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Remote Sensibility VIII : the ecology of perception         


to our elders

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I recently attended Marten Berkman's art show "Remote Sensibility VIII: the ecology of perception"

He has captured the true sense of interconnection and integration that we as humans may feel and know at some level, but have difficulty perceiving. The variety of mediums engage each of the senses. The sand and artifacts engage the tactile and olfactory senses providing a sense of grounding, especially if you play in it a bit! The 3D pictures enable you to step into the art rather than just observe. And of course the larger than life print transports you to the open tundra. As an educator this exhibit is a wonderful example for students to see how technology can be used to connect rather than create separation in a beautiful way. Thank you for such an awe inspiring creation!

Heidi Warren

Principal, Nelnah Bessie John School, Beaver Creek, Yukon

Marten Berkman’s immersive 3D exhibit is sublime. From the moment you walk into the installation, you are transported into the beautifully rugged Yukon wilderness in a modern time. The natural soundscapes along with moving sound design compliments the storytelling. We meet and hear local people in the stories, as the intersecting themes of space/time and life reflect our own relationships with the land and nature.

Each of the well designed poetic 3D experiences form new meanings when juxtaposed together. Turning the passive viewing experience into an active one, the installations let the viewer be transported into the stories and their contexts.

The tactile hands on experiences with found objects from the land bring home the idea of an ever adapting life in our new realities of living in this decade.

This exhibit needs to be seen and shared with more people globally. Well done Marten, inspired work.

Jaro Malanowski


FAVA - Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta


Earth and moon image courtesy NASA

Hi Marten,

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your multi-media exhibit at the Yukon Arts Centre. 


What can I say, but WOW...  I feel very fortunate to have seen it on its last day and wish I had gone earlier so that I could have returned often to sit in reflection.  It is a very moving exhibit that evokes thoughts about our interaction with our environment, the land that we live on and depend on for nourishment, the water that cleanses us and our, sometimes, disregard for this very precious planet.  It is an exhibit whose impact will stay with me and cause me to reflect into the future.


The use of 3D really brings one into the environment and the moment so that you feel a part of this living breathing landscape. 


I hope that I will have an opportunity to see it again.


Thank you.

Vicki McCollum

Viewing Marten Berkman’s work REMOTE SENSIBILITY at the Yukon Arts Centre was extraordinary. Like the land surrounding it, REMOTE SENSIBILITY was an immersive experience.  It quieted me immediately, but perhaps my favourite moment/ memory was walking upon the section of the piece that somehow revealed what was below the venue’s floor.  It was something I’d never seen in an installation work and its beauty was startling.  REMOTE SENSIBILITY is a work I highly recommend.

Michael Greyeyes

actor, choreographer, director and educator

Berkman’s work transformed the gallery space into a connection point, where one’s position in a larger ecology was profoundly felt. As his 3-dimensional video reached out from the walls and up from the floor towards my body, it also seemed to reach backwards, past the room and out into the world. I felt inextricably linked to the land, the people, the stories, the songs, the natural and the human-made worlds that he wove together for us in image and sound. It was a powerful experience that held all the possibility to reconnect the divides between nature and culture, between us and them.

Krista Davis

Media Artist, MFA

Artist statements, and rational explanations with words and concepts to describe visual art, are those fleeting grasps to catch up with the creative spirit from behind, to somehow subdue it with a description that pales in comparison to the visceral experience of the art itself - and there is no greater example of that inadequacy in the attempt to use words than when describing Marten's recent show Remote Sensibility VIII: the ecology of perception.

The actual experience you have with Marten's art is beyond the realm of words, concepts and descriptions. It transports you to a different place within yourself as images and sound wash over you and through you in a dynamic flow that takes you out of time and space. A delightful, vibrant kaleidoscopic oblivion woven with nuanced meaning. 

Visual artistry transport you to another world and you sit transfixed for two hours not noticing your breathing or how the chair feels under your legs.  Meta-word. Far Out...you are simply transported and thankful for the journey.

Chris McNutt

Producer and Film Maker

Marten Berkman is an artist and environmental activist who takes connoisseurs of his work to places of meaning and feeling at the intersection of art and philosophy. His three-dimensional images leap from their surfaces to touch our hearts, and his photographic murals wrap you in places. This work nurtures our capacities: to perceive, to care, to heal, and for justice as if the world mattered.

Bob Jickling

Professor Emeritus, Lakehead University - environmental, experiential, and outdoor education and environmental philosophy

I made the time and I am well rewarded! Thank you Marten for very transporting emotions and your exploration of the 3D work. Wonderful how you also incorporated so many artists in very meaningful ways. So many layers to this. Brilliant work.

Daphne Menell

Visual Artist

Are we part of nature or are we simply superimposed on it? The ecologist, the miner, the forester, the developer, the hiker, the urban dweller; the perspectives are endless, as are the lenses one may wear to see our place on the landscape. The exhibit gave me a sense of wearing all of the lenses at one time, and asked me to reconsider which lenses I may use to find my own place on this earth.

Alex Benitah