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Cryptic triptych

This project is a collaborative exploration of interpretation across art forms. Along the lines of broken telephone or exquisite corpse, the artists build off of one another's offering, translating it into a different art form. A painting comes alive in dance, and dance transforms into poetry. What remains of the original offering in the end? What has changed? 

Scroll down to meet the artists and explore the works.

The Artists
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Visual Art
Bucko (Chris Binkowski)

I am a multidisciplinary artist based in Ottawa, Canada. I perform synth-based electronic music using an iPhone and a custom sound system mounted on my power wheelchair. I’ve created massive abstract acrylic paintings on raw canvas spanning up to seven by nine feet. I share digital paintings with poetic titles on Instagram. My name is Chris Binkowski and I sign my work as Bucko...


Dance Video
Allison Elizabeth Burns

Allison is a compassionate performing arts professional with a strong commitment to public engagement in dance. She is a choreographer, performer, educator, and producer based in Ottawa. As a passionate dance advocate, she promotes dance awareness and comprehension. Allison has choreographed and performed in multidisciplinary projects, plays, videos, dance works, and commissions...


Poetic Captions and
Audio Interpretation 
Maria-Hélèna Pacelli, B.F.A., M.A.

MH is a community organizer, visual artist, writer, singer/songwriter, popular educator and yoga teacher. Her work as an artist and activist has inspired current graduate research on political theatre and the intersections between art and social transformation and informed her practice in the art world as well as her interest in social movements, transformation and relevant political issues...





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by Bucko (Chris Binkowski), June 3, 2021

Image Description: A tall abstract image created with bold colours. At the top is an intense red that, traveling downwards, fades to a crisp horizontal white line tiled down on the right. Purple and blue are introduced in soft halos above a triangular taupe shape sitting in deep red. The shape has a tail that moves further down into a burst of yellow surrounded by the red and some purple. The bottom of the image is red with soft white corners.

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Surrender and Remember With Every Fiber

by Allison Elizabeth Burns, June 2021

The Artwork


Twirling Fabric

by Maria-Hélèna Pacelli, August 2021

The video begins

Red screen

Red screen

A shape appears

It looks like a face

It's a veiled face

From the front

Then from the side

Then from the front again


I hear a note

The person’s eyes are closed

Then they open

Close up

Fabric begins to drop

Red veil

The veil fades

As I look closer

Shoulders roll back

Filter fades to white

One shoulder

The other shoulder rolls back

Chin up

Shoulder back

Shoulder back


Music is sensual

Movements are sensual



Blue fabrics

Movements flow

Open arms

Hug yourself


Purple fabric covers the screen

A figure dressed in red holding blue and purple fabric

Makes circles with their upper body

In one direction

The other direction

Drawing the head back

Drawing hands around themselves

Circles with the head

Circles with the body




White background

Red dress


Arms circling, circling, circling…

Around to one side

Around to the other side

Twisting fabric

Overlap faded fabric



White background

Twirling, twirling fabric


Bringing fabric to the heart centre, drawing it up

The figure in the red dress holds hands by the heart centre

Beating heart

Beating heart expands

Mimicking the beating heart with the hands




White background


A pregnant body appears in a white dress

Moving arms

Then moving hands

Slow movements




Moving hands and forearms

Overlapping figure

Slow movements

In one direction

Hands like small butterfly wings

Then folding over one another

Twirling body

Twirling hands


Drawing circles with the arms

Flowing in one direction

The figure has a tattoo on her back

She begins to move faster

Arms like a bird

The music…

Is sensual





White dress

White background

Hair tied back

Purple fabric

Blue fabric

Overlapping video frames with hands

Beating heart






And white


Dressed in blue

Hands come together

The video fades

To white

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