Montreal-based international festival of digital creativity MUTEK has announced the complete lineup for its first ever San Francisco edition taking place May 3-6, 2018.
The four-day event will feature a variety of Bay Area-based artists and influencers, including Oakland’s Russell E.L. Butler and Secret Sidewalk, San Francisco’s Article C, Austin Cesear, Bézier, Braille & Chelley Sherman, Christina Chatfield, Indy Nyles, Jackie House, Night Sea, Roche, Solar & CLAWS, Topazu, and Vague Terrain, as well as 8ULENTINA, Christopher Willits, DIBIA$E, Foozool, King Most, and Only Now. If you’re wondering why you weren’t invited to perform at MUTEK.SF, you probably missed the festival’s open call for project submissions last year.
In addition to its fresh roster of local talent, MUTEK.SF will also showcase a bevy of international acts including acclaimed Canadian experimentalist Tim Hecker and the North American solo live premiere of Moritz Von Oswald (Basic Channel, Maurizio, Rhythm & Sound). The lineup also includes 214, artificiel (Alexandre Burton & Julien Roy), Aux 88, Brian Reinbolt, Convextio, Craig Dorety, Debit & Giselle Zatonyl, Equiknoxx, Erik van der Molen, Francesco Tristano feat. Derrick May, Galaxy 2 Galaxy, Greg Zifcak, Jesse Woolston, Joanie Lemercier, Jonathan Beilin & Magnus Pind, Kyoka, Last Faith Studio & Subpac, Lee Gamble, Marpi, Matias Aguayo, Nonotak, Orphx, Perera Elsewhere, rRoxymore & Trece Cielos, Siete Catorce & Pecoo, Telefon Tel Aviv, Watkins & Peacock, and Woulg & Push 1 Stop.
The audiovisual showcase is a bit unlike any other music festival we’ve had in the city. First of all, the performances are organized into four distinct series. The obvious one is Nocturne, “which presents forward-thinking live electronic music in a club context.” The Nocturne series will kick off Thursday night at Bimbo’s 365 Club, moving on to Mezzanine on Friday and Saturday. Nocturne is also taking over the basement of the old San Francisco Mint on Saturday.
Aside from the Nocturne club nights, MUTEK.SF also offers a Digi Lab series “which presents panel discussions and technical education” and the A/Visions series “which presents large-scale audiovisual works in a variety of venues.” Thursday night’s Digi Lab and A/Visions programming takes place at the California Academy of Sciences, moving on to Gray Area Grand Theater on Saturday. A/Visions programming will also take place at Herbst Theatre on Friday, May 4. With more details to be confirmed, these venues may open the opportunity for some unique festival experiences including planetarium shows.
The festival closes on Sunday with Experience, a “twelve-hour day-into-night program” taking place at the Midway in Dogpatch, which includes “an immersive spatial listening space” called Envelop. MUTEK.SF will set up its headquarters downtown at Heron Arts, where Passport holders can “pick up materials, learn more information, and experience art installations.”
Four-day festival Passports are now on sale for $250, with a $450 Patron Passport option available. Ticketing for individual events will made available in the coming weeks, according to the MUTEK San Francisco ticket page on Eventbrite.