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Angelica Mesiti is one of four artists included in The Musical Brain, a video exhibition that shows how music is both an art form and a way that we hear the world around us. Often used to describe nature, the cosmos, and even the built industrial environment, music is the order we project onto a cacophonous world. Humans seek order and patterns but also relish chaos and noise; in many ways, music becomes the way that we can experience both at the same time.
Angelica Mesiti’s The Colour of Saying (2015) continues her exploration of nonverbal communication through three performance works: Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music (1938) performed by a sign language choir, an improvisation inspired by Steve Reich’s Clapping Music (1972), and a pas de deux from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake (1875 – 76) performed in “hand marking,” a classical ballet method for memorizing choreographed steps.
The video program complements The Musical Brain, a group exhibition of sculptural installations.
Organized by Melanie Kress, High Line Art Associate Curator.
Ceclia Bengolea, Ben Hagari, Devin Kenny, Angelica Mesiti
The Musical Brain
The High Line, New York
29 April — 23 June, 2021