Relay League by Angelica Mesiti presents a newly commissioned three-channel video installation and accompanying sound sculpture. The work takes as its departure point a Morse code message transmitted by the French navy on 31 January 1997 to signal the imminent demise of this communication method: ‘Calling all. This is our last cry before our eternal silence’. Morse code, which entailed a system of dot and dash radio signals and was often utilized as a language of distress at sea, was phased out after 130 years in favour of new digital communications. Inspired by this final poetic phrase, here Mesiti interprets its original dots and dashes through music, choreography, non-verbal communication and sculpture.
Angelica Mesiti was born in Sydney in 1976 and is currently based in Paris. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts (now UNSW Art & Design) at the University of New South Wales. Mesiti works primarily with video and installation, incorporating performance, dance and music to explore ideas of community, cultural tradition and spirituality. She is interested in performed cultural traditions in a state of transformation or at risk of extinction due to complex social, economic or cultural shifts.
Image: Angelica Mesiti, Relay League (video still), 2017. Courtesy the artist, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Galerie Allen, Paris.