MUTEK Montréal 2019: Old and New

Three standouts from an event that melds tech, music and visual art

Flying just under the major festival radar, Montreal’s MUTEK boasts a weeklong schedule of avant-garde programming at the intersection of technology, music and audiovisual art. It’s an event that defies the summer festival standard. To celebrate its 20th anniversary this year, MUTEK delivered an appropriately extraordinary line-up of both world-renowned and emerging artists. This is MUTEK’s strength: mixing the established with the vanguard and transforming …

The End of Volkswagen Beetle Production

From an emblem of the ’60s to a global design icon, the Volkswagen Beetle surmounts the reputation of almost all other automobiles. The historic car’s identity, proportions and curves changed over time as more than 21 million units sold. This year, however, marks the end of the Beetle, as VW halts production at its Puebla, Mexico plant. Only time will tell if this is merely …

Tokyo Exhibition Celebrates 40 Years of the Walkman

First released in July 1979, the SONY Walkman changed the way we listen to music—and launched a genuine cultural revolution. Celebrating “The Day the Music Walked” is a new exhibition in Tokyo that traces the Walkman’s history, from cassette to CD versions to current iterations. There are 40 personal stories from well-known individuals for a section called “My Story, My Walkman” and a Walkman Wall …