Avant-garde artwork, all-night audiovisual shows, and virtual workshops. These are just a few of the offerings at this year’s fifth annual MUTEK AR International Festival of Digital Creativity in Buenos Aires from Thursday through Saturday.
Among those participating will be Amplify D.A.I., a network of 95 female artists from Canada, Latin America, and the United Kingdom working with the British Council and others to further gender dialogue and equity. Artists include Luran, Flo Pasquali, 1ND14, Plantasia, reginaceii, Próxima Cen, Elypsis, Kardaver, and Confirm Humanity. Sian Fan, whose interdisciplinary pieces have appeared at the Tate Modern in London, will also be leading a workshop about the production of art in the digital era via Zoom.
The MUTEK festival consists of a series of “plays” at Artlab in Chacarita. The first, on Thursday, will showcase the artists Trimex, Esteban González & Fernando Molina, and Kyeg. The second, on Friday, features Rocio Morgenstern, Laila Maiz, and Magali Suescun. The third, on Saturday, displays the work of Lito Vitale, Flo Pasquale, and Sáccea.
A total of 32 artists will participate in these plays, and each will run from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
MUTEK is more than just its evening exhibitions, however. On Friday and Saturday, there will be all-night audiovisual productions at the nightclub Under Club and the cultural space Deseo, respectively. The first will be headlined by Symi, Laura Fuchs, and Depuratumba; the second by Deseo, Jorge Haro, and Outro. These immersive productions, involving more than a dozen artists, will run from 11:00 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning.
General admission for the plays and all-night shows costs AR$10,000 each (approximately US$29 at the official exchange rate, US$13 at the MEP dollar exchange rate) and can be purchased here. Digital labs (Friday at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday at 6:00 p.m.), Sian Fan’s workshop (Friday at 3:00 p.m.), and a conversation about music and technology led by FUTURX’s Nicolás Madoery (Saturday at 3:30 p.m.) are all free of charge.
MUTEK is a not-for-profit that promotes digital creativity in music and audiovisual art. It focuses on supporting “the most original and visionary artists currently working in their fields,” according to its website.