Bovine Harp
two-channel film, 4mins

Filmed in a robotic milking shed, Bovine Harp captures Valender’s attempts to soothe dairy cows with harp music before proceeding to teach young calves how to play the harp with their tongues.

Bovine Harp explores the interplay between live and processed art materials. Valender positions dairy cows and calves beside their own by-product—a catgut-strung harp, with strings made from cattle intestines.

Performer: Bobby Calf Dave (Aberdeen Angus)

Director of Photography: Gene Alberts