MUTEK goes digital in 2020 as ‘NEXUS Experience,’ announces initial artists


MUTEK SF 2019, Courtesy: Bruno Destombes.

Electronica, audiovisual and digital art festival MUTEK will present a two-day online event called NEXUS Experience in place of its third-annual San Francisco gathering, producers announced this week, and tickets are available for a donation, with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to artists. They can be reserved now at MUTEK’s website.

NEXUS Experience will include visual performers and DJs on two stages, as well as installations in online galleries, a screening room of short films, artist workshops and a digital gathering place for attendees.

The music lineup for the festival, which will be held May 23 and 24, includes AAAA, Auscultation and Jason Worden, Drew McDowall and Florence To, Eichef, Force Placement, Francesco Tristano, Infinite Jess, Jasmine Infiniti and Cozy, Jensen Interceptor, Kris Baha and Multiple Man, Marpi, Minimal Violence, Nate Boyce, Patricia and Josephine Ravitz, Pelada, RP Boo, Selim X, Solar, Mozhgan, Synthestruct, The Creatrix, Very Much Romance, YobKiss and Pankow Visual Artists.

More artists will be announced in the coming week.

The festival will stream both days from 4 p.m. to midnight.

“When it became clear that our 2020 programming year was going to be delayed or potentially canceled due to COVID-19, we decided to look into new creative ways to present cutting edge electronic music, art and culture to the world,” MUTEK.SF Executive Director Miroslav Wiesner said in a news release. “We want to present a rich online experience that is interactive and engages our audience through both curated and community-generated content.”

Sponsors and partners for the event include playlist site Currents.FM, CODAME, Gray Area and SF Cinematheque.

During it’s first two years, in 2018 and 2019, MUTEK San Francisco included artists from numerous countries, but with a focus on U.S. artists. The event began in 2000 in Montreal, and over the years has spread to Mexico City, Barcelena, Tokyo and other metropolitan centers throughout the world.

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