Christian Messier

b. 1976, Canada

Christian Messier was born in 1976, currently living and working in Québec City where he completed his Masters degree at Laval University. Messier’s work has been presented in exhibitions and events in Québec (Rencontre Internationale dʼart performance de Québec, Manif dʼart 3, DSM -V+) as well as internationally in Poland, Ireland, Argentina, Cuba and France.

Performance by Christian Messier

FADO Performance Art Centre is pleased to present a new performance work by Christian Messier, on the opening evening of the 2008 7A*11D International Festival of Performance Art.

“The material in my performanceʼs work is the possibility of body. I create poetic structures of actions with this unstable language. Sometime I eat an onion to cry, drink beer and vomit later, use endurance, force or the flexibility of my body, make sound with my voice, light fire on myself, etc. This proximity of my own body is just help me to communicate the powerful flame that I feel when I create. But behind that raw love for art appear a rigorous logical structure who support the piece and let emerge sense. Now, there is a continuous strike between rigid sense and unstable sensation. What I am searching in art is this moment when in a piece, itʼs become impossible to mix or separate sense and sensation.”
~Christian Messier

7A*11D is a not-for-profit, artist-driven collective that curates and produces English Canada’s oldest ongoing biennial of performance art. 7A*11D was established in 1997 by a group of performance artists, collectives, and organizers, eager to develop a forum for performance art in Toronto. The first 7A*11D International Festival of Performance Art, in August 1997, presented the work of 60 local, national and international artists.

Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer