualists and filmmakers and instrumentalists and singers join to explore what immersion might mean.

Application deadline: September 21st


Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd from 11 to 18 H
MusicMakers Hacklab
Open to the public

Demo – Workshops

Tuesday 18th from 18 to 20 H
Ernesto Romero – Microrex
Creative Processes with Supercollider Software

Wednesday 19th from 18 to 20 H
Marijke Jorritsma – NASA
Immersive Design Prototypes

Thursday 20th from 18 to 20 H
Furenku – Astrovandalistas
New tools for Music Applications

Friday 21st from 18 to 20 H
Eduardo Jiménez – Hacked Tapes
Miss, failure, error. The mistaken use of technology and its applications

Saturday 22nd at 16 H

Concert: First Iteration


– Roberto Morales Manzanares
– Peter Kirn 
– Interspecifics 

Museo Tamayo Auditorium

Sunday 23th at 16 H
Concert: Immersive Invention
Presentation of projects developed throughout the lab week