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Matière Noire is a Paris-based creative studio leading new approaches to spacial design. Built on a network of parallel disciplines, our operation cultivates ambivalence, using observational methods to ground its intuitive impulses. Matière Noire is driven by an appetite for the undefined, the hypothetical, the intangible. Its process celebrates unexpected derivations, developing them into bespoke applications of cross-cultural collaboration.

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Spatial design studio
Light design

Untimely visitors drift upon a twilight beach, a blackened hole opens in a car park, exhausting into the atmosphere and afflicting a nearby town. This is the story behind MIASMA, a live AV installation by Hannah Rose Stewart and Blackhaine, combining dance, video, sound and light. The work incorporates 3D design, neo-noir film, and the Japanese dance theatre of Butoh to unearth sensations of dread, mourning, and alienation that are reflected in the shows light and space design. Isolating performers in theatrical beams of light, the lighting bridges the space between what is projected and what is performed, incorporating live bystanders into the piece’s unfolding.

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