Martin Messier (CA) Sewing Machine Orchestra

performance and artist talk

Sewing Machine Orchestra (2011)*, an entire orchestra made up of 8 Singer sewing machines from the 1940's. A performance where the leading role is assigned to the amplified orchestration of the acoustic melodies of Singer sewing machines. This melodic noise which captures the imagination and tickles the auditory system, immerses us with its evocative powers into memories of old industrial marvels. The press often coos them as “The eight little singers”, those charming ladies patiently “humming a hymn to the tangential possibilities of everyday objects“. Martin Messier doesn’t sew in front of his audience; he resuscitates old Singers put asleep years ago in order to release, in some magical ways, the luminous and sonorous presence of the past. The sound of his orchestra carries his audience to a dreamlike universe and after years of silence gives voice to the surviving hum of the industrial era.

audio, performance, programming: Martin Messier
electronic: Samuel St-Aubin
production: 14 lieux, perte de signal

This creation was made possible with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
This presentation is made possible with the help of Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

organizers: Culture Development Association “URK” + Mochvara Club & KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis
curators of Mochvara Gallery: KONTEJNER | EnaHodžić, Ivana Jelača & Tereza Teklić
technical team: Andrija Santro & Hrvoje Horvat
media partners: H-alter, Kulturpunkt, Radio Student
supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb - Municipal Office for Education, Culture and Sport

Martin Messier (CA)

Martin Messier (CA), composer, performer and new media/video artist from Québec. Messier is renowned for his esthetic which can be defined as complex, left field and a happily strange sound and rythm amalgam, through which he is constantly playing with construction and deconstruction. His audio performances, live electronics, installations, videomusic, music for dance and theatre have been presented in national and international festivals such as Mutek (Canada), Festival TransAmériques (Montreal), Bang on a Can (New York), Transmediale (Berlin) and Sonar (Barcelona).


Pogon Jedinstvo (Zagreb)

performance and artist talk: 25.and 26.3.2014. at 20.00h @ large hall of Pogon Jedinstvo.
free entrance
Limited number of spaces available for both performances. Please reserve your space by 6pm on the day of the performance at the following e-mail address: