Commissioner: Australia Council for the Arts.
Curator: Juliana Engberg.
Exhibitor: Angelica Mesiti.
ASSEMBLY. Evolving as performed translations in the styles of polyphony, dissonance, and cacophony and culminating in a moment of harmony, Angelica Mesiti has created an imaginable world in which a ‘contingent’ gathering of ‘the people’ is allowed to disintegrate and resolve by perpetually reforming and revolutionising itself.
Mesiti situates her film in the architecture of power – the Senate chamber – and uses music and performance, moving from text to code, music to movement, from actions to occupations to represent the way a society assembles and builds upon itself. The exuberant energy she unleashes demonstrates the creativity and strength of community at a time when ‘Democracy’ is fragmenting and failing.