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Aeolus: Wind Harp Jam


Queen Victoria Gardens
Opposite National Gallery of Victoria View map

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Queen Victoria Gardens
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Jen Valender presents Aeolus: Wind Harp Jam, a combination of sculpture, the elements and live performance. Join us at MPavilion to witness three surveyors’ tripods transformed into aeolian harp-sculptures, played by experimental harpist Genevieve Fry in a duet with the wind.

The tripods are relics from a bygone era, once used to measure and map the landscape. This cross-elemental performance will activate the natural forces at the MPavilion site, while reflecting on place and cartographic memory. The performance will allow the energy generated by the wind to take on a character as it vibrates the harp strings and captures the essence of the sites dynamic natural qualities and acoustics. The sound will be raw and unaltered, captured through internal mics within pyramid amplifiers attached to the forms.

Come and experience this meditative, immersive engagement with the MPavilion, its surrounding gardens and sonic atmosphere.



Genevieve Fry is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Naarm/Melbourne who is interested in exploratory music inspired by the natural world. Their soundscapes encourage an inward journey touching on deep time, memory and sense of place. In both solo and collaborative contexts across the experimental, contemporary, and improvisation scenes, Genevieve envelopes the listener with harp, synthesiser and voice. Genevieve is the co-founder of Eastmint artist-run studios, label and performance space, which focuses on presenting and supporting music that promotes deep listening.

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Jen Valender is a visual artist and researcher born in Aotearoa New Zealand and based in Naarm Melbourne, who predominately works site-specifically to create performative encounters on and with the landscape that raise questions about arts subsequent relationship with the natural world. Her practice identifies visual art as an aesthetic language that has the powerful ability to complicate and contain multiple perspectives and histories simultaneously. She holds a Master of Fine Arts (Research) from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne and has recently collaborated with new born calves, house flies and a granite quarry in regional Victoria.

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