• Am I Ancient, Or a Human-Made Machine? –Michelle-Marie Letelier
  • Am I Ancient, Or a Human-Made Machine? –Michelle-Marie Letelier
  • Am I Ancient, Or a Human-Made Machine? –Michelle-Marie Letelier
  • Am I Ancient, Or a Human-Made Machine? –Michelle-Marie Letelier

Am I Ancient, Or a Human-Made Machine?

Michelle-Marie Letelier

28 August
02 October, 2021

Curated by: Paz Guevara

Am I Ancient, Or a Human-Made Machine?

Michelle-Marie Letelier

Curated by: Paz Guevara

This project is in collaboration with Goethe Institute and Blue Cabin Residency.

How do exhibitions have the capacity to create moments of communality rather than objectifying the beings that enter into its modern grid? How does the exhibition become permeable to life through orality, reciprocity and in connection with geopolitical trajectories, struggles and potential alliances? In a partly speculative and partly documentary manner, artist Michelle-Marie Letelier weaves a series of collaborations through virtual reality, song, crystal performances, conversations and in-situ actions. Against the grain of extractivism, this exhibition engages the poethics of a sovereign ocean through the consciousness and memory of our fellow being, the salmon: Am I ancient or a human-made machine?

Highlighting the transregional aspects of Michelle-Marie Letelier’s projects and themes are a series of online conversations entitled “Poethics of a Sovereign Ocean: Orality, Reciprocity and Geopolitical Trajectories (2021)” features conversations with Morgan Guerin, James Harry, David Alday and Ánde Somby. These conversations open Michelle-Marie’s project narratives to the crucial perspectives of Indigenous communities, specifically speakers from the Musqueam, Squamish, Yaghan, and Sámi, for whom the stewardship and viability of waterways and everything within them has been collective knowledge for generations.

  • #1: Poetics of a Sovereign Ocean: Orality, Reciprocity, and Geopolitical Trajectories
    With Michelle-Marie Letelier and Paz Guevara.
  • #2: Reciprocity
    Featuring James(Nexw’Kalus-Xwalacktun)Harry, Morgan Guerin, and facilitated by Denise Ryner.
  • #3: Orality
    Featuring Ánde Somby in conversation with Michelle-Marie Letelier and Paz Guevara.
  • #4: Geopolitical Trajectories
    Featuring David Alday in conversation with Michelle-Marie Letelier and Paz Guevara.
  • #5: The Poetry (Matter)
    Performance by Michelle-Marie Letelier, followed by a Curatorial conversation with Paz Guevara, Denise Ryner and Anthony Meza-Wilson (Blue Cabin Residency).

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