Martin Messier: Sewing Machine Orchestra

Behaviour 2012:

Martin Messier: Sewing Machine Orchestra

Sun 25 Mar 2012 | 4pm & 8.30pm | £7/£5

An audio-visual installation by the celebrated Montreal sound artist.

Entirely orchestrated by the acoustic noises produced by a fleet of 1940s sewing machines, amplified and processed by computers, Martin Messier has created a symphony with the power to transport the listener through their imagination, asking them to recall their own relationship to these small industrial wonders.

A composer, performer and video artist, Messier explores musique concrète through the manipulation of everyday objects – alarm clocks, pens, self-conceived machines and, now, sewing machines in a work of astonishing beauty and evocative power.

Based in Montreal, his work is led by a curiosity for graphic arts, exploring the relationship between sound and image to create audio performances, live electronics and installations which have been presented at festivals across the world such as Festival TransAmériques (Montreal), Bang on a Can (NY), Transmediale (Berlin) and Sonar (Barcelona, Chicago).

Messier then travels to FACT Liverpool for a performance and Q&A on Tue 27th March.

Why not make an evening of it?

7pm-8.15pm Robert Softley: If These Spasms Could Speak
8.30pm-9pm Sewing Machine Orchestra

Part of Behaviour 2012, the Arches’ festival of live performance. For more see HOW WE BEHAVE, the Behaviour blog documenting seven artists’ journey through the festival.