Exploring the links between sound and matter, inert or alive; Martin Messier creates works that are embodied in complex performative, electromechanical and digital devices. Here he invites participants to a creative laboratory around his next group creation in line with his approach. The proposed exploration will focus on a work of choreographic instructions given live via a technological system of "in ears". The laboratory will put the participants in contact with this method, which was at the heart of the creation of Innervision, a work for 60 dancers presented outdoors during the Festival TransAmériques 2019.
The exploration will propose a direct immersion in this work mixing movement and technology while playing with the notions of control and freedom - of groups and individuals. How to maintain a certain freedom, as a group and as a performer, while being subjected to technology and instructions that one must follow?
May 24 to 28
2.15 p.m. to 6.15 p.m. (8 p.m.)
Location: Wilder Building
Studio: GBC / Les Studios, 4th floor
For more than fifteen years, Martin Messier has been creating works where sound, object and image meet. In the form of performances and installations, his creations - with choreographic accents - bring the presence of the body to the forefront. After studying composition at the Université de Montréal, he turned towards an experimental sound practice that integrates video images. He quickly created performative audiovisual devices that stage and question everyday objects and the sound potential of materials. Several collaborative projects have been realized over the years, notably with artists Nicolas Bernier, Caroline Laurin-Beaucage, Anne Thériault and Jacques Poulin-Denis. More recently, a brand-new performance project - ASHES - is the result of a first collaboration with French artist Yro (Élie Blanchard). Presented in some fifty countries, his works have won several awards: mention at the Prix Ars Electronica 2010, nomination for the Prix Opus 2012, Prix 2013 for experimental short film at the Lausanne Underground Film Festival, Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton prize of the Canada Council for the Arts in 2014, jury mention at the Japan Media Awards in 2015 and the World Omosiroi Award in Japan in 2018. Represented by Marc Langlois, he is also a member of the organization Perte de Signal. In 2010, Messier founded 14 lieux, a production company producing sound works for the stage, and has been its general and artistic director ever since. He lives and works in Montreal.