May Waves Rise From Its Floor is a film based performance work created by Matthieu Hallé that uses a 16mm film projector custom-modified to combine 16mm film with a live video feed of candlelight manipulated with handheld pieces of glass and breath.

In-effect, the candlelight becomes a responsive and dynamic light source that illuminates the original 16mm film, allowing each screening to be an improvised live event, ideally accompanied by live improvised music.

This visual instrument was designed and realized in collaboration with electronic artist Phil Schleihauf.

The building of the instrument and the creation of the original 16mm film partly took place as a part of the PIX FILM and Liaison of Independent Filmmakers Toronto (LIFT) Studio Immersion Program.  

The title comes from Xi Chuan’s poem Send Your Flock to the Sea.

Past performances:

- November 30th, 2018 in Ottawa, ON at General Assembly with Linsey Wellman on baritone saxophone. 

- December 7th, 2018 in Toronto, ON at Pix Film Gallery with Eschaton (Connor Bennett on saxophone/electronics and Aaron Hutchinson on trumpet/electronics/percussion/synths.

- December 8th, 2018 in Montréal, QC at Black House with Jennifer Thiessen on viola d'amore.


Matthieu gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Petman Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Ottawa, and Saw Video.