Installation view Australian Pavilion at 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. © Photography: Bonnie Elliott, Josh Raymond and Zan Wimberley.

Angelica Mesiti’s ASSEMBLY is a three-channel video installed within an architectural setting inspired by the historical shape of the community circle and amphitheatre. ASSEMBLY establishes as 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 while performers, representing the multitude of ancestries that constitute cosmopolitan Australia, gather, disassemble and re-unite, demonstrating the strength and creativity of a plural community. 

Initially invited into the project by composer Max Lyandvert, I was further able to contribute to the work with several original compositions.

Artist Angelica Mesiti

Producer Bridget Ikin

Cinematographer Bonnie Elliott, ACS 

Composer Max Lyandvert

Michela Stenographic Advisor Paolo Michela-Zucco

Poet David Malouf

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