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September 21, 2023
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MUTEK MX: #FrenteCatalán in collaboration with Institut Ramon Llull

Frente Catalán

This edition, MUTEK MX includes a special alliance with the creative community of Catalonia and, thanks to the collaboration with Institut Ramon Llull, presents the #FrenteCatalán, with five multidisciplinary artists who represent the avant-garde and creativity that is currently emerging in this region.

From live acts where the voice and Catalan lyrical tradition merge with digital media, through multimedia installations and transdisciplinary performances that are creating new dialogues between living arts and artificial intelligence, the #FrenteCatalán is a window to the artistic diversity of the region. With festivals such as MUTEK Barcelona, OFFF, ArtFutura, MIRA or the Ars Electrónica Garden and instances such as Hac Te, Hub of Art, Science and Technology, Catalonia is also an effervescent creative capital at a global level, with the that we extend a bridge across the #FrenteCatalán.

Just as in 2022 a representative selection of Catalan digital art was part of Ars Electrónica through the support of the Ramon Llull Institute, this year it will be MUTEK México Edition 19 that will receive the #FrenteCatalán, with five artistic proposals that can be enjoyed in two of the programs highlights of the festival: A/Visions 2 and #Nocturne360xKia:

Marina Herlop

In 2023, Marina Herlop's talent and charisma have taken the world by surprise. After her magnificent Prypyat (PAN, 2022) established itself as one of the most important experimental albums of that year, Marina embarks on an intense world tour with 25 dates and prepares the release of Nekkuja, her fourth album. In the midst of this whirlwind and as part of the #FrenteCatalán, Marina Herlop will give her long-awaited first concert in Mexico at the Anahuacalli Museum, as part of A/Visions 2 and in the company of her complete ensemble, which includes the two members of Tarta Relena.

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Tarta Relena

Also in their debut in Mexico as part of the #FrenteCatalán of this Edition 15, the duo Tarta Relena will contribute the warmest and organic side of #Nocturne360xKia. Helena Ros and Marta Torela unite their voices to transmute the oral tradition of the Mediterranean from an experimental sensibility , which resonates with followers of folk and classical music, as well as avid avant-garde ears alike. Tarta Relena will reconnect us with stories and cosmogonies in Spanish, Catalan, Greek, Latin, English and Sephardic from the purity of sound, curiosity and intuition. Unmissable.

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Alba G. Corral

Experience and experimentation are the creative forces behind the work of Alba G. Corral, one of the most influential and active multimedia artists and academics in the region. In addition to her famous audiovisual lives, where she creates stunning images in collaboration with renowned pianists, Alba is recognized for her multimedia installations. As part of the #FrenteCatalán, Alba will present one of her most representative installations within #Nocturne360xKia.

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Albert-Barque Durán aka Albert.DATA

As part of the #FrenteCatalán, Albert.Data comes with Slowly fading into data, one of the most complex and experimental performances that we will experience at #Nocturne360xKia. This piece, which since April has been transformed into a film, installation, video game and 360-degree dome , contrasts ideas and technologies to push reflection. With 8-bit music, artificial intelligence and other technological artifacts, Albert.Data creates an audiovisual and performative experience to explore profound concepts such as extended cognition and hybrid beings.

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In his work, the Catalan visual and sound artist Carlos Martorell aka Shoeg shows his observations on the relationship between humans and technology, through his skills in programming and various emerging technologies with which he triggers interactions between image and sound. As part of the #FrenteCatalán, Shoeg will perform alongside musician and producer Priori, in an audiovisual live powered by motion sensors and reactive environments that will highlight Priori's complex sound ecosystems and illustrate the contrasts between the organic and the synthetic, the intricate and the natural, the tangible and the hypothetical.

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