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19 May

Unheard sounds
Martin Messier

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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 numerous possibilities to connect outputs to inputs. In the continuous process of plugging and unplugging, Messier interacts with them, thus noise and light composition emerges. With Field, Messier gives power to the material otherwise inaudible and invisible.

Martin Messier is a composer, performer, and videomaker. If sound stands as the driving force of his work, Messier also quickly took an interest in the clash between electroacoustic music and other art forms as well as in artistic collaboration. That way, it is through the relationship between sound and material (objects or bodies) that Messier’s work takes shape. He gives life to sound through different objects such as alarm clocks, pens, and self-conceived machines. At the heart of this encounter between sounds and objects lies the idea of pushing the everyday imaginary a little further, of magnifying these objects by giving them a voice and by reinventing their function. At the center of the dialogue between sound and the body in movement, there is a desire to reverse the hierarchical relation traditionally established between music and choreography so that sound becomes the driving force of movement. In 2010, in order to have a platform for such kind of sound work, Messier founded “14 lieux”, a sound production company for performing arts.

Мартин Мессье

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