Angelica Mesiti's multi-channel video work The Calling is an intriguing portrait of whistling languages.
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.
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.
The Calling was a poignant exploration of ancient human traditions evolving and adapting to the modern world. Mesiti's work spoke to the tenacity and creativity of traditional cultures in the face of technical progress and environmental flux.
This exhibition was the work of Sydney/Paris-based artist Angelica Mesiti, winner of the inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image Commission.
Angelica Mesiti is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery. Produced by Felix Media.
The inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image Commission: was a collaboration between ACMI and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust.
4 Feb – 13 Jul 2014
Our commissions support the creation of new works by providing artists with the time and resources to nurture and develop ideas, to pursue cross-disciplinary collaborations and to work at a scale that would not otherwise be possible.