ART IN FEST is an annual festival of contemporary art in Halifax NS, suffused with the spirit of OBEY Convention and produced through The Khyber Centre for the Arts. Events occurring for the third installment of Art In Fest will take place at The Khyber (1880 Hollis St.) and at Art Bar (1873 Granville St.) throughout 26-29 May 2016.



Event 01: Thursday 26 May, 2016 / 10PM-2AM

Live performances at The Khyber / Art Bar:


10PM Daltry Rose C.-L: MeMenManyManipulate

10PM-2AM Anni Araujo Spadafora: Felt in the belly, known to be real

10PM-2AM Erika Ellsworth: Satin Knights


The first Art In Fest event consists of three separate live performances from artists Daltry Rose C.-L (Halifax), Anni Araujo Spadafora (Toronto) and Erika Ellsworth (Moncton). These performances are either scheduled or will be occurring throughout the OBEY Convention IX opening night celebration at The Khyber (amidst a dance party) and Art Bar (with bands Belave, Shining Wizard, and Eddy). This is the only OBEY pass-holders 19+ event for Art In Fest.

Event 02: Friday 27 May, 2016 / 6-8PM


Projected performances at The Khyber:


6PM Ridwan rau rau: Bersatu Kita Teguh Bercerai Kita Runtuh

630PM Beck Gilmer-Osborne: PREREQUISITES

7PM Baby Morocco: TBA


Three projected performances will take place at The Khyber for Event 02 from artists Ridwan rau rau (Jakarta ID), Beck Gilmer-Osborne (Toronto), and Baby Morocco (London UK), using a combination of prerecorded video and Skype. This performance event is free and for all-ages.

Event 03: Saturday 28 May, 2016 / 12-2PM


Children’s workshop at The Khyber:


OBABY Workshop: Gonzago & Friends

This is a free drop-in art and music workshop for children ages 0-10 and their guardians. Organized by Art In Fest, all workshop stations are led by Halifax-based artists and recent graduates of a tuition-free certificate program called The Gonzago Institute.

Event 04: Saturday 28 May, 2016 /  5-6PM


Performance at Art Bar:


David Clark

The Smile without the Cat: A Lecture about Aesthetics


A 45-minute scripted lecture, choreographed with projection mapping and sound, which examines the smile and an array of cultural, scientific, and historical ideas that surround known understandings of this innate human gesture. This performance event is free and for all-ages.

Event 05: Sunday 29 May, 2016 / 3-5PM


Film screening at Art Bar: Life of a Craphead: Bugs.


Art In Fest concludes with a film screening of the art collective’s new film Bugs with artist Q&A and live performance. This event is free and for all-ages.


Daltry Rose C.-L: MeMenManyManipulate


MeMenManyManipulate is a stress-inducing meditation workshop on clearing mental pain-related stress and unusually noisy mind space, through use of props, humour and actions set forth by the practitioner. Relaxation will serve as both the fee and product for the event attendees. Relaxation will be summoned and prescribed verbally as well as sculpturally by the practitioner. Momentary enlightenment or relapse into natural states of relaxation is a promise made and kept by the practitioner through completion of the workshop in a scheduled timeframe. Attendees may experience internal or psychic travel into other realms as a group. There will be no assigned seats or mandatory standing positions to be taken. The practitioner will see that no attendee is denied access, mentally or otherwise, from contrasting levels of relaxation and anguish. There is no guarantee of permanent relief.



Daltry Rose C.-L.'s intermedia-based practice is fueled by the urgency of “the friction point”. Her performance work combines stand-up, intervention and dance, pivoting around the demand to confront her physicality; acting as both a tool and a limitation to her inquiries, the body is reevaluated as subject, object, site of trauma and body as situation. Her interest lies in redefining precepts of gender and of the self through reenactment and improvisation of vulnerability and fury.


Event 01: Thursday 26 May, 2016 / 10PM-2AM

Anni Araujo Spadafora:

Felt in the belly, known to be real


Many documented ghost sightings or witnessing of the supernatural have been measured as unknowing consumption of 19 Hz sound. Most humans can hear sound through the ear organ at 20 Hz; only some can detect sounds at even lower frequencies through vibrations felt in other parts of the body. 17 Hz is known as "the edge of hearing”, while at a slightly higher frequency,

19 Hz is nicknamed "the sound of fear" for often unknowingly producing feelings of dread and uneasiness in the body, despite any audible sound.


Some Infrasound Low Frequency (>20 Hz) sources:

Earthquakes - Sonic Boom - An Ass Farting - Calving Icebergs - Diesel Engines - Tsunamis - The Call Of Whales - Wind Turbines – Tornadoes - Lightning - Meteors - Aurorae - Ocean Waves - Chemical Explosions

Some animals can detect the vibrations of infrasound and warn their herd of the coming disaster.


My maternal Grandfather was a Medium. Practicing out of Lilydale, the biggest Spiritualist town in North America, he worked to communicate between the living and spirit worlds. I was not passed down the genetic ability to sense ghosts or paranormal activity. I am, however, prone to déjà vu (though I’ve heard that is a brain-thing)


Felt in the belly, known to be real is a collective hallucination, a ghost story, an experimental sound performance and a low frequency YouTube sound test. Earplugs will be provided.



Anni Araujo Spadafora is a Toronto-based artist working across media including sound, performance, textiles/fibre art, and installation. She plays in the band New Fries. Informally trained in every method she uses, she aligns herself with cultures of self-initiation and collaboration. Recent project and performance sites include Art Gallery of Ontario, XPACE Gallery and Mercer Union.


Event 01: Thursday 26 May, 2016 / 10PM-2AM

Erika Ellsworth: Satin Knights


In Anthony Van Dyck's 1638 painting of Lord John Stuart and his brother Lord Bernard Stuart, one of them is dangling a glove by their side. Gloves of that time were often perfumed by young men and given as love gifts to women. Satin Knights is a modern take on this theatrical fashion statement. A small motley group of reserved, cultivated erratic individuals will be styled and mingling about, trying to win their love's affection. It will be a love scene amongst the crowd, the costumes will be contemporary romance, and the perfumes will be created by the young men themselves as all-natural, non-synthetic, or harmful scents.



This multimedia Fashionista-Artist claims to be a Romantic Popper fighting the Slick Snots. She uses narrative and satire in her fashion and art to resolve social tension by exposing problems. Though she doesn’t feel obliged to solve them, she enjoys bringing them to the surface as material to manipulate into beauty.


Event 01: Thursday 26 May, 2016 / 10PM-2AM

Ridwan rau rau: Bersatu Kita Teguh Bercerai Kita Runtuh


Bersatu Kita Teguh Bercerai Kita Runtuh (translated, United We Stand Divorce We Crumbling) is jargon that is embedded in my heart deeply and one that must continue to be shared. There is a theory of sticks in Indonesian philosophy; they are a symbol of togetherness and unity that together form a strong force. A single rod amongst scattered sticks is easily broken and is not able to work effectively to clean a messy surface. However if sticks are united in a bond to create a broom, then they have the strength to push dirt into a pile.


I was born and live in a country where once people helped each other, helped others regardless of their background, religion, race, and social strata, rich and poor together felt warmth, love and affection, a peaceful life, peaceful and comfortable, everything felt positive. Now I feel there is something missing. The Indonesian people are familiar with a term “Gotong Royong”, which means working together to achieve an outcome that is coveted, “Gotong” = “Work”, “Royong” = “Together”.



Ridwan rau rau is a multidisciplinary artist, born and raised in Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia.


Event 02: Friday 27 May, 2016 / 6-8PM

Beck Gilmer-Osborne: PREREQUISITES


PREREQUISITES is a performance based on medical gate-keeping in relation to transitioning and white masculine privilege within the medical industrial complex. There are certain physical attributes one must have in order to obtain access to hormones (to medically transition). To obtain synthetic testosterone, an individual will benefit from being tall and lean with minimal curves, having small breasts and/or binding, a mid-range voice, wearing “masculine clothing” and having masculine body language and mannerisms. Essentially, the prerequisite for gaining access to the medical industrial complex as a trans person is to possess the potential to “pass” as the opposite sex that one was assigned at birth. Doctors need to see, in the present, that one's future transgender embodiment will be undetectable in public. Many non-binary individuals must fabricate their transgender narratives in order to move forward with medically transitioning.


The idea of passing as a fixation among the transgender community is highly problematic. To pass connotes having to conceal one’s true identity and exist publicly as something else that one is not; passing becomes a theatrical disguise. Passing leaves no room for non-binary transgender desire to exist beyond the categorical limitations of male and female/man and woman. The idea of passing leaves trans people behind when they cannot do it successfully, and swallows trans people whole when they pass reluctantly.


I am at a moment in my transition where I am more often than not gendered as male.


I am passing.


I am disappearing.



Beck Gilmer-Osborne is a queer identified and award-winning visual artist currently working in Toronto. Their work focuses on tensions, absences, and power in relation to fluctuating gender identities; they explore and interrogate the potential of gender embodiment to serve as both a tool for gender deconstruction and revision.


After receiving a Governor General's Silver Academic Award in 2015, Beck continues to make meaningful connections between their artistic and academic interests. They are a volunteer at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives where they are pursuing interests in learning transgender histories, self-archiving through art making, and meeting ghosts. Beck's current (ongoing) body of work is attempting to unpack their experiences with transness, mental illness and familial bonds.


Event 02: Friday 27 May, 2016 / 6-8PM

Baby Morocco: TBA




Event 02: Friday 27 May, 2016 / 6-8PM

OBABY Workshop: Gonzago & Friends


This is a free drop-in art and music workshop for children ages 0-10 and their guardians. Organized by Art In Fest, all workshop stations are led by Halifax-based artists and recent graduates of a tuition-free certificate program called The Gonzago Institute. Attendees are invited to experiment with various provided materials. Each Gonzago booth will get you one step closer to receiving your very own OBABY undergraduate certificate! Instruction will be provided at some stations.



The Gonzago Institute is a tuition-free certificate program hosted by The Khyber Centre for the Arts. The program aims to support emerging artists and to foster a strong artistic community. It is offered annually to a select group of artists, between the ages of 19 and 35 not currently enrolled in a school program, who are dedicated to living and making work in the HRM. The curriculum is focused on three key components: PRACTICE, THEORY and COMMUNITY. This children’s workshop will be led by some of the program’s recent graduates: Merle Harley, Alex van Helvoort, Nick Dourado, Stephanie Yee and Jesse Mitchell.


Event 03: Saturday 28 May, 2016 / 12-2PM

David Clark: The Smile without the Cat: A Lecture about Aesthetics


The Smile without the Cat: A Lecture about Aesthetics is a performance examining the smile and an array of cultural, scientific, and historical ideas that surround our understanding of this innate human gesture. I am particularly interested in how the smile has become embodied in our language, our culture, and our technology. The script for this work touches on subjects such as: Real Smiles and False Smiles, The Mona Lisa Smile, Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q., The Smiley Face icon and the slogans “Have a nice day” and “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, the development of Emoticons, the phrase “Say Cheese”, the Cheshire Cat, the Brian Wilson album ‘SMiLE’ and the Beach Boys’ record ‘Smiley Smile’, Dazed & Confused, Forrest Gump, Double Negative, Double Positive, the Ouija Board and the Photographer Weegee, Laugh Tracks, Picture Spots, Samuel Smiles invention of Self-Help, the Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic, and Timothy Leary’s pre-transhumanist project: "SMI²LE" SM (Space Migration) + I² (intelligence increase) + LE (Life extension).t



David Clark is a media artist interested in experimental narrative form, the cinematic use of the internet, and media art in the public sphere. He teaches Media Arts at NSCAD University in Halifax.


Event 05: Sunday 29 May, 2016 / 3-5PM

Life of a Craphead: Bugs


Bugs -- the first feature film by Life of a Craphead -- is a satire about a bug society and its most powerful family. Featuring situations like a university lecture gone wrong and a failed SNL episode, Bugs (74 min., HD video) presents the absurdity of life within a patriarchal society obsessed with success. The DIY film sets the Bug universe right in the middle of the real world, creating multiple layers of reality that interact with each other. The film was produced over 2011-2015 with a large cast and crew of artists and comedians. The screening will include an intro with live Bugs and will be followed by a Q & A with Life of a Craphead.



Life of a Craphead is the collaboration of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley since 2006. Their work spans performance art, film, and curation. Their first feature-length film Bugs, a satire about a bug society and its most powerful family, is touring throughout 2016, including premiering in the U.S. at Night Gallery, Los Angeles, in June. Projects include The Life of a Craphead Fifty Year Retrospective, 2006-2056 (Art Gallery of Ontario, 2013), an exhibition of all the work they will ever make; Double Double Land Land (Gallery TPW, 2009), a play about a second-rate city; and Free Lunch (2007), a public, anonymously-advertised free lunch serving everything on the menu of a restaurant (100+ items). Life of a Craphead also run and host the popular monthly performance art show Doored, which recently toured to New York (Flux Factory) and Rotterdam (Showroom MAMA). Their work has been featured in Canadian Art, C Magazine, and Art in America. They live and work in Toronto, Canada.


Event 05: Sunday 29 May, 2016 / 3-5PM