A soundscape that envelops and reshapes the concrete structures and walkways of the arts precinct and returns the listener to what was, what is and what will be…
6 – 15 May (except Sundays)
9am – 9pm
Arts Centre Melbourne's covered walkway between the Theatres Building and Hamer Hall
Yulendji explores the past, present and future of the ancient and evolving Birrarung (Yarra River) in sound from a trio of accomplished sound creatives. Allara (Yorta Yorta), Theo McMahon (Bundjalung) and James Howard (Jaadwa), are known for producing sonic installations reflecting culture, Country and politics.
In this world premiere, they use a psychogeographic process to map the Birrarung. They tell the stories of the topography, the memories of and cultural connection to the surrounding areas, before Melbourne’s arts structures are washed away – down to the foundations of what might come next.
What new opportunities arise once this ‘time of chaos’ has passed?
Visitors are able to listen to the soundscape playing on the speakers during their travels on St Kilda Road, as they pass between Hamer Hall and the Theatres Building, along the under covered walkway.
Select an artist below to listen.
Allara (Yorta Yorta), Theo McMahon (Bundjalung), James Howard (Jaadwa)
With guidance from Boon Wurrung Elder Dr Carolyn Briggs AM and dramaturg Kamarra Bell-Wykes (Yagera and Butchulla people of South-East Queensland)
Yulendji by Coree Thorpe (Yorta Yorta, Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wurundjeri)
Graphic Digital Design, 2021