This is our final cry before our eternal silence.
This message was sent by Morse code in 1997 and was the poetic starting point for artist Angelica Mesiti’s exciting new work, Relay League. The message was not a desperate transmission sent from a sinking ship, but rather the final message by the French Navy signalling the end of the use of Morse code. In her latest work, Mesiti takes the dots and dashes of Morse code and brings them to life in a three-channel video installation.
This year Mesiti represented Australia at the Venice Biennale and is now regarded as one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. Her work consistently grapples with transition, culture, communication and displacement. Working with the mediums of video and installation, and incorporating music and performance, her practice expands ideas of collective behaviour, social dynamics and human subjectivity through non-verbal forms of language and communication, exchange and adapted methods of expression.
Filmed during a residency at the Centre National de la Danse, Paris, Mesiti’s Relay League explores emotional states such as uncertainty, intimacy and humility through movement, music and language. The videos feature the Morse code message translated into percussion by musician-composer Uriel Barthélémi and movement by Emilia Wibron Vesterlund and Sindri Runudde. In the third video, dancer Filipe Lourenço interprets Barthélémi’s percussive sounds with improvised movement creating a feedback loop. Visitors can anticipate a sensory and contemplative experience as they move through this immersive installation.