2019 - 2021
trailer by Artificial Rome, approx. 15 min.
virtual reality experience
Photo by Oddbjørn Erland Aarstad
Photo by Daniela Arrriado
The Bone is an interactive VR experience inside the skull of a wild salmon, where certain elements and narrations are to be discovered. 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.
Located inside an intermediate world–between deep sea and universe; between present, future or past; between reality, dream or utopia–this skull is a sculptural/architectural construction. The experiencer discovers two otoliths that grow interactively, revealing details about this salmon’s life in the past, as well as reflections towards its cousins: the captive salmons. These reflections are presented as a voice-over from the wild salmon’s perspective; the owner of the skull, in a way of the salmon’s poetic flow of consciousness. The real and virtual space is welcomed by a Yoik sung by Sámi artist Ánde Somby, providing a unique echo and spatiality to this VR, which is physically installed inside an old fishing boat. The materiality of the real old wood sensually echoes the virtual skull, inviting the experiencers to a journey that departs from their position as fisher species, towards the poiseis of the fish’ life.
The Bone was commissioned in 2019 by Screen City Biennial (SCB), Ecologies – lost, found and continued, presented in Stavanger, Norway.
The Bone is currently being developed and produced to a 2.0 version. The VR will be translated to several languages, and during 2020-2022, tour through Norway, Chile, Germany and Canada in collaboration with The Martin Gusinde Anthropological Museum, Goethe Institute, Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter, Sami Center for Contemporary Art and Or Gallery.
The Bone has been funded by Fondos Cultura Convocatoria 2020 – Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Chile, Goethe Institut Norway and Chile – and the Arts Council Norway.
Designed by Mote Studio
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