CAMPER: SUBTEXT | September 16 and September 17, 2017


SEPT 16 & SEPT 17, 9AM - 7PM

Outside of Arts Commons, 8 Ave near the Ca'Puccini / centre court entrance


In concert with Contemporary Calgary’s NEVER THE SAME: what (else) can art writing do? TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary's CAMPER will be on site Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 from 9AM - 7PM daily. A proposed space for discussion and regeneration, SUBTEXT offers an auxiliary site to meet, connect, and reflect.

Over the lunch hour, symposium participants and members of the public are invited to sign up to speak with symposium panelists, Amy Fung and Dr. Jeanne Randolph during two special public workshops on a first come, first seated basis.

Join Amy Fung for, "There is no such thing as your objectivity: a workshop on the art of non-descriptive writing", a series of micro writing workshops for 6 people each day.

Dr. Jeanne Randolph will be hosting a group workshop titled, "an intellectual adventure for passive and assertive people". 

The lunch hour schedule:
Saturday, September 16
1:15p - 1:45p - "an intellectual adventure for passive and assertive people" with Dr. Jeanne Randolph
1:50p - 2:30p - "There is no such thing as your objectivity: a workshop on the art of non-descriptive writing" with Amy Fung

Sunday, September 17
1:00p - 1:30p - "an intellectual adventure for passive and assertive people" with Dr. Jeanne Randolph
1:45p - 2:15p - "There is no such thing as your objectivity: a workshop on the art of non-descriptive writing" with Amy Fung

CAMPER (Contemporary Art Mobile Public Exhibition Rig) is a 1975 Dodge Empress motor-home, modified to become a portable public exhibition and project space.  CAMPER’s mandate is to investigate the places where art, the road, education, and recreation meet, and to explore these intersections in an inclusive, participation-oriented manner that fosters public engagement and appreciation of contemporary art practices.

Learn more about Contemporary Calgary’s NEVER THE SAME: what (else) can art writing do? symposium, including the complete line-up of symposium participants and ticketing information, by following this link

Amy Fung

Amy Fung is a writer, researcher and curator currently based in Toronto, Canada, with a specialization in criticism, poetics, and the moving image. Fung received her Masters in English and Film Studies from the University of Alberta in 2009 and was the Artistic Director of IMAGES Festival, Toronto for 2015 – 2017. Fung has published her writings in Canadian Art, Art Papers, C Magazine, Fuse, and Frieze, among other publications and is a co-founder of MICE Magazine. Fung’s recent curatorial projects have included a two-day reading series featuring Maria Fusco, Eileen Myles, Lynne Tillman, and Jacob Wren co-presented by Artspeak, the Western Front and 221A in Vancouver;  and “They Made A Day Be A Day Here,” a touring exhibition at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, the Mendel Art Gallery, and the School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba. She is currently writing her first book.

Jeanne Randolph

Dr Jeanne Randolph is a Canadian cultural theorist, performer and author who is renowned for her method of ficto-critical writing that emerged in Canada in the 1980s. Randolph was also the first and only writer in Canada to develop Object Relations Psychoanalytic Theory as a medium for cultural criticism. As part of the art writing and knowledge production panel, Randolph will unravel some of the assumptions about what (else) art writing can do.  Her presentation might possibly resemble a stand-up theory performance.

110 | Megan Gnanasihamany | August 5, 2017


Join us on Saturday August 5, 2017 from 7:00PM to 10:00PM at Stanley Park for In Situ CAMPER installation 110 by Megan Gnanasihamany. The CAMPER will be situated in the lower end of the park between 4th St SW and the Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club.
Growing up in Alberta is to grow up positioned in relation to the road. A disconnect to land is inherent in vehicular travel, othering and rendering strange everything outside of the air-conditioned confines. From peering at intermittent road-signs, trying not to miss the turnoff, and rotating the same 5 cds as a break from seemingly unending radio static to the smell of long-cold gas station coffee, the road trip becomes its own space and driver and passenger come to know the vehicle as an extension of bodies traveling between destinations. 110 is an exploration into the meeting points of memory, filmic fiction, and bodily experience within a stationary road trip. Set within the interior of CAMPER, the work invites participatory viewership as we explore micro-narratives of backroads and highways within a familiar landscape.

Megan Gnanasihamany

Megan Gnanasihamany is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Edmonton, Alberta. From exploring the delineations between natural and urban space to acting as a member of an imagined sports team with Tennis Club collective, notions of culturally accepted reality and performing as a person within those realms inform Megan’s work in sculpture, text, collage, sound installation, and video. Her practice centers around themes of participatory viewership, performative identity, fictive realities, and cultural myth-making. Megan spends her leisure time exploring the joys of discovering local flora and fauna, biking across bridges, and listening to the chorus of construction surrounding her home.

BIKE-IN CINEMA! | CSIF / TRUCK | July 29, 2017


When the sun begins to set and the shadows grow long join The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary for an exciting evening of outdoor cinema in Sunalta Park.

At sundown, we will be screening the short film STRANGE TERRITORY by Calgary-based artists Ashley Bedet and Jessie Short, and the feature film A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT directed by Ana Lily Amirpour.

Bike in, chill out, bring your own snacks!

JULY 29 @ 9:30PM
Sunalta Park (1627 10 Ave SW)

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT Dir. Ana Lily Amirpour (2014) I 101min

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the town’s most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red.

Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mashup of genre archetypes and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone-inspired riffs, it’s airy, anamorphic, black and white aesthetic and artfully drawn out scenes combine with simmering tension to make the first Iranian Vampire Western.
STRANGE TERRITORY Dirs. Ashley Bedet and Jessie Short (2017) I 3:42min

STRANGE TERRITORY follows Shim, a transparent eyeball, in this meditation on the intricacies of pleasure and desire. Erotic fulfilment could very well be equal parts exploration as it is knowing your own self and desires, ridiculous as that playful examination can be. 

Bike-In Cinema! | TRUCK, CSIF, QAS | July 30, 2015


Join us Thursday July 30th for a psychedelic evening of films under the stars as TRUCK's CAMPER, the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, & Quickdraw Animation Society co-presenting another edition of Bike-In Cinema! 

The CAMPER will be parked behind the Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Centre and the evenings programs will begin shortly after sunset (9:30ish). 

Program List: 
Mud (2014). Dir. Neal Moignard 

Mattress Poster (2014). Dir. Nicole Brunel 

Cystit (2014). Dir. Gwen Morgan & Ryan Von Hagen 

Slice of Life (2015). Dir. Racket Hill 

A Field in England (2013). Dir. Ben Wheatley 

A Field in England is a psychedelic trip into magic and madness from director Ben Wheatley. In the war-torn England countryside in 1648, a small group of deserters flee the raging battle through an overgroun field. They are captured and forced to help on of their captors in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. The group defends into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they gradually become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field. 

Bike-In Cinema! is an outdoor screening series hosted by TRUCK Gallery’s CAMPER (Contemporary Art Mobile Public Exhibition Rig) presented in partnership with some of Calgary’s finest film, production and new media organizations.Using the CAMPER as a site for projection, Bike-in Cinema is a collaborative celebration of film, animation and media that encourages exploration of Calgary’s urban environment. Set in the various locations of the Calgary outdoors, Bike-in Cinema invites all to cycle towards the CAMPER for a night full of animation and film! 

Le Moat Juice | Ray Fenwick | July 24, 2015


Le Moat Juice was a group of short, inter-related performance works somewhere between experimental comedy and performance art. The pieces that comprise Le Moat Juice focus with an absurd intensity on (mostly failed) attempts to communicate with others, with one’s self and with the divine.