This project will consist of cleaning, restoring and digitizing 50 tapes from the video archive at VIVO Media Arts Centre. Our 4200+ title archive spans forty years of Canadian, and particularly Vancouver, video art and activism. The selected tapes are from the 1970s and 80s, and offer a glimpse into this city’s political and artistic past. We will host a festival screening event over a weekend with guest speakers, artists and lecturers reflecting on critical issues and historic narratives. A catalogue of critical writing and documentation originating from the time period will be produced to coincide with the screening.
Friday, December 2, 2011
7:00pm reception, 8:30pm screening
Vancouver 50: Installation, Catalogue Launch, and Screening
Please join us for a screening and catalogue launch for Vancouver 50.
Through the support of the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grant program, VIVO has restored and digitized fifty titles from our archive from the 1970s and 1980s relating to Vancouver’s artistic, social, and political history. These tapes cover themes and topics that have been, and continue to be, significant factors in this city’s evolution. Videos include work by Amelia Productions, John Anderson, Randy & Berenicci, Lin Bennett, Byron Black, Taki Bluesinger, Hank Bull, Sara Diamond, Gerry Gilbert, Michael Goldberg, Ken Kuramoto, Metro Media, Eric Metcalfe, Barbara Steinman, Vincent Trasov, Paul Wong, Cornelia Wyngaarden and more.
Founded in 1973, the Satellite Video Exchange Society (now commonly known as VIVO) began the circulation of non-commercial videos addressing art, race, sexual and gender politics, and human rights issues. Over time a unique library emerged, which we are striving to preserve. Many of the tapes in our collection do not exist elsewhere, and due to the unstable nature of the medium of video, are beginning to deteriorate. We are undertaking measures to clean and digitize as may tapes as possible, to ensure that these historically meaningful works of art will not be lost.
On Friday, December 2nd, we are hosting a reception in our front salon featuring video installations, followed by a screening and talk with VIVO founding member and artist Crista Dahl. Free copies of the Vancouver 50 catalogue will be available for all attendees.
photo credit: Sarah Race, Signal + Noise, 2010
With support from the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grants Program and the participation of the Government of Canada.