Perfomance: Martin Messier and Yro at MUTEK Japan
ASHES is a new visual and sound performance originating from the first collaboration between Montreal artistMartin Messier and French artist Yro (Élie Blanchard). There was a crucial catalytic event at the origin of the work in 2017: the start of a fire in the studio’s storing space destroys the materials that were supposed to constitute the base of the project. Facing this situation, the artists are presented with an intuition: put the residues of the fire at the heart of their creation.
The piece is an exploration around the notions of waste, of disappearance and of disintegration, questioning the relations between the material and the immaterial, the incarnate and the sublimate, the destruction and the reconstruction. Two microscopes and photo/video cameras are used to project, live on two screens, the different matters deposited on luminous tables. The burnt matters are manipulated and transported according to very slow and precise movements, the projected images expressing the permanent dialogue of the performers and their interventions on the matter. The projected images express the permanent dialogue of the performers and their interventions on the matter. Their movements on the scene bring them to cross path and interact from one microscope to another, therefore creating a meticulous choreography, almost clinical. Simultaneously, the soundly matters are also liberated by gestures and movements from the performers, resonating with the visual contents.
ASHES reminds us that the world’s matter, perceived on a microscopic level, is never anything other than a universe emerging, a remnant of itself. By questioning the relations between the material and the immaterial, the incarnate and the sublimate, the destruction and the reconstruction, ASHES transforms a daily circumstance in a complex field of reflection. Opening a landscape for a new materiality.
The duo are performing at MUTEK Japan on 1st November 2018
Text by CLOT Magazine (Twitter @clotmagazine)