An Aphids event dedicated to the memory of Bernice MacPherson

Inspired by the rock carvings in Italy’s Val Camonica, Travelling began as a collaboration between composer David Young and artist Bernice MacPherson before her untimely death.

An installation by Kath Armour, with objects of paper by Sarah Pirrie, inhabited a glowing and intimate environment that sounded with music for strings. A sextet performed Spargere, a work composed from paper created by Sarah Pirrie. Cynthia Troup premiered the viola solo, Travelling, the result of collaboration between David and Bernice, inspired by Bernice’s biro sketch of the Tokyo subway. Three cellists premiered David Young’s Val Camonica piece, Lexicon, a dictionary of sounds inspired by the Italian archaeologist Emmanauel Anati’s lists of symbols carved into the rock in the Camonica Valley.


Artist / curator — Kath Armour
Artist / curator — Sarah Pirrie
Composer / curator — David Young
Violin — Rosemary Walsh
Violin — Stephanie Thom
Viola — Cynthia Troup
Viola — Jason Bunn
Violoncello — Jane Tallon
Violoncello — Stephen Hughes
Violoncello — Fiona Furphy
Brands — Rosemary Joy
Lighting & production — Lisa Trewin

La Mama, 205 Faraday Street, Carlton


APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.