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 (PrixArs Electronica 2010, Prix Opus 2012, Best short experimental film award at the Lausanne Underground Film Festival 2013, Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton 2013 Award from Canada Council for the Arts).
With this project FIELD, Martin Messier assumes that it is possible to create sounds using electromagnetic fields of our environment. These residual and imperceptible electric signals are picked with electromagnetic transducer microphones, and become generators of the performance. On stage, he plays with two connections patches that offer many possibilities to connect many outputs to many inputs. By a continuous movement of plugging and unplugging, Messier interacts with them, thus noise and light composition emerges. With FIELD, Messier makes material this flow of power otherwise inaudible and invisible.
Martin Messier : concept, audiovisual composition, programming and performance
Interface : Thomas Payette
Technical design : Thomas Payette, Maxime Bouchard, Frédérique Folly
Production : 14 lieux
Martin Messier is represented by Marc Langlois, La Chasse Galerie, Montréal.