– Highlights

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Exhibition

Primavera 2017

23 Aug - 19 Nov

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Exhibition

Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

– Learning Events

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Workshop

Art Safari

27 Oct, 1.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Special Event

ARTBAR October 2017

27 Oct, 7.00pm, MCA

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Talk

Keynote lecture by Pipilotti Rist

05 Nov, 1.00pm, Level 6: Harbourside Room

– News from inside the MCA

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Antenna's Rich Welch

To pave the way for the soon-to-come cinema binge at Antenna Film Festival,Co-Director Rich Welch shared a few of his life changing films. more

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Laura Hindmarsh

Primavera 2017 artist Laura Hindmarsh shares six films ahead of her specially curated edition of Art + Film on Saturday 16 September. more

The Many Guises of Jenny Watson

We’ll take you through some of Watson’s many alter egos that are currently housed in our Level 3 Galleries. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Telling Tales: Angelica Mesiti

Born 1976, Sydney
Lives and works Sydney and Paris

The Colour of Saying 2015
three-channel digital video, high definition, projection, colour, sound
25 minutes, edition 1/3

Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the MCA Foundation, 2015
Performance originated in collaboration with and produced
by Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö, Sweden, 2015

Silence is a powerful tool for communication, as are gestures of the body or the hand. Angelica Mesiti’s The Colour of Saying (2015) unfolds across three screens in silence punctuated by incidental ambient noise.
On the first screen, a silent choir performs the music of Vaughan Williams using sign language in place of song. On the next screen two retired ballet dancers articulate the choreography of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with hand gestures, their bodies no longer able to sustain a full-length live performance. On the third screen a percussion ensemble performs a Steve Reich composition in silence, broken momentarily by loud clapping. The artist has designed simple, stepped seating for visitors; it mirrors what we see in the three videos, making us a part of the action, as much as
witnesses to it.

<b>Angelica Mesiti</b> <i>The Colour of Saying</i> 2015

Angelica Mesiti The Colour of Saying (still, detail) 2015
three-channel digital video, high definition, projection, colour, sound
25 minutes, edition 1/3

Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the MCA Foundation, 2015
Performance originated in collaboration with and produced
by Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö, Sweden, 2015