THE DIATOMIST is a short documentary about Klaus Kemp, master of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement.
Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification.The best of these arrangements are stunning technical feats that reveal the hidden grandeur of some of the smallest organisms on Earth. Klaus Kemp has devoted his entire life to understanding and perfecting diatom arrangement and he is now acknowledged as the last great practitioner of this beautiful combination of art and science. THE DIATOMIST showcases his incredible work.
Soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bernard Herrmann and Cults Percussion Ensemble.
MATTHEW KILLIP is an English filmmaker living in New York. His documentaries have been broadcast on UK television and exhibited in festivals including Sundance and True/False.
1. Experimental Film Festival Portland 2013
2. Audiovisioni digitali / Scicli (Italy) #1 - Mostra internazionale di ricerche audiovisive 2013
3. Festival Art Deco de Cinema, Sao-Paulo, 2013
4. Festival “Filmideo 2013”, Index Art Center, Newark, USA
5. Festival Miden 2013, Athens (at parallel screening program “Move In(space)”)
6. 9th Cologne International Videoart Festival 2013
7. Oslo Screen Festival 2014
Audiovisual Installation // Audio-Reactive Visuals + Synchronized EL Wire light cables.
Presented at AXA building / Porto (September 12, 2014).
*This video is a live recording from the video projection. It only includes the visuals, the entire installation (projection + EL WIRE cables) unfortunately was not recorded in good quality. :(
You can check the pictures with the entire installation site here :
Martin Messier’s Projectors is a surgical work of art in which he orchestrates the engineering, manipulation and distortion of 8mm projectors under the lights of a digital projector. Through a tight stage lighting and the resynthesis of the 8mm projectors’ quasi-mythical roar, the machines come alive outside of the projection room and turn into bizarre and explosive noise mechanisms. All at once offbeat, unfamiliar and marvelously incongruous, this performance leads the public to a timeless universe, somewhere between dialogue, confrontation and technological contrast. Here, the projectors do not project: Everything but discrete, they take action and become the performance itself – loud and luminous.
Martin Messier : Artistic Directors, Performance, Video, Light, Music
Technical Directors : Maxime Bouchard
electronics : Jean-FranÇois Piché, Maxime Bouchard
Technical Design: Thomas Payette
Photo credit : Maxime Bouchard
Production : 14 lieux
La chasse galerie, Marc Langlois
Aknowledgements: Perte de signal
Thanks to the Canada Council for the Art for their support
3Destruct an audiovisual installation by Yannick Jacquet, Jeremie Peeters, Thomas Vaquié
Filmed at: Scopitone Festival / Le Lieu Unique / Nantes / France, October 2011
Management & production: Antivj, Nicolas Boritch
while trapped in Timisoara in a lovely rainy monday