Angel­i­ca Mesiti
ASSEM­BLY

18th January – 26th April 2020
Arnolfini

Arnolfi­ni is delight­ed to present Angel­i­ca Mesiti’s ASSEM­BLY as part of the Winter/​Spring 2020 pro­gramme, focus­ing on expe­ri­ences and sto­ries of migration.

ASSEM­BLY is a large scale, three-chan­nel video instal­la­tion with­in an archi­tec­tur­al set­ting inspired by the his­tor­i­cal shape of the com­mu­ni­ty cir­cle and amphithe­atre. The show comes to Arnolfi­ni fol­low­ing a high­ly suc­cess­ful and inter­na­tion­al­ly acclaimed pre­sen­ta­tion at the Bien­nale in Venice.

ASSEM­BLY estab­lish­es 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 with per­form­ers imag­in­ing a com­mu­ni­ty of move­ment, poet­ry and song. ASSEM­BLY explores the need to come togeth­er demo­c­ra­t­i­cal­ly across many nations, to speak dif­fer­ent­ly, act togeth­er, and form new assembles.

The exhi­bi­tion also includes two sin­gle-chan­nel video works, Tossed by Waves (2017) and Nakh Removed (2015).

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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
Dimen­sions: vari­able dimensions

Com­mis­sioned by the Aus­tralia Coun­cil for the Arts on the occa­sion of the 58th Inter­na­tion­al Art Exhi­bi­tion, La Bien­nale di Venezia.

Cura­tor: Juliana Engberg

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ARTIS­TIC 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

Images

Angel­i­ca Mesiti

Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti: Assembly, 2019
Instal­la­tion view, Arnolfi­ni, UK. Pho­to: Max McClure

Angel­i­ca Mesiti

Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti: Assembly, 2019
Instal­la­tion view, Arnolfi­ni, UK. Pho­to: Max McClure

Angel­i­ca Mesiti

Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti: Assembly, 2019
Instal­la­tion view, Arnolfi­ni, UK. Pho­to: Max McClure

Angel­i­ca Mesiti

Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti: Assembly, 2019
Instal­la­tion view, Arnolfi­ni, UK. Pho­to: Max McClure

Angel­i­ca Mesiti

Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti: Assembly, 2019
Instal­la­tion view, Arnolfi­ni, UK. Pho­to: Max McClure

Angel­i­ca Mesiti

Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti: Assembly, 2019
Instal­la­tion view, Arnolfi­ni, UK. Pho­to: Max McClure