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IPMIC No.1 - Angelica Mesiti The Calling
Angelica Mesiti The Calling

Angelica Mesiti: The Calling

'The Calling' is a poignant exploration of ancient human traditions evolving and adapting to the modern world. Mesiti's work speaks to the tenacity and creativity of traditional cultures in the face of technical progress and environmental flux.

About the work

A man stands on a rooftop in Istanbul at dawn, looking our over the city, which famously lies at the intersection of Europe and Asia. He brings two fingers to his mouth and sends a resonant series of whistles into the distance. To whom is he signalling and what message is he sending?

Whistling languages did not develop as part of a ritual practice but as a practical and efficient way for people working the land or tending flocks to communicate. They emerged in places where hills and valleys effectively contained and amplified sound waves, and now survive best in places whose geography similarly prohibits mobile phone reception. 

For these communities, whistling languages are in a process of transformation from their traditional use as tools for communication across vast lands into tourist attractions and cultural artefacts and are being taught to local school children.

To conduct research for The Calling, artist Angelica Mesiti travelled to the village of Kuskoy in Northern Turkey, the island of La Gomera in The Canary Islands and the Island of Evia in Greece where whistling languages are all still in use.

During the past ten years Angelica Mesiti has emerged as one of Australia's most significant video artists. Through intimate studies of the ways that minority communities exist with larger environments, Mesiti has proven herself to be an astute observer of human gesture and interaction.

In her video works Mesiti seeks to explore the diverse ways in which people express and communicate—be it through physical movement, dance, song or sign language—to create portraits of individuals and communities at moments of heightened emotion or transformation.

The Calling represents a major development in Mesiti's practice; the work was filmed across three geographic locations, making it the most ambitious work she has produced to date, and the three-screen installation also allowed Mesiti to expand her cinematic approach to image-making.

As an investigation of whistling languages and their relationship to technological progress, 'The Calling' foregrounds the practice of listening and the role sound plays in how we navigate withing the world around us.

Katrina Sedgwick
Director & CEO, ACMI


The Calling, which Angelica created throughout 2013, was unveiled at Melbourne's ACMI Gallery 2 on 4 February 2014 and was exhibited until July 2014.


 Read review of The Calling, The Age, February 12, 2014.

First public screening of 'The Calling' at ACMI
First public screening of 'The Calling' at ACMI
Launch of 'The Calling'
Launch of 'The Calling'
Charles Goode AC, Chairman of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, opens the exhibition
Charles Goode AC, Chairman of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, opens the exhibition
Lady Potter congratulates the artist
Lady Potter congratulates the artist
Angelica Mesiti with Lady Potter, Charles Goode, and the then President of ACMI, the late Lorraine Elliott AM
Angelica Mesiti with Lady Potter, Charles Goode, and the then President of ACMI, the late Lorraine Elliott AM
At the launch: Charles Goode, Lady Potter, the then President of ACMI, the late Lorraine Elliott AM, and Tony Sweeney, then Director of ACMI
At the launch: Charles Goode, Lady Potter, the then President of ACMI, the late Lorraine Elliott AM, and Tony Sweeney, then Director of ACMI
Appreciative audience at opening night
Appreciative audience at opening night

Publicity

Media Release: The Calling Exhibition Open

The Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC) is thrilled to announce that the new work by acclaimed artist Angelica Mesiti The Calling opens today. After fifteen months of work, filming in three countries; this ambitious moving-image artwork will reside at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) until 13 July. Read more

Artist Biography: Angelica Mesiti

Angelica is the inaugural recipient of the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission. Angelica is a video, performance and installation artist based in Sydney and Paris. Read more

Interview: Angelica Mesiti

ACMI Curator Amita Kirpalani interviews Angelica Mesiti about The Calling, the first work to be commissioned by the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission. Read more

Media Release: The Calling Exhibition dates

The Ian Potter Moving Image Commission proudly announces the world premiere exhibition The Calling, by acclaimed Australian artist Angelica Mesiti. Opening on Tuesday 4 February at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) with free admittance, the exhibition will run through until Sunday 13 July, 2014. Read more

Media release: Winner of Inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image Commission

The inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC), valued at $100,000, has been awarded to Australian video artist Angelica Mesiti. Read more

Inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image Commission awarded 2012

Angelica Mesiti: The Calling

The inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, valued at $100,000, was awarded to Australian video artist Angelica Mesiti in December 2012. Angelica's work 'The Calling' was the first of five $100,000 commissions to be awarded biennially over ten years.

The Calling focuses on whistling languages, ancient forms of non-verbal communication which are still used today to communicate in isolated and difficult landscapes.

Read more

http://www.angelicamesiti.com/

Judges

IPMIC No. 1
The IPMIC Judging Panel comprises experts including curators, visual artists, filmmakers and producers.

Lucy Guerin

Artistic Director of dance company Lucy Guerin Inc. She has worked with a number of artists across many visual arts fields and multi-disciplinary practice.

 Her awards include the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award, a New York Dance and Performance Award (a ‘Bessie’), several Green Room Awards, a Helpmann Award and an Australian Dance Award.

Annette Blonski

Freelance script editor and script consultant to a number of Australian government film funding agencies and independent producers, writers and directors.

She has been a member of the board for Film Victoria, the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Victoria Lynn

Director of the TarraWarra Museum of Art. She has previously curated the Adelaide Festival (2010 & 2012), The Trickster at the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea and won the Anne Landa Award for Video and Media Arts at the Art of Gallery of NSW for Double Take.

Her previous roles include the Director of Creative Development at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image and Curator of Contemporary Art at The Art Gallery of NSW.

David Rosetzky

An interdisciplinary Melbourne based artist who works with an extensive exhibition history here and overseas, his work Portrait of Cate Blanchett (2008) was exhibited at the International Centre for Photography, New York and he has had recent shows at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.

In 2005 he won the Anne Landa Award for the Moving Image.

Katrina Sedgwick

Currently, the Director and CEO of ACMI, previously Head of Arts for ABC TV (Australia). She is also the founding CEO and Director of the Adelaide Film Festival and the AFF Investment Funds which has supported 47 Australian productions of documentaries, features, shorts, cross platform and installation works.

Tony Sweeney

Previously the Director and CEO of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). He was previously Director of the UK’s award-winning National Museum of Photography, Film & Television.

He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London.

Lady Potter AC

Special Advisor to the Judging Panel

A Trustee of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Lady Potter is a passionate supporter of the Arts and has held a long list of offices with major arts institutions, including Patron of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Director of The Ian Potter Museum of Art at Melbourne University, Honorary Life Member of the National Gallery Victoria and was Founding Benefactor of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Lady Potter is also patron and an active member of several leading performing arts companies and community welfare organisations. Lady Potter is also Life Governor of The Ian Potter Foundation.

Lucy Guerin

Artistic Director of dance company Lucy Guerin Inc. She has worked with a number of artists across many visual arts fields and multi-disciplinary practice.

 Her awards include the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award, a New York Dance and Performance Award (a ‘Bessie’), several Green Room Awards, a Helpmann Award and an Australian Dance Award.

Annette Blonski

Freelance script editor and script consultant to a number of Australian government film funding agencies and independent producers, writers and directors.

She has been a member of the board for Film Victoria, the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Victoria Lynn

Director of the TarraWarra Museum of Art. She has previously curated the Adelaide Festival (2010 & 2012), The Trickster at the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea and won the Anne Landa Award for Video and Media Arts at the Art of Gallery of NSW for Double Take.

Her previous roles include the Director of Creative Development at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image and Curator of Contemporary Art at The Art Gallery of NSW.

David Rosetzky

An interdisciplinary Melbourne based artist who works with an extensive exhibition history here and overseas, his work Portrait of Cate Blanchett (2008) was exhibited at the International Centre for Photography, New York and he has had recent shows at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.

In 2005 he won the Anne Landa Award for the Moving Image.

Katrina Sedgwick

Currently, the Director and CEO of ACMI, previously Head of Arts for ABC TV (Australia). She is also the founding CEO and Director of the Adelaide Film Festival and the AFF Investment Funds which has supported 47 Australian productions of documentaries, features, shorts, cross platform and installation works.

Tony Sweeney

Previously the Director and CEO of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). He was previously Director of the UK’s award-winning National Museum of Photography, Film & Television.

He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London.

Lady Potter AC

Special Advisor to the Judging Panel

A Trustee of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Lady Potter is a passionate supporter of the Arts and has held a long list of offices with major arts institutions, including Patron of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Director of The Ian Potter Museum of Art at Melbourne University, Honorary Life Member of the National Gallery Victoria and was Founding Benefactor of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Lady Potter is also patron and an active member of several leading performing arts companies and community welfare organisations. Lady Potter is also Life Governor of The Ian Potter Foundation.