Martin Messier “Boîte Noire”


With BOÎTE NOIRE (Black box), Martin Messier puts a beam of light, projected into a large transparent prism, into sounds and movements. Trying to define the edges of this elusive element, he materializes the extension of its shapes and decomposes its frequencies.

In a dark room, the spectator sees and ears the development of the white specter: its contradictions and distensions, its curves and lines, its appearances and disappearances. It is as if the box, filled with ghostly signals, was containing pieces of past events and with his installation, Messier invites the public to put history back together.

Exploring the relationship between sound and material (objects or bodies), Martin Messier takes an interest in staging sound works. It gives voice to everyday objects, invented machines and bodies in movement.

At the heart of his performances and installation works is the idea of pushing the everyday imaginary a little further by reinventing the function of the objects.

At the center of his choreographic works, there is a desire to reverse the hierarchical relation usually tied between music and choreography so that sound becomes the driving force of movements.

Presented in a score of countries, Messier has won several nominations and awards (Prix Ars Electronica 2010, Prix Opus 2012, Best short experimental film award at the Lausanne Underground Film Festival 2013, Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton Award 2013).


Martin Messier Artistic Director, Concept, Music • Étienne Després Visual• Maxime Bouchard, Frédérique Folly, Thomas Payette Technical directors • Nathanaël Lécaudé Electronics • Martin Messier Photo credit • Production 14 lieux• Support Canada Council for the Art for their support

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