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September 3, 2017 – May 19, 2018


(Rimba Tubes or Thongophone)
Design: Scott Lindsay
Fabrication: Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Daniel Morphy, Steve Bottoms, Scott Lindsay
Contributions: Culliton Inc., Formatop
Materials: 3” plastic drainage pipe

A tubulum is a percussive instrument made out of PVC pipes, resembling a xylophone or vibraphone. The column of air inside each pipe is excited by striking one end of the tube with a flattened, rubbery “beater”, producing a unique sound.

Strike the mouth of the PVC with the foam beaters provided.


(Wooden Xylophone)
Design: Scott Lindsay
Fabrication: Steve Bottoms, Scott Lindsay, Maclean Cabinetry
Contributions: Home Hardware, Ideal Supply
Materials: 1912 Heintzman piano top and front, Central Vac tubing

The xylophone is a musical instrument in the percussion family that consists of wooden bars struck by mallets. Each bar is tuned to one pitch of a musical scale. The biggest bar is the lowest note, and the smallest bar is the highest note.

Strike the centre of the bars with the mallets provided.

Parable II: Persona

By Colin Labadie and Jordan Mandel
Parable II shines light at a certain angle to reveal the contours and edges of the mask you craft, the mask you wear, the mask you project, the mask which is your project. From behind this mask you find safety, routine, comfort. And from behind this mask you find the fundamental experience of disconnection. Where do you turn when you need help? And when you turn, what space does that create and what fills that void?

While our masks may wedge us apart, their omnipresence binds us. Leave a little of your mask behind, and let this Parable take shape.

“The mirror does not flatter, it faithfully shows whatever looks into it; namely, the face we never show to the world because we cover it with the persona, the mask of the actor.”
-Carl Jung, Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious

Where is that face, and what does it look like when the mask comes off? That answer may not be available – and if it’s not – then let us consider the mask.

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