TH&B Panacea (2023)
In 2022, TH&B (Tor Lukasik-Foss, Dave Hind, Ivan Jurakic, Simon Frank) worked with Great Lakes Foundry to transform the double-swallowtail crest design of the TH&B railway logo into an over-sized cast-iron fry pan designed to serve as a catalyst for communal gatherings. TH&B: Panacea marks the collective’s third official action with the pan, a ritual designed specifically for Supercrawl 2023, using the pan and a specially designed cooking fire to make and share small handcakes, each delivered with a condiment reflecting the complexity of the Great Lakes region. These condiments included jams jellies and scrumped from trees in urban adjacent spaces within a kilometer of the performance site. Over 700 patrons were served during the evening, requiring over 30 litres of homemade pancake batter, and 30 jars of homemade preserves.
A panacea is defined as a remedy for all difficulties and diseases; the collective believe that the spirit of this communal gesture will encourage people to consider food as a form of reciprocity, and cooking for others as a kindness that can help heal us both physically and psychologically.