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Emotion-based Observation Painting | Life of a Craphead

  • TD Square, 4th Floor 324 8 Avenue Southwest Calgary, AB, T2P 2Z2 Canada (map)

TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, in partnership with M:ST Performative Art Festival, are pleased to present, Emotion-based Observation Painting, a one-day performance with Life of a Craphead across locations in the downtown core. 

Performance // Sunday, October 7th at 12:00PM starting at the TD Square Food court 4th floor, next to Tim Horton’s, 324 8 Ave SW. *Please arrive promptly at 12:00PM as this performance will visiting multiple locations. 

In the tradition of Impressionist paintings of white Europeans relaxing at picnics and doing other leisure activities, Emotion-based Observation Painting imagines this for our ancestors who are no longer alive, as well as those that are. This performance is part of Life of a Craphead’s exhibition, Entertaining Every Second at TRUCK Contemporary Art from September 7 – October 20 2018.

Entertaining Every Second is a new body of performance and sculptural work by Life of a Craphead that engages with experiences and representations of western imperialism in Asia. The title of comes from a Nam June Paik quote: “I am a poor [wo]man from a poor country, so I have to be entertaining every second.”


Life of a Craphead is the collaboration of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley. Their work spans performance art, film, and curation. The name “Life of a Craphead” comes from the opening joke of the very first live comedy routine they performed together in 2006. Amy is Chinese and Jon is Vietnamese-Irish and they live and work in Toronto, Canada.


This performance is supported by a production residency in concert with the ninth biennial M:ST Performative Art Festival, which takes place from September 7 - October 7 2018 in the Treaty 7 region, and includes 20 emerging, local, national and international performative artists.