MUTEK MX Recommends – October 22-27
Sougwen Chung and Refik Anadol nominated for the 2019 Lumen Prize. Un rêve launches his record on vinyl.
In MUTEK MX Recommends, you’ll find all the news, up-and-coming activities, and pieces from the artistic community that make our festival one of the most exciting experiences of the year.
This is what’s happening October 22 through 27th on the path to MUTEK MX Edition 16:
> Sougwen Chung and Refik Anadol: MUTEK MX talent nominated for the 2019 Lumen Prize
Two of the artists from Edition 16 who show the creative possibilities of machines and artificial intelligence, Sougwen Chung and Refik Anadol, may receive the 2019 Lumen Prize in their respective categories; the winners will be announced this Thursday, October 24th, at the Barbican Centre in London, and from MUTEK MX, we would bet on both taking the prize.
Last week Refik Anadol received the Lorenzo il Magnifico award at the Florence Biennial in recognition of his trajectory, and mega-installation Machine Hallucinations in ARTECHOUSE in NY continues receiving praise in the press. Refik is nominated in the Moving Image category for his installation Melting Memories, the very same work that forms part of the immersive experience of Nocturne 1 and 2 in Edition 16. The artists Cassie McQuarter, Anouk Kruithof, Clea T. Waite, Nicolas Sassoon, Ruini Shi, Patxi Araujo and Leonhard Müllner & Robin Klengel are also nominated in this category.
Sougwen Chung, for her part, and her piece Drawing Operations, compete in the category Still Image, which combines a variety of visuales pieces resulting from a process or performance linked with technology or digital tools. This year Sougwen has been part of the creative direction of vanguard festivals such as Grey Area Festival and Alpha-ville, while her processes of experimentation in fine arts, robotics, AI, and performance have continued to inspire in her participation in the 2019 Simposium of AI Now Institute and TED Mumbai. She received one of her most recept awards just days ago in Monaco, Italy, where she was named the Woman of the Year in the category of Art and Science 2019. The artists Stefan Gant, Nye Thompson, Max Colson, Eric Fong and Bang Geul Han are also nominated in the Still Image category. Sougwen will be presented in Nocturne 2.
The Lumen Prize, which has been awarded since 2012, is one of the most globally important recognitions of artists working at the meeting point of art and technology. In this year’s panel of judges are representatives of institutions such as Tate Modern, China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts, and Goldsmith’s University.
> Un rêve’s new record now available on vinyl
Just one week before announcing Diego Vázquez aka Un rêve as part of the Third Wave of Artists of Edition 16, the vinyl version of Como árboles al cielo… encuentro (OTONO, VAA, Gravy Records, 2019), his new record, was presented as a special session in Teatro Lúcido, which also included an artist talk. Como árboles al cielo… encuentro marks a significant moment in the trajectory of Un rêve, mastered by Taylor Deupree, who has worked with musicians who have strongly influenced Diego’s work, from William Basinski to Ryuichi Sakamoto. We will be able to hear Como árboles al cielo… encuentro live in its entirety en Edition 16, and you will also be able to find the record in the racks of Fhauna during Nocturne 1 and 2.
> Techno ready to burn: new track by Deadbeat with T.Raumschmiere.
After launching the beautiful and delicate Trinity Thirty (Constellation, 2019), a tribute to the band Cowboy Junkies with the artist and singer Fatima Camara, Deadbeat has fully immersed himself in a reintroduction with techno and beats ready for the club. There are the tracks from Jacks and slow dances EP (Visionquest Music, 2019) and, now, a new track with T.Raumschmiere for the compilation SOUVENIR#100 on Souvenir Music. The track “Masters of Disaster”, the name that T.Raumschimere and Deadbeat have also signed to a couple of releases, strongly marks the hard rhythms that Deadbeat will bring to the floor of Nocturne 2 this Edition 16.