Martin Messier has been creating works that fuse sounds, objects and images for more than fifteen years. His performances and installations, with a clear choreographic background, place the body at the front line of the experience. After studying composition at the University of Montreal, he oriented himself towards an experimental sound practice that integrates image and video, and quickly began to develop performative audiovisual devices with everyday objects and the sound potential of materials. Over the years, Messier has carried out several collaborative projects with Nicolas Bernier, Caroline Laurin-Beaucage, Anne Thériault, Jacques Poulin-Denis and Yro (Elie Blanchard). Performed in more than 50 countries, his work has been widely praised and has received several awards. A member of Perte de signal, a self-managed arts center located in Montreal's Mile End, he also founded 14 lieux in 2010, a sound production company focused on the performing arts, where he serves as general and artistic director.
Martin Messier CA/QC — Elusive Matter
With Elusive Matter, a minimalist light and sound performance, Martin Messier transforms simple wisps of smoke into a veritable projection screen. In a room submerged in darkness, armed with a projector as his sole source of light, Messier draws a myriad of ghostly spaces, architectural shapes and dreamlike images from the intangible haze, juxtaposing light and sound in order to conjure atmospheres both ethereal and soothing.
Montréal’s Martin Messier, prolific founder of production company 14 lieux, blurs the boundaries between electroacoustic music, digital art, stage performance, visual installations and choreography.
Echo Chamber (2020)
Understated light and sound performance converting a smoke-filled room into a projection area, Elusive Matter fashions the intangible into a myriad of ghostly spaces and dreamlike shapes.