Festivals: M:ST 9 Biennial | September 7 - October 7, 2018.
This project presented with Truck Contemporary Art in Calgary.
Project description coming soon!
Life of a Craphead (LOAC) is the collaboration of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley. LOAC’s
multidisciplinary practice centres on performance, film, and curatorial projects,
integrating different genres and contexts. Their practice employs humour and draws from
popular forms like Disney films, blockbuster museum shows, and live comedy to engage
audiences in challenging and pleasurable ways, towards a critical investigation of
contemporary culture and politics.
LOAC projects include The Life of a Craphead Fifty Year Retrospective, 2006 – 2056 (Art
Gallery of Ontario, 2013), a fake career retrospective featuring photo documentation of
performance works both ‘future’ and past, and the play and exhibition Double Double
Land Land (Gallery TPW, 2009). In 2016, they completed their first feature length film Bugs
(72 min., live action) , a political satire set in a fictional Bug society; Canadian Art
described it as “funny furious… turning contemporary life upside down.” The film has
screened across Canada and the US. In October 2016, LOAC collaborated with Geoffrey
Farmer on a performance of John Cage’s “Sounds of Venice,” launching the Canada
Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale at Art Toronto.
As curators, LOAC organized and hosted the popular monthly performance art show
Doored (2012 – 2017), which toured to the US and Europe. Doored was a live show and
online broadcast that spans the genres of comedy, experimental theatre, and public
access TV, with a focus on supporting performance work by women, people of color,
queer and trans people. The show featured new performances from seven artists to a
live audience each month, and was broadcast online simultaneously via an analog
video system and five person camera crew. During its run of 30 shows, the work of over
100 artists was featured.