For more than 15 years, Martin Messier has created work that pushes the everyday imaginary into new terrain, magnifying entities by giving them a voice and reinventing their function. He also produces collaborative work that melds dance and music. At the centre of Messier's dialogue between sound and bodies in motion, is a desire to flip the customary hierarchy associated with music and choreography, making sound the driving force of movement. Messier has presented his multidisciplinary work at esteemed events in more than 50 countries, including Berlin’s transmediale, Barcelona’s Sónar and Paris’s Nemo. He has also been nominated or received special mentions or awards in Austria, Canada, Japan, and Switzerland. In 2010, he founded 14 lieux, a sound production company for performing arts to give sound work a platform on the art scene.
The Echo Chamber is inspired by the ultrasound machine, and like that device, Messier probes beneath the surface of the tangible to map our subconscious. This live audiovisual performance will premiere at MUTEK, where The Echo Chamber rumbles, vibrates and pulsates, while the artist scrutinizes and inspects matter using sound and light. Membranes, needles, sensors—all are elements that take us into a fantastical laboratory where sound and light shape the imagery of our psyche.
Martin Messier is a sound artist, performer, and composer who is the founder, and general and artistic director, of sound production company 14 lieux.
Innervision (2019), Ashes (2017), Impulse (2017), Field (2015), BOÎTE NOIRE (2015)
Martin Messier has used a variety of objects, including alarm clocks, sewing machines, film projectors, pens, and machines of his own design, to craft his work.