Last week Ouri announced a small tour in November, which will culminate with her presentation in Nocturne 2 in Edition 16, after events in Canada, the US, and Italy. The announcement was accompanied by the launch of a remix of a track by the Belgian producer Locked Groove as part of the extended edition of Sunset Service, which also includes remixes by Scuba and Alan Fitzpatrick, among other artists.
> The edition of remixes and alternate versions of S.L.F. by Aisha Devi has arrived
This Friday the complete collection of remixes and alternate versions of S.L,F., the most recent EP by Aisha Devi, was released, including 33EMYBW and Gabber Modus Operandi. She had already launched two singles as a teaser, Varg’s version of “I’m not always where my body is” and “The Favor of fire” a few days ago, remixed by Equiknoxx. Aisha Devi will present her most recent live set as part of Nocturne 1 in Edition 16.
> Recommended reading: Sougwen Chung and Refik Anadol, two of seven artists who are defining art with Artificial Intelligence
According to the website Interesting Engineering we are entering a Golden Age of art created through Artificial Intelligence. In this fascinating piece, which functions as an excellent introduction to the past and present of the relationship between creativity and technology, they listed seven international artists who are calling attention to this theme with their pieces, not just through the aesthetic result and their technical processes, but also through philosophy and controversy. Sougwen Chung, who is being presented as part of Nocturne 1 in Edition 16, leads the list, which also includes Refik Anadol, who will be presenting the installation Melting Memories during the two nights in Fábrica:
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This is what’s happening October 29 through November 3 on the path to MUTEK MX Edition 16:
> The winners of the 2019 Lumen coming to our 16th Edition:
One week ago the winners of the 2019 Lumen Prize were announced, and we’re proud to share that in Edition 16 you will be able to enjoy the incredible work of three of the winners: Refik Anadol, Sougwen Chung, and Cassie McQuater, frequent collaborator of Kelly Moran:
Refik Anadol: Winner of the Gold Award with Melting Memories, the installation that you will be able to enjoy in Fábrica on Friday, November 22, and Saturday, November 23. The Gold Award is the highest acknowledgement awarded each year, and recognizes the most innovative and impactful piece, independent of the category of the work.
Sougwen Chung: Winner of the Still Image Award with the performance piece Drawing Operations. Sougwen will present a new live A/V on Saturday, November 23 during Nocturne 2:
Cassie McQuater: Winner of the Moving Image Award with Love Birds, Night Birds, Devil-Birds, the video she created for the song of the same name, included in the magnificent Origin EP (Warp, 2019) of Kelly Moran. Cassie is also one of the visual collaborators for Grand Piano A/V, the performance by Kelly that we will enjoy on Sunday, November 24 at Auditorio BlackBerry:
> Epistasis by Maria W Horn is now available on vinyl and for streaming
A few days ago Maria W Horn launched her second album, Epistasis, through the label Hallow Ground. In this collection of four pieces originally composed for a live A/V multichannel that was premiered in 2018 at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Maria W Horn extends her radical exploration in composition to mixing methods of the avant garde and a string section with electronic techniques and digital manipulation. Epistasis can be heard in its entirety on digital platforms and is available on vinyl. Remember that Maria W Horn is part of the lineup of Nocturne 2.
> New album from Overmono. Listen to the first single.
After an intense start of the year as part of festivals in Europe and North America and two brilliant EP’s launched in 2018, the brothers Ed and Tim Russell (known and Tessela and Truss, respectively) have finally announced a new full length that will be released through their own label, Poly Kicks. We will be able to hear Poly011 in full on November 1, and in the meantime you can dance to the first track and get your ticket to see Overmono live in MUTEK MX inNocturne 1.
“I produce a mix the way I would produce a live set, explicitly narrative and personal. I like to set up atmospheres, locations, characters, drama and a bit of a teaching too. A kind of a Greek tragedy“ says Aïsha Devi of this mix that is also the perfect teaser for her live set as part of the lineup of Nocturne 1. Read the full interview here:
Two of the artists from Edition 16 who show the creative possibilities of machines and artificial intelligence, Sougwen ChungandRefik 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.
Just one week before announcing DiegoVázquez 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 Unrêve, 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 1and2.
> 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.
If you haven’t heard Trinity Thirty we definitely recommend it: it’s Deadbeat’s smoothest and most pop side, exploring downtempo, dreambeats, and for the first time… singing. It’s a gem.
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This is what’s happening September 10 – 15 on the road to MUTEK MX Edition 16:
> Refik Anadol’s most ambitious piece to date has debuted in New York
Easily put, Machine Hallucination is an immersive experience that imagines possible futures in the fields of architecture and cinematography. In order to make this happen, a great amount of data and 3D images on iconic sites of New York City has been intervened, reinterpreted and projected on a complex Artificial Intelligence System developed by Refik Anadol and his team of innovators. These projections takeover the new Artechouse warehouse in New York, which has been transformed into a space focused on the development and exhibition of immersive multimedia art. “A never-before-seen synesthetic reality experiment that challenges spatial perceptions” according to the review published bySurface Mag, one of the specialized media outlets present at the opening of Machine Hallucinations.
A couple of weeks ago, the producer Sebastian Mullaert visited Mexico City, after conquering the stage of one of the Nocturne events in the recent 20th Anniversary of MUTEK Montreal as part of the Circle of Live project. His latest visit to our city was nothing but intense: he started by taking over the booth at Aire Libre FM station, mixing tracks from his next solo release and takes from recent sets by Circle of Live (listen to it here) and reaching his most exciting point in a night filled with energy and excitement with a live set of three hours at Normandie, presented by Dynamic Waves. Sebastian‘s intense journey closed out with a very special visit to the Anahuacalli Museum, where we interviewed him, you can check the feature soon at local.mx. During this visit, Sebastian planted the seed for all the expectations of what is to come with the Circle Of Live performance during MUTEK MX in November: a six-hour collective dancing session with a strong energy exchange, conducted by the musical intuition of six incredible Techno and House producers: Dorisburg, Mathew Jonson, Frank Wiedemann (Âme live) and Mullaert himself.
> Save the Date: Immersiva Festival is coming to the CCD
“Immersive is an international Summit that gathers experimental practices of the fields of arts and science, based on virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed realities and several practices related to immersion”. For more than a week the CCD will become the meeting point between experts and curious alike, artists and makers interested in the alignment of immersive pieces, clinics, conferences, workshops and even computerized gastronomy sessions. See you there!
Inmersiva Festival 2. Other senses, other realities. From September 26-29 Centro de Cultura Digital. Program.
Kelly Moran’s summer has been filled with inspiration and new music. Taking advantage of the last days of heat and sun in Berlin, Kelly’s state in the world capital of Techno music has included jam sessions and recordings with Bibio during their visit to the booth of NTS Radio, where they recorded this session. This fall Kelly comes back to the United States with a few handpicked performances of Grand Piano A/V, including Edition 16 of MUTEK MX this November.
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13/09 – Expansions Vol. 11 @ Ex Fábrica de Harina.
Con DJ Delphis, Celice, Ed, Paurro y más.
Friday, September 13, 21:00 h.
Aquiles Serdán 106, col. Ángel Zimbrón.
14/09 – Conference: Duchamp, Borges and what lies ahead @ IFAL Casa de Francia
With Graciela Speranza. As part of a series of conferences named “Duchamp and the others”, as part of the program ‘Naked Appearance: Desire and the Object of the Work of Marcel Duchamp and Jeff Koons” coordinated by María Minera and presented by the Jumex Foundation and IFAL, Casa de Francia.
Saturday, September 14, 13:00 h.
Havre 15, Juárez. Free admission with registration: email@example.com
14/09 – Concerts session by El Nicho @ Casa del Lago
Batu killed it at Dekmantel, a new high-tech hallucination by Refik Anadol and a workshop to build your own VR Cardboard.
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This is what’s happening between August 13-18 in the road to MUTEK MX Edition 16:
> Machine Hallucinations, the new high-tech trip by Refik Anadol
Refik Anadol continues with an intense season of debuts all around the world, and just when the Artechouse platform announced that he will bring his installation Infinite Space to their Miami branch, they also started preselling tickets for one of the most ambitious immersive experiences ever created by Anadol to date, which will be debuted on the opening of a new space that will be used exclusively for multimedia innovative exhibitions: Machine Hallucinations, will debut on September 6 at the new Artechouse location, located in Chelsea, New York.
With Machine Hallucinations, Artechouse will become the first cultural space to use laser technology for projection with a 150-megapixel resolution in 16K accompanied by a L’ISA sound system with 32 channels used in order to create immersive and hyper-real soundscapes. Refik Anadol bolsters these tools with his unique mixture of data interpretation, Artificial Intelligence, 3-D sculpting and transformation of architectural environments, making Machine Hallucinations a synesthetic reality experiment that projects and transforms images from iconic buildings and spaces in New York, revealing the hidden connections between the city’s past, present and future.
“Anadol’s previous site-specific digital projections have been displayed at international cultural landmarks worldwide, but never before utilizing technology of this scale and caliber”, Artechouse stated. If you visit New York this fall, you know what to do first. And if not, Refik will come to Mexico City in November, with the debut of Melting Memories for our Edition 16. Get your tickets here.
> Watch an epic set from Batu in Dekmantel before his show at MUTEK MX
Batu is one of Dekmantel’s favorites, and for their 2019 edition, which happened just a couple of weeks ago, he played two sets, one to close the night on Saturday, the most important day at the festival, and a second one for Boiler Room on Sunday. On Saturday night, his distinctive mixing skills shined from 8 to 11 PM, gathering all the day’s energy, transforming into a dancing session that Resident Advisor considered among thetop-five performances of Dekmantel 2019, as well as Crack Magazine, which simply highlighted that set as the festival’s “stand out moment” in their review. Although (at the moment) we can’t listen to the legendary three-hour set from Saturday by Batu, his performance at the Boiler Room on Sunday is now available.
And as a reminder: Batu will return to Mexico City at the peak of this momentum, ready to smash the dance floor in our Edition 16, tickets here.
> Circle Of Live expands their creative waves, making use of dance and analogue gear
Feeding the surprise and novelty factor behind Circle Of Live, the platform expanded their distinctive live jams set amongst producers by adding the British dancer Nikita Goile (member of the National Dance Company of Wales) and the live vibraphone of Masayoshi Fujita for their live performance at the inauguration of Waking Life festival, where they performed on August 14. With a live analogue instrument and the energy of a dancer like Nikita, known in the contemporary dance circuit in Europe, due to her organic and timeless and heavily improvised dance style, Circle Of Live is faithful to their commitment of unrestricted creation and artistic freedom. In this session, electronic beats and jams were created by Johanna Knutsson, Leafar Legov, Sebastian Mullaert (COL founder) and Matt Karmil.
> The top 5 favorite tracks of the Russel brothers aka Overmono in Filter MX
“Their sound is exquisite, their breakbeats are addictive and they maintain an abrasive volume at all times through use of percussion, making it impossible to escape,” says Filter México about Overmono, the duo composed by Truss and Tessela (the brothers Tom and Ed Russell), while they present the 5 tracks that have influenced them the most, which you can listen tohere. And remember that Overmono is part of our Edition 16, get your tickets here.
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> DJ Stingray @ Yu Yu
Thursday, August 15, 22:30. Tickets: $350. Must bring ID 21+
> Conference: Technological disobedience and recycling @ CCD
If you are interested in knowing more about today’s technology from a critical and sustainable perspective in contemporary art practices, come to this conference with the multimedia artist Juanjosé Rivas, in which he explores concepts such as technological disobedience, programmed obsoleteness, technological recycling, cold and hot technologies, reverse engineering and sound recycling.
Friday August 16, 12:00 a 14:00. Centro de Cultura Digital.
Entrada libre – Todas las edades.
> Timedance MX presents Ploy, Phaedra, DJ Unfollow y SyrupFlowers @ Terminal
Timedance’s (Batu’s label) residence in Mexico presents a night programmed in collaboration with Ensamble. Ploy is the special guest from the UK, the label’s headquarters, he will be playing a set with new tracks and remixes alsoavailable in Bandcamp.
Saturday August 17, 22:00 h. Admission: $250 – Must bring ID
> DIY session in the Immersive Laboratory at CCD
Build your own Cardboard, DIY style, accompanied by the Immersive Laboratory Lab of the CCD. We recommend registering beforehand:http://bit.ly/DIYagoCCD19
Tuesday August 20, 16:00 to 18:00 h. Centro de Cultura Digital.
Mini-documentaries, interviews and our takeover at Aire Libre FM
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This is what’s happening July 23 to 29, on the road to MUTEK MX Edition 16:
Our takeover at Aire Libre FM: Listen to a playlist with commentary by Damian Romero, the director of MUTEK MX
Artist by artist, Damian Romero (the artistic director of MUTEK MX), will present a detailed walkthrough of all the sounds and immersive stimuli that are waiting for us this November with Edition 16. For two hours, you will get in-depth information from each and every one of the performances that will come to the festival this year while enjoying a carefully curated selection of tracks.
MUTEK MX Edition 16 x Resident Advisor: See the mini-documentary about Circle Of Live
From the serenity of his studio in the middle of the woods, producer Sebastian Mullaert talks about the ideas that inspired him to gather a group of producers under the name of Circle Of Live (COL), an initiative that seeks to transform the dancefloor experience from a fresh perspective, giving priority to improvisations and free jamming structure in which all participants are able to enter and leave the stage according to the night’s mood, conducting unique music and dancing sessions. While we find out how COL works live and how the perspective of all the people involved has shifted, Sebastian will invite us to be mindful at the club: Circle of Live is a collective space, created to keep us present and open to the surprises that each moment will bring, connected by listening and dancing.
Interview with Bendik Giske: restrictions to reach freedom.
One of the most fascinating artists that the European avant-garde has given us is, undoubtedly, Bendik Giske. This conversation with Tight magazine is an interesting recount of his life, from his atypical childhood to his decision to leave electronic instruments behind in order to make music using only his saxophone and the circular breathing technique. We recommend reading the interview while you listen to his magnificent album Surrender:
Unstoppable: Refik Anadol is nominated to the Lumen Prize 2019 and is the winner of the ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’ International Award
In addition to an intense season of unveiling pieces and immersive experiences in New York, Stockholm and Turkey, as well as participating in several technology and creativity festivals in Europe, the artist Refik Anadol has received very important nods from the industry: one award and one nomination. Just a few days ago,he received the Lorenzo Il Magnifico Lifetime Achievement Award, whereby UCLA recognized his trajectory as one of its most outstanding alumnus, andhe has also been included in the list of nominees for the Lumen Prize 2019 in the category of “Moving Image”. The Lumen Prize For Art & Technology was established in 2012 with the purpose of acknowledging and boosting the best art made with technology all around the world. The news confirms that Melting Memories, the installation that he will present in Edition 16, is an experience you simply can’t miss.
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Analogue summer: visit two locations from Edition 15
Throughout the rest of the summer, one of our favorite locations, the Tamayo Museum, will receive those seeking cutting-edge experiences to show their contemporary art collection, as well as current exhibitions,with guided visits, workshops and special visits. And if you want to disconnect from the city without leaving, the gardens of the Tamayo museum are at their greenest this time of year: the perfect shelter. If you visited the museum for the first time during the A/Visions 2 event from last year, you will be amazed by visiting it again during the day to discover all its exhibition halls. We can only tell you that the Diego Rivera collection and the architectural design are breathtaking. Here is a sneak peek:
With activities in cities throughout different cities throughout Latin America, the Free Arts, Science and Technology Transpiksel Festival comes back this summer with an active program in Querétaro y Mexico City. You can check outtheir full program on Facebook.
> Transpiksel – CDMX: July 25-27 / Querétaro: July 31 – August 2
> Algorave at Terminal
Saturday, July 27, 21:00 h.
Terminal Club Antisocial – Admission: $50 must bring valid ID
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This is the road to MUTEK MX Edition 16 from July 15th to 20th:
MUTEK Buenos Aires releases its First Wave of Confirmed Artists
A few days ago MUTEK Buenos Aires announced its First Wave of Artists for its Edition 3, to be held this September just after the 20th Anniversary of MUTEK Montreal and just before Mexico’s Edition 16. These 20+ artists represent MUTEK at its core: the new South American avant-garde is represented with Ale Hop (PE), IMAABS (CL) and Joaquina Salgado (AR) along with internationally renowned cutting-edge artists such as Hiroaki Umeda (JP) and Push 1 Stop & Wiklow (CA) who will present their most recent multimedia performances. Find all about MUTEK Buenos Aires here.
On the road to MUTEK Montreal’s 20th Anniversary: Nueve Vidas & Rimiyoho’s canadian premiere
One of the highlights of MUTEK MX Edition 15 definitely was Organismos oníricos, a performance by Nueve Vidas & Rimiyoho that will have its Canadian premiere in August, as part of the 20th Anniversary of MUTEK Montreal. Producer Luis Trasto aka Nueve Vidas specializes in analog modular synthesizer live performance (we have seen him behind huge Euroracks with duo Alias 616), while Fernando Sica aka Rimiyoho, illustrator and visual artist, mixes painting and graffiti techniques with digital tools for live visuals. This hybrid between analogue and digital processes makes the essence of Organismos oníricos, an audiovisual ecosystem that aims to reconnect us with the sacred. Nueve Vidas & Rimiyoho will share the stage with Deena Abdelwahed, Overmono, 404.zero, Bendik Giske, Circle Of Live, Ryoichi Kurokawa and Tim Hecker & The Konoyo Ensemble, artists that will also be performing in México City this November as part of MUTEK MX Edition 16.
Pedro Maia announces new A/V collaboration with Shapednoise for Berlin Atonal
In addition to a solid career that includes individual and collective exhibitions in places such as the Tokyo Contemporary Art Museum and Edinburgh’s International Film Festival, Pedro Maia has become one of the favorite video scenographers of festivals such as Unsound, Dekmantel and the extinct All Tomorrow’s Party. His abstract, emotional and vivid style is the result of combining analogue media such as film in 8 and 16 mm and live cinema with digital edition, and has become the perfect visual complement to the music of artists such as Robert Lippok, Shackleton, Tropic Of Cancer, Gala Drop and Fennesz. A few days ago, Pedro Maia announced the premiere of Aesthesis, a new A/V collaboration with Italian producer Shapednoise, which will be premiered at the end of August at Berlin Atonal festival. After this premiere and a summer mini-tour that includes presentations at Flow (Finland) and Visions (France) festivals, Vessel & Pedro Maia will arrive to Mexico City to present the Queen of Golden Dogs A/V performance for MUTEK MX Edition 16.
Refik Anadol’s new digital sculpture reinterprets data obtained from the Black Sea
After premiering Latent History in Stockholm and being called “The Leonardo Da Vinci of the 21st century” by the press, artist Refik Anadol returned to his home country, Turkey, to inaugurate a new piece. Black Sea is a digital sculpture that reinterprets the data collected by a high frequency radar that floated for a year over the most remote areas of the Black Sea coast; Through the use of AI and other digital media, Refik transformed the practice of ‘data visualization’ of the information collected on the radar into an aesthetic experience full of poetry and abstraction.
“Black Sea” data sculpture is specially prepared by Refik Anadol for Innoprom trade fair held on 8-11th of July, 2019, of which #Turkey is the partner country. pic.twitter.com/phGIx7kDSm
This series promoted by the CCD invites Mexican artists, dedicated mainly to sound and visual experimentation, to develop a live performance in resonance with the architectural spaces of CCD. Turning Torso, Enrique Arriaga and Malitzin Cortes are some of the artists who have participated in previous Mensajes Sonoros editions. This week, for the 12th edition of the series, the CCD presents the duo AMNL PRNT in collaboration with the visual artist Cirrina Lab (both projects were part of the Mexican artist representation at MUTEK MX in 2018). Mensajes Sonoros #12 can be enjoyed live from the Cinema Más Alla room or through the streaming channels of the CCD.
➤ Mensajes Sonoros #12
Thursday, July 18th – 20:00 h.
Centro de Cultura Digital – Free entrance – All ages
➤ Ableton Live Production Workshop
With Nicolás Guerrero aka White Visitation
Starts Wednesday July 17th – 19:00 h. – 6 sessions