2014 YACTAC Gallery, Vancouver, Canada / How To Settle A Payment On A Horse
2006 The Petri Dish Gallery, Vancouver, Canada / When I Was A Pizza Delivery Boy In Korea


2018 Render International Music Video Festival, Vancouver, Canada / Vancity Theatre
2017 CICA Museum, Seoul, Korea / International Exhibition on New Media Art
2017 Index Art Center, Newark, New Jersey / Filmideo Festival
2016 CICA Museum, Seoul, Korea / Experimental Film And Video Exhibition
2014 Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada / Sound installation with Vancouver Electronic Ensemble
2014 House Games, Jyvaskyla, Finland
2014 Toronto International Art Fair (via Franc Gallery), Toronto, Canada
2014 Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, T.I.M.E. presented by Vancouver International Jazz Festival, VIVO, and Creativ BC
2014 Video Drunk Fest, Toronto, Canada
2013 Yogiga Expression Gallery, Seoul, Korea / Big
2013 ㅋㅋ Gallery, Seoul, Korea / Crazy Multiply
2008 Autumedia Festival, Newport, USA (second place in juried exhibition)


2018 Music video for Jo Passed commissioned by Sub Pop Records.
2016 Andrea Young: EXO/ENDO presented by Vancouver New Music
2016 Queer Songbook Orchestra
2014 Erato Ensemble
2010 Standing Wave Ensemble
2009 Gamelan Si Pawit


2018 Cica Museum New Media Art 2018 book
2017 Artspeak 30 Years of Laughs
2015 Magenta Magazine Flash Forward photography book


2018 Leo Award nomination for Best Visual Effects In A Dramatic Series
2017 Canadian Songwriting Competition finalist
2015 Honourable Mention, Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Photography Competition
2011 Canada Council for the Arts project grant
2008 Second place, Autumedia Festival


2015 w/ we just stole a car and Gamelan Si Pawit as part of The New Bronze Age presented by the Western Front
2014 w/ Vancouver Electronic Ensemble at the Contemporary Art Gallery presented by Vancouver New Music
2014 as a solo performer part of group exhibition/performance at T.I.M.E. presented by the Vancouver International Jazz Festival
2012 w/ Vancouver Electronic Ensemble performed “mini polytopes” with the at The Scotiabank Dance Center in Vancouver,
BC as part of Vancouver New Music’s Xenakis Festival
2010 w/ Anthony Braxton's Sonic Genome Project as part of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Cultural Olympiad
2010 w/ Gamelan Si Pawit performing music by John Cage and Jon Siddall as part of the onetwothreefourfivesixseven series.
2009 w/ Gamelan Si Pawit and Aventa Orchestra performing Gilles Tremblay’s piece for gamelan and orchestra, Arbre de Borobudur, veeat the Squamish Liluwat Cultural Centre in Whistler, BC, as part of New Music in New Places
2009 w/ large group featuring Evan Parker, François Houle, Benoit Delbecq, Barry Guy, Raymond Strid and Quatuor Bozzini performing improvisations and pieces by Barry Guy at The Vancouver International Jazz Festival.


2012 School of Visual Arts, New York
2010 - 2011 Private composition study with Benoit Delbecq (thanks to support from the Canada Council for the Arts)
2007 - 2010 Vancouver Community College School of Music
2005 - 2006 Yonsei University, Seoul Korea
2004, 2006 University of British Columbia


John Mutter is a Vancouver-based artist, photographer, director, producer, and composer.  He is an active performer of both improvised and composed music, and is the leader of experimental alternative ensemble we just stole a car and alt-pop projects JOHN MUTTER w/ WAR DOGS and JOHN MUTTER WAS RAISED BY WOLVES.  He studied composition with Giorgio Magnanensi and Jon Siddall in Vancouver and with Benoit Delbecq in Paris after receiving a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.  He also studied visual art at the University of British Columbia and The School of Visual Arts in New York city.  He has exhibited photo and video work internationally in critically acclaimed solo and group shows.

John was selected to perform as part of Anthony Braxton’s Sonic Genome Project at part of the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Other highlights include performing at the Vancouver New Music Festival and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival as both a solo artist and member of a large ensemble, and a feature performance for his group we just stole a car at The Western Front. John has been commissioned to compose work for Toronto’s Queer Songbook Orchestra, The Blanket Orchestra, and Andrea Young and had work performed by Erato Ensemble, Standing Wave Ensemble, and Gamelan Si Pawit.

Complete list of compositions can be found here


2018 Music video for "Glass" by Jo Passed.  Commissioned by Sub Pop / screened at Render International Music Video Festival (Vancouver, 2018)

2018 Music video for "It's The Sun That Stays (When Everything's Done)"

2018 Music video for "WORLD WAR THREE LOOKS BLEAK"

2018 Music video for "YOUNG TURKS (A Rod Stewart Cover)

2016 "How To Protect What Is Important To you" / screened at Index Art Center's Filmideo festival (Newark, New Jersey 2017)

2016 "How To Avoid Being Detected"  / screened at CICA Museum's Experimental Film and Video Festival (Seoul, Korea 2016)

2016 "How To Establish a Vantage Point" 


2016 "My Dad" 

2015 "Spring - Pax Calx" 


2014 "JOHN MUTTER WAS RAISED BY WOLVES - Come On And Give Us A Shot" 

2014 "How To Stop Worrying" / screened at YACTAC Gallery (Vancouver)

2014 "How To Erase The Past" / screened at YACTAC Gallery (Vancouver), VIDEO DRUNK FEST (Toronto, Canada), and the Toronto International Art Fair (via Franc Gallery)

2014 "How To Escape From Being Tied To A Chair" / screened at YACTAC Gallery (Vancouver), the Toronto International Art Fair (via Franc Gallery) and GIF FEST (Vancouver) 

2014 "How To Settle A Payment On A Horse" / screened at YACTAC Gallery (Vancouver), VIDEO DRUNK FEST (Toronto, Canada), and the Toronto International Art Fair (via Initial Gallery [now 'Franc Gallery'])

2014 "How To Dig Up A Grave" / screened at YACTAC Gallery (Vancouver) and the Toronto International Art Fair (via Franc Gallery)

2014  "How To Stop Worrying" / screened at YACTAC Gallery (Vancouver)

2014  "How To Relax And Relive Old Memories" / screened at HOUSE GAMES (Jyvaskyla, Finland)   

2014  "JOHN MUTTER WAS RAISED BY WOLVES - Up The Hill We Come"  / screened at YACTAC Gallery (Vancouver)

2014  "John Mutter Interviews A Gorman" 

2013 "DOKTOR KITTYKAT - Heist"

2011 "개인 건축"

2008 "we just stole a car - '7'" / screened at Autumedia Festival