Save the date for the 4th Edition of MUTEK.JP
The fourth edition of MUTEK.JP prepares for return to Shibuya on December 11–15, 2019. After 2 orbits in sonic exploration at the high-tech museum “Miraikan”, it’s back to land among the frenzied pace, layered whirs and famed city bustle where MUTEK.JP sprung up from in 2016. The latest redevelopments in the city of Shibuya have laid out the groundwork to act as Japan’s core for cutting-edge tech and socio-cultural innovation and it is primed for international recognition as a hub.
MUTEK.JP’s intrinsic shift back to the modern core follows a long-term vision to strengthen international ties by 2020 with the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games, which coincides directly with the fifth anniversary of MUTEK.JP next year. MUTEK.JP flourishes –within hyperlocal and global spheres– as an institution situated in East Asia with the mandate to bridge disciplines and offers a platform fostering cross-cultural exchange through digital art and electronic music.
MUTEK.JP has curated a lineup that will cast a light on artists from East and Southeast Asia. During the 5-day 2019 festivities, MUTEK.JP will delve into a range of fields and topics in its performative and discursive program. The first focus will revolve around artificial intelligence and the technology used in the realm of art and music. Another focal point lies within a household segment on immersive environments. The festival will resume A/V explorations in augmented reality, virtual reality and full-dome environments to engulf viewers into the minds of artists. Over the years, MUTEK.JP has continually strived to provide an open creative playground for all. Diversity, inclusion and safe spaces are all central topics within the festival’s panel discussion to bring forward social impact and creating an open and welcoming festival atmosphere.
MUTEK.JP 2019 prepares for landing in close proximity to Shibuya station. The command center of the festival is in a mid-size venue at the Shibuya Stream Hall featuring the Nocturne series. The freshly renovated Shibuya Koukaido will reopen its doors in October and will present the A/Visions series, which will be the most experimental and immersive performances of the festival. As for all-nighters, Liquidroom will be the weekend playground for night owls. The discourse segments for this year will invite the urban hive mind into the Hikarie Hall B, the Stream Hall and a special program at EDGEof.