• Artists: Max Dean, Jared Raab
  • Medium: Video Installation
  • Project Type: Creation : Destruction
  • Curator: Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta
  • Neighbourhood: Fort York

A video installation will reveal what happens when a hand game like rock-paper-scissors turns from a playful encounter into a confrontational experience?


TAS, previously Quality Meats

  • Address: 2 Tecumseth St.
  • Public Washrooms: No
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible, uneven surface throughout the viewing area
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors
  • Content: Other (please specify)

The Project

This video artwork will explore the exact moment when a creative act turns destructive: when a playful or loving touch becomes something more violent, when a caress becomes a slap. Looking directly at these turning points can be an uncomfortable experience. But looking directly can also provide a unique vantage point from which to examine our motivations, our humanity and the consequences of our actions. "That Moment" will be screened, appropriately, in an abattoir—a building that once signified a full spectrum of activity ranging from slaughter to sustenance. Using the visual and acoustical properties of hambone music and body percussion, the video will develop, explore and examine the precise moment when one kind of gesture turns, almost alchemically, into its opposite.

The Artists

Originally trained as an art historian, Governor General’s Award–winning artist Max Dean creates kinetic sculptural installations that mix digital and analog technologies to create ingenious, interactive work. Jared Raab is a cinematographer, editor and director whose projects have screened around the world at festivals like TIFF, Sundance, Rotterdam and Locarno.


  • This project is sponsored by

The artists would like to acknowledge the generous support of five Toronto donors who made this project possible, and the tireless work of our cast and crew. They would also like to acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.