Starting with full dome presentations at the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday, the festival presents the shows Sphere
, by Robert Koch, and Indivisible
, by collective Susy.technology, and continues with ambient and DJ sets by Echo Beach, Joyfultalk, Solpara and Michael Claus. On Friday, the A/Visions 2 program includes METAL 41 interviewee and Warp Records pianist Kelly Moran (who’s debuting her immersive performance in the West Coast), a piece by Italian art studio Fuse* that mixes “aerial performance and technological prowess for a unique, visually striking experience”, and a performance by Dopplereffekt. Other A/Visions artists you shouldn’t miss are Freeka Tet and his work UV 101
, or the collaboration between Steve Hauschildt and Martin Tzonev.
On the late-night program, Nocturne, sounds and performances get obviously darker. On Friday, you can’t miss Gaika
, who’s debuting his A/V set in North America; the worldwide premiere of Chelley Sherman and Bleie, who present a show bringing together elements of alchemy and metaphysics representing micro to macrocosmic transformations; Kode9 in collaboration with Japanese visual artist Koji Marimoto presenting Diggin in the Carts
; or the always mysterious Amnesia Scanner, German innovator Byetone, Arpanet, or Smerz.
On Saturday, the party moves to Broadway Studios, and the artists participating include San Francisco-based Sepehr, premiering his show Dream Journal
; the West Coast debut of Halal & Relaxer (a collaborative live set between Aurora Halal and Daniel Martin-McCormick), who’ll mix playful and psychedelic tunes with bass-line driven grooves; Lara Sarkissian, a DJ, composer and filmmaker, in collaboration with Khatch; Detroit legendary duo Ectomorph
, or Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, the joint project of Vatican Shadow and Low Jack.
On Sunday, Mutek San Francisco closes its second edition with a twelve-hour program showcasing the rich variety within the digital art, music and technologic fields. Including dance floors, art installations, and even a culinary guest chef, be sure to make it to see The Hacker, who’ll present the A/V show Amato
, Marc Schroeder, Ecco Screen, Cyrnai, Oliver Ratsi, Tayhana, Legowelt, or Jens Vetter, among others.