Avatar-MUTEK Residency 2023

Call for proposals

Avatar and MUTEK are once again joining forces to propose the Avatar-MUTEK Production and Presentation Residency 2023

This call for proposals is addressed to artists of all origins, residing in Canada. Only solo artists and duos will be considered. The selected artist or duo will be hosted by Avatar in the City of Québec for a production residency to create a performance piece. Artists can choose to develop a new original work or pursue a work in progress. Avatar and MUTEK are interested in receiving proposals for projects involving experimental sound practices such as the exploration of hijacking or instrument invention, modular synthesis, circuit bending or the development of software and electronic interface programming. This residency includes the presentation of the finished work during the 24th edition of the MUTEK festival, which will take place from August 22 to 27 in Montreal.

Deadline to apply: February 28, 2023

Residency conditions offered by Avatar:

  • Production fees: $2,200
  • The residency takes place from July 31 to August 25, 2023
  • Location : Avatar, Méduse (Québec city)
  • Accommodation and per diem for artists from outside the City of Québec
  • Travel (up to $1,000)
  • Technical support: 30 hours (pre-residency + residency)
  • Access to Avatar studios and equipment

Presentation conditions offered by MUTEK:
MUTEK offers optimal presentation conditions for artists. The exact venue and date of the performance will be determined by the programming team based on the work created. MUTEK will take place in Montreal from August 22 to 27, 2023.
The artist will receive a fee respecting the festival’s fee structure.
Transportation and accommodation are covered for artists from outside Montreal (duration depending on the date of the performance).
Each artist will receive a professional accreditation for the MUTEK Forum.

Interested artists are invited to complete the form, providing the following:

  • a bio or CV (max 4 pages)
  • a project description (max 1200 words)
  • examples of previous works (YouTube, Vimeo, web links, jpeg or pdf files)
  • documentation and/or sketch of the proposed project (YouTube, Vimeo, web links, jpeg or pdf files)

If you do not have access to the online form, please send your documents (texts and/or images/videos) by email (WeTransfer) to: [email protected]. The “Subject” of your email or WeTransfer should read:
Avatar-MUTEK Residency/Your Name.

For assistance, please use this same email address.
Forms must be completed by February 28, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

Avatar is dedicated to the research, creation, production, dissemination, publication, and circulation of audio and electronic artworks and artists.

To support creation, Avatar organizes projects, invites artists, reflects on practices, and encourages new collaborations through local and international networks. Located in the heart of Québec City, Avatar offers a venue for interactions and initiatives, explores new artistic terrains, and provides access to equipment and specialized skills.

Since its founding in 1993, Avatar has been an innovator in audio and electronic arts research in North America. At Avatar, audio and electronic creation covers a broad range of activities, including the creation of listening devices, the invention and circuit bending of instruments, sound installation, performance, radio art, and sound sculpture. Audio art crosses the fields of music, visual arts, and poetry and is open to hybrid forms of audible performance, sound excavations, and acoustic environments. Avatar also develops programming of custom-made software and electronic interfaces, as well as interactive and kinetic installation systems and telematic works.

Avatar hosts artists, researchers, thinkers, hackers, and students, listening to their needs and adapting itself to support the most unconventional artistic dreams.

MUTEK is a not-for-profit organization 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. The festival is conceived as a space for discovery and encounters which encourages exchanges between the public and the artists. Strongly established in the Montréal community, the festival supports local artists while inviting spectators to discover the best of foreign creativity.

In addition to musical and audiovisual performances of live electronic music as well as installations and digital works of art, the professional market MUTEK Forum offers conferences, workshops and discursive content related to creative, technological, social and societal issues, along with many networking opportunities.

Cosmic Deliquescence, Olivia Lathuillière – Avatar-MUTEK 2022 – credit: Stéphane Bourgeois

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