Welcome to the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive

The Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive (CDMLA) is situated on the Unceded Coast Salish Territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.  VIVO Media Arts Centre houses a significant repository of videotapes by artists and independent producers. Spanning 60 years of production, its 8000 media works reflect the complexity of video art history.

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Marc Paradis Retrospective
A Project of Vidéographe, Montreal
Two video programs and publication by and about Quebec’s pioneer queer video artist.
Program 1: May 5
Program 2: May 7
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Celebration ’90
Gay Games III & Cultural Festival
Online at Digital Museum Canada
Celebration ’90 chronicles the fascinating eight-year journey taken by a small group of Vancouver amateur athletes which led to the first Gay Games to be hosted outside the United States.
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Women & West Coast Labour 
80 years of action for equity in domestic & workplace labour by women in B.C.
Part 1: Chambermaids to Whistlepunks
Part 2: Working Women In Focus
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Archive/Counter Archive
Gendered Violence: Responses & Remediations
VIVO is an institutional partner with York University’s SSHRC project Archive/Counter Archive. Our case study starts this April. Researchers include Gabriela Aceves-Sepulveda, Amber Berson, Zoe Druick, Susan Lord, & Cait McKinney. Public programs begin this fall.
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Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week
Current and past public programs. Recollective is a joint initiative of 221AArtspeakgrunt galleryRungh MagazineThe Morris and Helen Belkin Art GalleryVIVO Media Arts CentreWestern Front, and Allison Collins, Curator.
VIVO projects Pisces Midheaven: The Lenore Herb Cassette Collection and Trans Archival Futures with Chase Joynt & Chris E.Vargas.
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Every Queer Thing

A Subject Guide to Archival Materials of Queer Identity or Experience
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Every Queer Thing Launch
Remnants of quarantine: photos, videos, Artist-In-Residence presentation from our March 11, 2020 event. Abandoned due to COVID.
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What Remains: Meg Torwl
Permanent exhibit drawn from the Meg Torwl fonds. Video, radio, poetry, drawings, photographs.
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Women, Art & the Periphery
Mujeres, arte y periferia
Chilean artists Diamela Eltit, Nellie Richards, Lotty Rosenfeld In Residence at Women In Focus and Video In, 1987
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ACCESS DURING COVID

VIVO is currently closed to the public but the Archive is still working. Please forward your research enquiries to library@vivomediaarts.com.

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