The Blue Cabin

The Bone is an experience in virtual reality inside the skull of a wild salmon, where certain elements and narrations are to be discovered. Profoundly inspired by Dr. Martin Lee Mueller’s book Being Salmon, Being Human, these narrations address ethical and ecological issues related to salmon farming, domestication and coexistence with this species, from a non-anthropocentric, eco-philosophical and indigenous perspective. The real and virtual space is welcomed by a Yoik, sung by Sámi artist and academic Ánde Somby specially for this salmon, providing a unique echo and spatiality to this VR, which is physically installed inside an old fishing boat.

For Steveston Salmon Festival, a short film documentation of this Yoik recording, which took place in September 2021 the Lofoten Mountains, will be specially shown at Blue Cabin, in the frame of an upcoming residency in spring 2023.

Artist Bio

Born in Rancagua, Chile, Michelle-Marie Letelier currently lives and works in Berlin.

Letelier obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the Universidad Católica de Chile in 2000 and has participated in postgraduate programmes such as Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt art IT (Berlin) and as guest student in the Experimental Media Design studies at the Universität der Künste (Berlin).

Her work has been shown internationally, including: Tabakalera (San Sebastián); Or Gallery (Vancouver); Kunstmuseum Bonn; Gropius Bau (Berlin); Screen City Biennial 2019 (Stavanger, Norway); Villa Romana (Florence); Munkeruphus (Copenhagen); El Museo de Los Sures (New York); Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (Santiago); Kunsthall 3,14 (Bergen); Museum of Contemporary Arts (Santiago)

Her VR and video works have been shown at international screenings and festivals, including: The Arctic Arts Festival 2021 (Harstad, Norway); Videonale.18 (Bonn); VRHAM! Festival 2020 (Hamburg/online); WE ARE OCEAN 2019-2021 (Berlin & Marseille); East Asia Contemporary Art Space (Shanghai); 5th Mercosur Biennial (Porto Alegre) and X Video and Media Arts Biennial (Santiago).

The Bone (installation overview), 2021, The Arctic Arts Festival, Harstad, Norway. Photo credits: Kjell Ove Storvik / NNKS 2021