The Poetry (Matter) Performance and Talk

September 25, 2021

Performance by Michelle Marie-Letelier
Curator talk and conversation to follow
September 25th, 2021 at 11:00 AM PDT
Online broadcast // limited in-person viewing at Or Gallery


The Or Gallery invites you to attend the upcoming live streamed performance and talk, THE POETRY (MATTER), by artist Michelle-Marie Letelier, guest curated by Paz Guevara. The performance is the last in a series of online events in connection with Or Gallery’s presentation of the project Am I Ancient Or A Human-Made Machine? Featuring the work of Michelle-Marie Letelier (artist, Berlin) and guest curated by Paz Guevara (HKW, Berlin). The talk will feature both the artist and curator in conversation with Anthony Meza-Wilson (Blue Cabin Residency, Vancouver) and Denise Ryner (Or Gallery, Vancouver)

The event can be streamed through Youtube and Facebook. Free reservations for the in-person streaming event on Saturday September 25th, can be made by emailing

Highlighting the transregional aspects of Letelier’s projects and the 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.


The series’ videos are available to view online now through the following links:

#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.


With the support of the Goethe Institut (Toronto).

For more information on Michelle-Marie Letelier’s practice, please click here to be redirected.

For more information on the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency Program, please click here to be redirected.


Online programming in connection with:
Am I Ancient, Or a Human-Made Machine?
Michelle-Marie Letelier
Guest Curated by Paz Guevara
August 28 — October 2, 2021

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?

[Photograph: Dennis Ha]

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