Martin Messier is an audiovisual artist in the truest sense of the word. For over 15 years, the Canadian has been creating works that seamlessly integrate sound with visual elements and physical objects. Whether presented as a performance or as an installation, his oeuvres have a physical, theatrical or even choreographic nature - it’s no coincidence that the company he founded in 2010, 14 lieux, specialises in producing sound for the stage.
'Echo Chamber' is his latest work, inspired by two differing medical practices, ultrasound and acupuncture. Using self-created performance apparatus - three panels equipped with auto-reactive sound-generating plates and long needles that are wielded like instruments - Messier stages a show that explores resonance, light and shadow and the body itself. The needles are used to pierce the panels, generating specific sound sequences, while the stark lighting design alternatively illuminates or casts shadows over the entire performance. At other points, the panels become projection screens, transposing Messier’s movements into murky shapes, or displaying electrical charges, Messier’s approximation of a view from inside the body.