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This is Not My Culture – Open Studio

September 26, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


This is Not My Culture – Open Studio
cSPACE Neighbourhood Hub

Artist Xstine Cook invites you to contemplate the creative potential of plastic as she transforms diverted packaging material into a full body mask creature.

By touching, manipulating, and re-purposing plastic that was intended for a single use before being thrown to Earth to process over unknown millennia, This is Not My Culture invites you to view this miraculous material not as waste, but as an extraordinary resource. The globe’s frantic pace of plastic generation is at the crux of the fraught relationship between humans’ minds and hearts; our addiction to convenience, vs the interconnectedness of all life.

The packaging materials for this residency were generated by Cook’s family’s normal consumption over the course of a year, and will be prepared on site in the Hub, where the mask will be imagined, designed, created and exhibited. Viewers will observe the repetitive, meticulous process of creation, and the slow reveal of the creature.

Open Studio
Whenever the artist is working, the space will be open. See schedule for confirmed times, or drop by to see what’s going on.

Note: Space will be closed: September 14-18

Events and Happenings
Check out several community events happening as part of This is Not My Culture, including Make-Your-Own Mask sessions, Mapperz Bring Your Own HDMI Vol II projection mapping event, Work and Watch movie nights, Cabaret Jam puppet meet up, a screening of the Bum Family’s film Pollution Solution, a special National Day of Truth and Reconciliation screening of Gitz Crazyboy’s Peace Pipeline, and an exhibition of This is Not My Culture creations.

*Some events request registration via Eventbrite.

*Photo credit: Sean Dennie


cSPACE Eau Claire Neighbourhood Hub
381 2 Avenue Southwest
Calgary, AB T2P 0C5 Canada
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