MUTEK is dedicated to the dissemination and development of digital creativity in sound, music, and audio-visual art. Its mandate is to provide a platform for the most original and visionary artists currently working in their fields, with the intent of providing an outlet of initiation and discovery for the audiences we seek to develop. MUTEK’s principal activity is the annual presentation of its namesake festival, which has taken place in Montreal since 2000. Since its first edition, the MUTEK festival has distinguished itself as an international rendezvous for original and avant-garde programming. In terms of content, the festival’s range is diverse, with interests in both the experimental and the playful sides of digital creativity. MUTEK’s programming intends to create a sonic space that can support innovation in new electronic music and digital art. This is a world of constant evolution and incessant refinement – the “MU” in MUTEK refers consciously to the notion of “mutation”.
Alain Mongeau / MUTEK Festival Montreal - Director
Alain Mongeau founded MUTEK festival in 2000 and has directed the development of the organisation and its related activities ever since. Over the years, MUTEK has become an essential North American reference point for exploring the intersection between electronic music, sound research, and digital creativity. It has also branched out in Latin America, with regular events held in Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.
From 1997 to 2001, Alain Mongeau directed the New Media division of the Montral International Festival of New Cinema and New Media (FCMM). Among Mongeau's other significant contributions to the field include his direction of ISEA95 Montreal, the sixth International Symposium of Electronic Arts. Following this mandate, he became the acting President of the Board of Directors of the Inter-Society for Electronic Arts, as well as Director of the organization's head office, which was based in Montreal from 1996 to the end of 2000. His functions within ISEA permitted him to better comprehend the stakes at hand in the globalization of digital creativity and artistic networks.
A Doctor of Communications, Alain Mongeau lectured from 1990 to 1993 on computer-based communications at the University of Quebec in Montreal. During these years, he developed numerous new media projects that were presented and prized in various international festivals.