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the ecology of perception

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Hart to Heart


A time to listen.

To our Elders, our Astronauts, and our Artists.


In an embattled northern watershed,

a river takes us on a magical journey

through human nature, the rest of nature,

and leads us to… ourselves.


Hart to Heart is a feature length cross-genre cinematic work to be developed when resources are secured.


A moving image installation piece also inspired by the Hart river has been completed in 2015: Hart to Heart: Reflections, an interactive stereo 3D video installation. This installation has shown at venues such as BMFBF 2015, In It, ISEA 2015, ALFF, and DCISFF.


Remote Sensibility VIII: the ecology of perception is a multiscreen interactive S3D moving image installation inspired by the Peel watershed. Currently seeking resources and in development,

RS VIII is scheduled to exhibit at Yukon Arts Centre in December 2019.

Moon and mountain image by Joe Muething

Moose image by Brendan Preston


In the Yukon’s Peel watershed, for the first time many voices are given a safe place to be heard, speaking about the land

and our connection to it.


Yet as the fate of the watershed is determined, 

this new paradigm is threatened by the old, igniting a dialogue including First Nation elders, youth, miners, scientists, artists, astronauts. In this place where human values in the land overlap and can divide us, this journey ignites a question for urban and industrial culture: 


how do we transcend our duality with the earth?


On the Peel’s Hart river, there is a story.


It seems we need to listen to be heard... 

and let art speak for the heart.




Painting by Suzanne Paleczny