Angel­i­ca Mesiti
The Call­ing

4th February – 13th July 2014
Australian Centre for the Moving Image

To con­duct research for The Call­ing, artist Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti has 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 is a poignant explo­ration of ancient human tra­di­tions evolv­ing and adapt­ing to the mod­ern world. Mesi­ti’s work speaks to the tenac­i­ty and cre­ativ­i­ty of tra­di­tion­al cul­tures in the face of tech­ni­cal progress and envi­ron­men­tal flux.

Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti, was award­ed the inau­gur­al Ian Pot­ter Mov­ing Image Com­mis­sion: a col­lab­o­ra­tion between ACMI and The Ian Pot­ter Cul­tur­al Trust.

Images

Angel­i­ca Mesiti

The Call­ing, 2013 – 14
(still) three-chan­nel HD video, colour, sound
35 min­utes 36 seconds