sirenscrossing is an international, collaborative umbrella for a transdisciplinary site-specific practice. We think of humans as only one node of liveliness in the interweave of the living Earth. Through creating audience experiences in everyday spaces, we deepen into the lived reality of humans (even those in cities) and their sympoietic mesh with nonhumans, landscapes, and Earth systems. sirenscrossing seeks to enliven individual human’s awareness of their spiritual, biological, ecological, social, and technological entanglement in multispecies and hybrid bio/geo/techno processes. All of this has become increasingly urgent, on a planet in crisis. We hope to contribute to a tidal surge of momentum for change. Commissioned artist for Coventry UK City of Culture (2021-2022).
Monique is passionately dedicated to a theatrical practice as an act of resistance. Spun directly from the family-web of New York’s Spiderwoman Theater, her theatrical practice mines stories embedded in the body. Her first play Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots was produced in 1990 and is widely taught in curricula internationally. She is the co-editor, with Ric Knowles, of Staging Coyote’s Dream: An Anthology of First Nations Drama in English, vols. I & II and the upcoming vol.III, co-edited with Lindsay Lachance.
Thimbleberry Magazine celebrates Northern BC art and culture, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, and cultural commentary. It will publish original creative work and feature regular columnists who will document the cultural life of Northern BC. Thimbleberry is committed to serving all of Northern BC’s regions, reflecting the cultural life of the place, whether it be urban or rural, mountain or coast, settler or indigenous, celebrating its energy and angst.
Omineca’s mandate is “a safe space for creativity to flourish” and our Mission Statement is “Omineca Arts Centre will create space and opportunity for innovative, multidisciplinary, collaborative, and marginalized art forms within the Omineca region.” Our Core Values are: Welcoming, Innovative, Inclusive, Community-minded, Supportive, Accessible and Sustainable.The Omineca Arts Centre is an interdisciplinary, locally-led artist run centre that is grounded in arts-based community development. Omineca continues to facilitate collaboration and diversify opportunities for emerging & professional visual, literary, musical and performing artists. The centre is located in a storefront in the pedestrian core of Prince George’s downtown. Our aim is to co-develop meaningful and collaborative artistic projects, experiences, and models for catalyzing arts and culture in the Omineca region, while prioritizing inclusivity, responsiveness, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Jen Yakamovich (she/her) is a drummer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, environmental researcher, and educator currently living and working as a settler on Coast Salish territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Her musical approach tends towards the embodied, textural, and hidden worlds of multispecies collaboration. Jen performs as drummer on a number of projects ranging from folk, experimental, sound collage, R&B, and creative & improvised music. Her solo project is called “Troll Dolly”. She received her Master’s in Environmental Studies in 2020.
Artist and Author Mark Heine has come to realize he’s a story teller. Writing has long been a key component in his creative process. A written narrative accompanies each of his paintings, and several of his articles on painting have been published. The symbiotic relationship of these two distinct disciplines has led to a unique approach to both. His paintings, all captured moments in a larger story. Bringing one of those stories to life – to larger than life – marrying fiction to painting, is the focus of his most recent works … the Sirens series. His Sirens book is a work of fiction in the genre of magical realism and intended for young adults. The story examines humankind’s ambiguous and often destructive relationship with the natural world. Heine hopes the underlying message of his writing will promote sustainable thinking and environmental stewardship in young people. Each of his Sirens paintings is the visualization of a key moment in his manuscript.
Kristin Gyrlevich Singh is a multidisciplinary community-engaged environmental artist and activist graciously living on the unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Wǝlastǝkewiyik/Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet), Mi’kmaq/Mi’kmaw and Peskotomuhkati. Her arts practice is dedicated to social change in the areas of environmental sustainability and gender equality. She is an emerging visual artist and poet as well as a song writer. Her aim is to foster an interconnected relationship between our waterways, our lands and our people and to inspire others to find harmony within themselves and the environment. Her belief that the message is more important than the medium has led to using all natural paints, dyes, fungi and bacteria to create biodegradable environmentally friendly art work. It is with these works that she hopes to convey that it is the ideas communicated in our art that foster change that must remain. Alongside this practice , Kristin has worked in the non-profit and public sectors as a board member, volunteer librarian, art therapy leader, gallery owner and manager. She opened Under the Tree Art Gallery in 2020 to give local artists a venue to showcase their work during the COVID-19 pandemic and to help engage the community with art and the environment.
Linnéa Rowlatt is a playwright and historian living in Whitehorse on the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. Trained as a climate historian and now beginning a climate fiction trilogy, she keenly aware of two things: that humanity is unlikely to go extinct in one Black Swan event and that our imagination is a central key to developing a way forward, individually and collectively.