Salmon People

Salmon People, recombinant multi-channel audio video installation, 2010-15
A collaboration with Simon Lysander Overstall, and Adams River sockeye salmon

–video shows 2 min clip of installation at Surrey UrbanScreen, 2015–

Salmon People considers the shared ecologies of salmon and humans through videos of spawning salmon combined with human activity in the ocean and river waters that are part of this Adams River salmon population’s migration route. The project presents a below-water point of view, a realm normally unavailable to humans. Salmon, human, marine bird sounds make up the sonic field in the project. Salmon People presents a computational recombinant video-audio panorama, a constantly changing land-sea-scape, signaling interspecies ocean and river communities.

“This artwork is a source of inspiration, bringing awareness to fish, on a peace keeping missive, moving through human and nonhuman landscapes, cultures, and media politics.” —Prophecy Sun, Carlson, K., Bizzocchi, J., Schiphorst, T. (2017)

“…Salmon People offers a dissenting and empathic understanding of the lives of other species, one that speaks to current environmental challenges as well as a growing awareness of the agency and consciousness of other species.” —Carol Gigliotti (2016)

Production Team:
Julie Andreyev: direction, video editing
Simon Lysander Overstall:
 software, sound design
Paolo Pennuti in collaboration with Elisa Ferrari: 
Adams River cinematography
Jonathan Nunes: Fraser River cinematography


  • 2018, Sept 8- Jan 6, 2019, “Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity”, curated by Barbara Matilsky, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA.
  • 2015, Oct 23 – Jan 31, 2016, “Salmon People”, Surrey UrbanScreen, Surrey, Canada.
  • 2015, May 13 – June 14, “Salmon People”, at Videographe, Montreal. Curated by Brenda Cleniuk.
  • 2014, “Salmon People” at Interactive Futures 2014: More-Than-Human Worlds, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver.


associated publications:

(upcoming) Andreyev, Julie. “Salmon People.” Collaborating with Nature: Public Art & the Environment, PAD Public Art Dialogue Journal, fall 2019. Routledge at Taylor & Francis.

Matilsky, Barbara. “Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity.”Bellingham, WA:  Whatcom Museum, 2018.

Sun, p., Carlson, K., Bizzocchi, J., Schiphorst, T. (2017) “Urban Mesh: Exploring Data, Biological Processes and Immersion in the Salmon People.” Bio-Creation and Peace, Proceedings, ISEA2017, Manizales, Columbia.

Gigliotti, Carol. “Hard Destiny: Julie Andreyev’s and Simon Lysander Overstall’s Salmon People” Surrey Urbanscreen, 2016.

supported by:
GRAND AD-NODE Project Fund, Emily Carr University of Art + Design