The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and ACMI present: Angelica Mesiti's 'The Calling'

The inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image Commission was awarded to Angelica Mesiti in December 2012 for a work entitled The Calling, which focuses on whistling languages; ancient forms of non-verbal communication which are still used to communicate in isolated and difficult landscapes. Angelica’s work, which she has filmed in three communities in Greece, Turkey and the Canary Islands, was described by the judging panel as “sophisticated and compelling.”

The Calling, which Angelica created throughout 2013, was unveiled at Melbourne's ACMI Gallery 2 on 04 February 2014, and will run in a free public exhibition until Sunday, 13 July. Video highlights can be seen here.

The commission attracted a wide range and high standard of submissions, a reflection of the vitality, diversity and strength of Australian moving image culture. Click here for more info on Angelica, the judging process and details on attending The Calling.


The Ian Potter Moving Image Commission is Australia’s most significant long term commissioning program of new contemporary moving image art by Australian artists. A joint initiative of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), this biennial award represents a ten-year commitment to the art form. 

The Ian Potter Moving Image Commission enables a mid-career artist to produce an ambitious new work which demonstrates a major development or shift in their practice. Projects must have a gallery-based outcome. 

Through the partners, the commission provides two levels of support to the successful artist: they receive $100,000 from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, as well as highly specialised curatorial, production and presentation expertise provided by ACMI. 

In addition to developing the artist’s professional practice the commission aims to cultivate a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary moving image practice for Australian audiences. 

Angelica Mesiti is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery.