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3 – 19 Nov


Kastoms is a new iteration of Taloi Havini’s Answer to the Call, an immersive twenty-two speaker installation, composed in dialogue with contemporary arts practice, scientific investigation and customary wisdom.

Originally created after her residency onboard the R/V Falkor (Schmidt Ocean Institute) and premiered with the TBA21-Academy at Ocean Space, Venice (2021), this significant work is now re-imagined in Australia for the first time, resounding in a series of cycles specifically for the Old Customs House in Fremantle.

An island platform will lie at the centre, its shape and blue tones will evoke the depth and expanse of our understanding of Oceania from the viewpoint of the artists homeland, the island of Buka, Bougainville. Listeners will be absorbed into a meditative and gradual evolving soundtrack, designed by Hayley Forward. Hydrophone recordings of sea floor sonar mapping are layered with ocean chants and Indigenous instruments composed by musician’s Ben Hakalitz and Mario Celestino. Traversing beyond a scientific lens, Kastoms utilises an ancient call and response method as an invitation for all to enter a temporal space created for deep-listening and relating.

Like the ocean, Kastoms is a work of sensory depth, ancient dialogues and cultural contemporary resonance. Alongside the installation, Kastoms will include an intimate live performance and in-conversation between Taloi Havini and collaborating musicians Ben Hakalitz and Mario Celestino.

Traditional Composition & Instruments: Ben Hakalitz, Mario Celestino, Past Hakö elders chants
Composition & Sound Design: Hayley Forward
Sound Engineer: Felix Abrahams
Sound Mixing: Jeremy Turner
Producer: Angela Duffy
Originally commissioned by the TBA-21 Academy at Ocean Space, Venice, 2021.


Date and Time

Old Customs House, Fremantle
3 – 19 Nov
Thu – Sun
10am – 8pm

Performance with Taloi Havini, Ben Hakalitz & Mario Celestino
Sat 4 Nov

Taloi Havini was born in Arawa, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Havini’s work is often a personal response to the politics of location exploring contested sites and histories connected within Oceania; employing photography, sculpture, immersive video and mixed-media installations. Working with living contemporary practitioners she is actively involved in community projects in Bougainville and Australia, such as the Women’s Wealth project exhibition. Her artwork is held in public and private collections including the Sharjah Art Foundation, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery of Victoria, KADIST, San Francisco, CA, USA. Taloi holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University and has exhibited in Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Sharjah Biennial 13, UAE, 3rd Aichi Triennial, Nagoya, 8th & 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art Queensland Art Gallery, GoMA, Brisbane.

Ben Hakalitz has a musical career spanning over 35 years. He has toured worldwide with international artists including Yothu Yindi, Sanguma, and Tribe of Jubal. Ben was awarded the Australia Centenary Medal for services to the Australian community through music. He worked on the soundtrack to Australian Director/Producer, Bill Bennett’s film: In The Savage Land (won an AFI Award, 1998). He also performed at the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sydney, and in the opening acts for Bon Jovi, Kylie Minogue (2003) and Carlos Santana’s Australian Tour (2004). Ben has also worked with Edou, DrumDrum, Toni Nation, Tamabaran Culture, Seaman Dan, Not Drowning, Waving and Telek. Ben co-wrote the music for the PNG’s National Theatre Company stage musical, Sana Sana, which was performed at the South Pacific Festival of Arts in the Cook Islands. Ben also worked on film soundtracks for Mr Pip,composed and arranged by Tim Finn.


Mario Celestino descends from the Aymara people, the largest ethnic group in South America. Born in Coroico in the Bolivian highland, he is a multi-instrumentalist who pushes musical boundaries. Taking elements of modern western jazz and rock influences and fusing these with the richness of his indigenous heritage. His love of fusion music has allowed him to convey both his music, and his colourful culture to a vast audience in a very unique way taking his audience on a musical and spiritual journey through the magnificent sound of traditional South American panpipes (sikus) and flutes (quenas). He represented The Americas at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in 2018 and toured as part of the Queensland Government Cultural Diversity Week celebrations performing and running workshops in remote Queensland towns between 2015 – 2017.  Mario is currently completing a Bachelor of Music (Jazz) major performance at Griffith University’s Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

  • Old Customs House, Fremantle
  • Information

    Duration: Attendees can come and go as they please during the opening hours, with no lock outs. 


    This event is indoors. Accessible toilets are available at Old Customs House.


    Food and beverages will not be available on site, but there are several great hospitality options nearby. Visit our Plan Your Visit section for our favourite cafes, restaurants and bars.


  • Getting There

    Customs Pl Parking
    Mrs Trivett Pl Parking
    Wilson Parking – Victoria Quay


    Public Transport:
    Old Customs House is a 3-minute walk from the Fremantle Train Station, which is the final destination for the Fremantle Train Line, as well as several bus routes.

  • Access

    Old Customs house is a heritage listed building with access limitations. Wheelchair access to Atrium Gallery is available at the side of Old Customs House, via a ramp. Attendants on site will be available to assist as needed. ACROD parking is available at Customs Pl Parking and Mrs Trivett Pl Parking, just 150m from the venue.

  • Image credit

    Photos: Taloi Havini, Answer to the Call, 2021. Courtesy TBA-21 Academy Ocean Space, Venice. Photo Gerda Studio; Photo by Zan Wimberley. Courtesy of Artspace, Sydney.