Video killed the radio star, or so the song goes. New technology killed the maritime use of Morse code too, although that doesn't sound quite as catchy. Still, that hasn't stopped Angelica Mesiti from trying to turn the predicament into art — or from creating a three-channel work inspired by the last Morse transmission sent by the French Navy. "Calling all, this is our final cry before our eternal silence," they conveyed via dots and dashes at the end of 1997.
It's a particularly poetic way to cope with technological obsolescence, and you'll probably find yourself thinking something similar as you wander through Relay League. Its trio of parts include a percussive score from musician-composer Uriel Barthélémi, which echoes throughout the gallery space; a form of physical exchange between two dancers, Emilia Wibron Vesterlund and the vision-impaired Sindri Runudde; and dancer Filipe Lourenço creating his own choreography from Barthélémi's sounds.
Together, they have quite the sensory impact, as Mesiti ponders communication, language and expression in its many forms. The work is on display at Griffith University Art Museum until February 24, 2018.