A Handmade Assembly, October 18 - 21, 2017


Do Undo and Redo
Karen Trask

Friday, October 20, 2017, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Mount Allison University

In 2008, Trask transformed several hundred dictionaries of all types to make the work, Where the words goUsing the Japanese technique for spinning paper called ‘shifu’. She spun the dictionary pages into paper threads and slowly wound them into one giant ball. As a sculpture, it has been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions. It is now calling her to continue its transformation to another level of engagement. For the performance, Do Undo and Redo, Trask proposes to unravel this ball of dictionary thread. She will push it through the streets of Sackville and up and down the hills of Mount Allison campus, leaving a trail of paper thread behind her. Once completely unwound, she will retrace her footsteps and rewind the thread back into a ball. This action may be repeated. 


Kelly Ruth

Friday, October 20, 2017, 9:00 PM (doors open at 8:00 PM)
Sackville Curling Club, 22 Lansdowne Street

During this performance, Kelly Ruth is weaving a cloth on a floor loom. This is an act symbolically counter to the drive through pace of contemporary society. As she weaves, she is simultaneously using a contact microphone on the weaving loom, and running the sound through guitar pedals. Through continually changing the looping sounds she is creating live improvised musical compositions. The sounds created by the loom give the object a voice, which echoes the inventions of transportation, the militaristic organization of workers in large-scale industry, and mechanized industrial practises. Metronomically the sounds evoke a pulsing forward without pause towards 'progress.' It is this voice, which serves as a witness of civilization and shares with us its perspective of our place in history.