Cairban: A Contemporary Shark Hunt

Lørdag 14. januar 2023 kl. 13.00 –13.20

Universitetsmuseet, Naturhistorie

Muséplass 3

5007 Bergen

A rock in the port of the isle of Coll, Scotland, looks like it could be a shark fin in the morning mist
Miriam Sentler, 2021

Cairban: A Contemporary Shark Hunt is a performance by visual artist Miriam Sentler (NL/DE) and environmental humanities researcher Sadie Hale (NO/UK). The work is rooted in a three-day sea voyage on the North Atlantic, in which the duo set out in search of the oil-producing basking shark.

Cairban comments on modern surveillance technologies used in wildlife spotting, now a practice fueling the tourism industry of the Scottish Hebrides instead of the oil industry. This advanced modern technology is contrasted with the crude early methods described in historical reports of Hebridean shark hunters and the crew's own non-encounter, emphasizing how the 'wild' and mythical still evades capture today. 

On Saturday the 14th of January, Sadie and Miriam will give a performance in the whale hall, consisting of reading a travelogue in the middle of a so-called “shark wheel”. The performance highlights the unrealistic expectations of the crew and reflects on the changing of the human relationship to the shark throughout time.

Duration: 20 minutes
Language: English


Buy ordinary tickets for the museum  for Saturday 14. to attend the event here.


Adult: NOK 150,-
Reduced rate ticket NOK 110,-
Children (0–18 years): Free.

Students – upon presentation of a valid student ID: NOK 110,-

UiB students – Free of charge upon presentation of a valid student ID.

UiB employees NOK 110,-
– upon presentation of an employee card

Employees of the University Museum – upon presentation of an employee card: Free.

Group discount – granted to groups of more than 15 persons with ordinary adult tickets: NOK 110 per person.

Companion with companion certificate: Free

ICOM, Museum Association card: Free

Bergen Card: Free

Guides from tourist information/guide service: Free 

School system: Free (kindergartens, school classes, adult education)

Separate tickets will be made available for events and special exhibitions

Museum garden: Free admission