– Highlights

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MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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Exhibition

The National 2017

30 Mar - 18 Jun

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Exhibition

Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

– Learning Events

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Tour

Art Baby

04 May, 10.30am, MCA

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Event

WORKSHOP FOR PRIMARY TEACHERS

12 May, 9.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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MCA Zine Fair 2017

21 May, 10.30am, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

Young Art Lovers' Book List

To celebrate World Book Day (Sunday 23 April) the MCA Store and MCA Learning crew have teamed up to put together a selection of fun, inspiring and engaging titles sure to spark the imaginations of budding artists and creative thinkers. more

From the archives: Curious catalogue

Never judge a book by its cover? In this issue of our monthly archive series, MCA Archives and Records Management Coordinator, Stephanie, leafs through some unusual pages more

Girl On Film: Erin Coates

The National 2017: New Australian Art artist Erin Coates gets in the driving seat for our April film experience more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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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