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This performance, co-presented with Alliance Française, will feature two Quebecois media artists. Martin Messier’s “Field” captures imperceptible electrical signals that become performance generators while the music in Myriam Bleau’s “Soft Revolvers” is generated by the motion of spinning tops.


I. FIELD by Martin Messier

With this project FIELD, 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 many possibilities to connect many outputs to many inputs. By a continuous movement of plugging and unplugging, Messier interacts with them, thus noise and light composition emerges. With FIELD, Messier makes material this flow of power otherwise inaudible and invisible.

Martin Messier concept, audiovisual composition, programming and performance • Interface Thomas Payette • Nathanaël Lécaudé Electronics • Technical design Thomas Payette, Maxime Bouchard, Frédérique Folly • Production 14 lieux • Support Canada Council for the Art for their support.

II. Soft Revolvers by Myriam Bleau

Soft Revolvers is an audiovisual performance for 4 spinning tops built with clear acrylic by the artist. Each top is associated with an ‘instrument’ in an electronic music composition and the motion data collected by sensors – placed inside the tops – informs musical algorithms. With their large circular spinning bodies and their role as music playing devices, the interfaces strongly evoke turntables and DJ culture, hip hop and dance music. LEDs placed inside the tops illuminate the body of the objects in a precise counterpoint to the music, creating stunning spinning halos. Soft Revolvers received a Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica in 2015.

Photo by Severin Smith
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By: New Adventures in Sound Art