Open call for the MUTEK.JP AI Music Lab

Leading up to the festival from November 8th to 18thMUTEK.JP will collaborate with Gamma Festival and EDGEof to lead a multidisciplinary laboratory using artificial intelligence in the creation of sound and music in Tokyo.

The AI Music lab will gather musicians, composers, sound artists, musicologists, programmers, researchers, engineers and curators alike to jointly explore the intersection of artificial intelligence and art. The framework will be guided by lectures and workshops introduced by notable professionals such as curators, AI experts, new media researchers, seasoned musicians and sound artists. The goal is to unpack concepts about artificial intelligence, explore our connections with AI and breakdown stereotypes, but, above all, the project wishes to extend the specialized field of AI to artists and creatives who would like to interact more with this emerging technology. 

The application of AI during the lab uses three musical approaches with relevance to Japanese culture: Soundscape composition, Noise music and Techno music production. Ultimately, the best results will be presented at the upcoming instalment of MUTEK.JP festival on December 11-15, 2019. 

The call for applications for the MUTEK.JP AI Lab is now open to local and international artists. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, September 20th, and the results will be announced on Friday, September 27th. The selection of the lab participants will be carried out after careful evaluation of their portfolios (in English or Japanese) and brief motivation letters (in English).

Participation in the lab is free for the selected candidates. Participants will need to bring their personal computers with adequate computing power to the lab. The main language of the lab is English with selected talks being held in Japanese. Any local or international transportation, accommodation costs or living expenses remains needs to be covered by the participants. MUTEK.JP provides visa application support, if necessary, and the invitation of the best lab participants to present their work at the festival.



Curator: Natalia Fuchs (ARTYPICAL), Maurice Jones (MUTEK.JP)

Conceptual Artists: Helena Nikonole, Kazuya Nagaya

Facilitators: Peter Kirn (CDM), Natalia Soboleva



Venue Partner: EDGEof

R&D Partner: Qosmo Inc.

Strategic Partner: GAMMA_LAB AI

Academic Partner: Keio University


Schedule Summary

Open Call: August 29 – September 20, 2019

Deadline for submission: September 20, 2019 23:59 JST

Results:  September 27, 2019

Lab: November 8 – 18, 2019

Festival: December 11 – 15, 2019


Application Procedures

Send your portfolio (English or Japanese) and motivation letter (English only) to >><<


About the Team


Natalia Fuchs – ARTYPICAL

Natalia Fuchs is new media researcher, art historian, international curator and cultural producer. She was graduated from the University of Manchester (MA Cultural Management), UK, and from the Danube University (MA MediaArtHistories) in Austria. Between 2009 and 2013, she was developing the Media Forum at the Moscow International Film festival, and art fair Vienna Contemporary. 

In 2013 Natalia has founded art relations practice ARTYPICAL, and then was appointed as Curator of the Polytechnic Museum (Moscow) — where apart from the exhibitions (“Earth Lab” co-curated with Ars Electronica, “On the Origin of the New” at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and others), she curated Polytech.Science.Art interdisciplinary program in 2013-2016. In 2015 program received diploma of the Ministry of Culture as “The best educational museum project” in Russia. In 2016-2018 Natalia Fuchs was curator, head of the multimedia art department and deputy director of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow, Russia, where she launched TECHNE platform for innovative art. 

Starting from 2017, Natalia is also teaching Media Art History at the Moscow State University (World Art History department) and Art&Science at the ITMO University. Her latest international projects include an exhibition of technological art “Open Codes – Living in Digital Worlds” at the ZKM Center for Art and Media (co-curated with Peter Weibel) in Germany. Currently Natalia Fuchs is curator and co-producer of GAMMA festival taking place annually in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and Advisor for Barbican Centre (London, UK) for the “AI: More Than Human” exhibition dedicated to the Artificial Intelligence and to be launched in May 2019.


Maurice Jones – MUTEK.JP

Maurice Jones is an international curator and cultural diplomacy researcher based in Tokyo, Japan. Following ventures into journalism and business consultancy, he has been producing, curating and communicating the electronic music and digital arts festival MUTEK.JP following its arrival in Tokyo in 2016. As MUTEK.JP’s Artistic & Communications Director, he is committed to the promotion of electronic music and digital art in Japan and the wider region of East Asia. 

Holding an MA in International Studies from Leiden University, he’s heavily invested in exploring the interconnection of art, music, science and technology and its impact on societal progress, public policy and intercultural exchange on a global scale.

In 2018 Maurice also became one of the founders and activists of United Curators, created for curating a new generation of interdisciplinary art projects, together with Natalia Fuchs (ARTYPICAL).


Helena Nikonole

Helena Nikonole is a media artist and educator whose work explores intersections of art and technologies such as Artificial Intelligence or Internet of things. According to Nikonole, an artistic exploration of the potential possibilities (and also potential risks) of technologies like Machine Learning is necessary to understand the context of modern technologically and media determined world.

She presents lectures and workshops in the field of Art&Science, Neural Networks in arts and new media art at different institutions including Rodchenko Art School (Moscow), Art Laboratory (Berlin), Institute of Philosophy (Russian Academy of Sciences) and National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Moscow)Exhibitions include “Persisting Realities” in the frame of CTM Festival (Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany), “Open Codes” ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, “The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennial”, “New Codes of Art”, ELECTROMUSEUM (VI Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art), PolitechScienceArt exhibition at GARAGE Museum Moscow, “Earth Lab” (The Polytechnic Museum and Ars Electronica Center collaborative project), “101” Mediapoetry Festival (St. Petersburg) and many others.


Kazuya Nagaya

Singing bowls, bronze bells and gongs resonate through the mindful layers of Kazuya Nagaya’s ambient music. Rooted in Buddhist (Zenshu) philosophy and Japanese sensibilities, Nagaya’s compositions are immersive and draw on both the traditional and contemporary. This has led him to work with a wide range of collaborators that include Tibetan Buddhist Monks, artists such as Plastikman and Iris Van Herpen, and also to perform regularly in acclaimed festivals such as MUTEK.JP. His first album, “Utsusho”, was released in 1999 and later re-released with Minus. His most recent album, “The Microscope of Heraclitus,” was  released with Indigo Raw in 2018. As an award winning writer, Nagaya also allocates his time to writing Japanese works and teaching courses at Shirayuri University in Tokyo.


Peter Kirn – Create Digital Music

Peter Kirn is an electronic musician and media artist. His music spans experimental and club music, with releases on Detroit Underground, Snork Enterprises, Instruments of Discipline, his own Establishment, and upcoming on Kotä Records. That has found his music everywhere from NY Fashion Week to contemporary dance to spatial sound to fetish-fueled techno nights. He has built and writes daily at CDM (, a home for electronic music making and live sound and visuals, and co-creates the MeeBlip hardware synthesizer. As a speaker on expressive technology and host of collaborative laboratories for music and performance, he has worked with TED, European Space Agency, SONAR+D, MUTEK, GAMMA, and others, and continues to direct the MusicMakers Hacklab with CTM Festival.


Natalya Soboleva

Natalya Soboleva is member of the Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, an intern researcher at the laboratory of the “Informatics and Management” Federal Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Participant of various projects related to artificial intelligence and machine learning, such as automatic trajectory planning, the task of recognizing emotions using electroencephalograms, and others.