Assembly

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Angelica Mesiti’s ASSEMBLY is a new three-channel video installed within an architectural setting inspired by the historical shape of the community circle and amphitheatre. ASSEMBLY establishes as an evolving set of translations from the written word to stenographic codes then music, and performance. Filmed in the Senate chambers of Italy and Australia, the three screens of ASSEMBLY travel through the corridors, meeting rooms and parliaments of government while performers, representing the multitude of ancestries that constitute cosmopolitan Australia, gather, disassemble and re-unite, demonstrating the strength and creativity of a plural community.

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Assembly, 2019, 3-channel video installation in architectural amphitheatre High Definition video projections, colour, sound (6-channel mono)
 Duration: 25 minutes Variable dimensions

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(originally published on the artist's website)

Angelica Mesiti’s ASSEMBLY is a three-channel video installed within an architectural setting inspired by the historical shape of the community circle and amphitheatre. ASSEMBLY establishes as an evolving set of translations from the written word to stenographic codes then music, and performance. Filmed in the Senate chambers of Italy and Australia, the three screens of ASSEMBLY travel through the corridors, meeting rooms and parliaments of government while performers, representing the multitude of ancestries that constitute cosmopolitan Australia, gather, disassemble and re-unite, demonstrating the strength and creativity of a plural community. 

Curator Juliana Engberg said, “ASSEMBLY uses and personifies the exilic energies of those who seek belonging in the community—the young, the female, Indigenous, the newly arrived and exiled, the refugee as well as the artist. Mesiti’s performers play along to an inherited code, but through translation, improvisation, adaptation, and re-interpretation demonstrate how a new music can emerge. The abstract relations and associations within ASSEMBLY open a space of imagined possibilities arising out of strange juxtapositions and unlikely re-locations.

“Cutting a rupture into the voided place of government to ignite a next succession of communication, ASSEMBLY seeks to create a new space for those who want to speak differently, hear attentively, and act together to form a new translation of the democratic process.”

 

Commissioned by the Australia Council for the Arts on the occasion of the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Australia and Galerie Allen, Paris.

Curated for the Australian Pavilion by Juliana Engberg.

CREDITS

Artist Angelica Mesiti

Producer Bridget Ikin

Cinematographer Bonnie Elliott, ACS 

Composer Max Lyandvert

Michela Stenographic Advisor Paolo Michela-Zucco

Poet David Malouf

CANBERRA PRODUCTION

Sound Recordist Kimmo Vennonen

Camera Assistant Juntra Santitharangkun

Digital Imaging Technician Jamie Gray

Gaffer Russell Fewtrell

Grip David Litchfield 

Steadicam Operator Pete Barta 

Assistant Sound Recordist Aron Dyer

Costumes Alice Babidge

ROME PRODUCTION

Line Producer Massimiliano Navarra

Producer's Assistant Maichel Marchese

1st Camera Assistant Stefano Barabino

2nd Camera Assistant Mattia Gelain

Sound Recordist Riccardo Gaggioli

POST-PRODUCTION

Editor Angelica Mesiti

Music Mix Bob Scott

Sound Design and Mix Liam Egan

Colourist Billy Wychgel

Post-Production Supervisor Peter Lenaerts

MUSICIANS AND PERFORMERS

Michela Stenographer Michele Pigliapoco

Pianist Sonya Lifschitz

Viola James Wannan

Clarinet Aviva Endean

Sanṭūr Jamal Farokhsereshti

Dancer Deborah Brown 

Drummers, C'DARZ John Afram, Christopher, Dandan, Ricky Hadchiti, Albert Khouri, Rizik Khouri, Bakhos Samrani, Nadim Sleiman, Anthony Younes 

Vocalists The House that Dan Built: Elektra Blinder, Grace Campbell, Sofia Goulding, Brianna Harris, Kittu Hoyne, Kiri Jenssen, Emily Pincock, Harper Pollard, Jayden Selvakumaraswamy, Iris Simpson, Thu Tran, Sylvie Woodhouse

Vocalists’ Manager 
Danielle O’Keefe


Lancia Vendors of Rome

Exhibition Designer Simon de Dreuille

Produced by Felix Media, with the support of Screen Australia

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Australia - Angelica Mesiti - Assembly - Venice Art Biennale 2019

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