About the CDMLA Collection
The CDMLA at VIVO Media Arts Centre houses Western Canada’s foremost repository of videotapes by artists, activists, and independent producers. Spanning over 50 years of production, its 8000 video titles reflect the history of video art in Canada and abroad, and social and political movements. Media genres include art, documentary, experimental documentary, narrative, synaesthetic, animation, event documentation.
Scope of materials
The collection includes videos (multiple formats), film (16mm, Super 8), audio tapes, books, periodicals, directories, technology manuals, photographs, legacy technology, media artists & activists files, and the operational records and program documentation of the Satellite Video Exchange Society (legal name) since our 1973 incorporation. While the primary focus is on Canadian artists, international artists and organizations are well represented.
You will find contemporary and historical materials produced by and about media artists, artist-run centres, media organizations, ad-hoc cultural and activist groups, cultural organizations, community television, government agencies, and other artistic disciplines.
Subjects include Video Art, Media Art, Media Theory, Communications, Media Literacy, Electroacoustic and Sound Art, Feminism, LGBTQ2S+, Indigenous Rights, Labour, Immigration, Performance Art, Dance, Punk, Environmentalism, Poverty, Urban Planning.
How to access
As a non-essential service, VIVO is currently closed to the public.
Staff are still working. We are still digitizing video on request, giving only access to digitized materials, and conducted in-house research on your behalf.
Research (remote and in-person assistance)
Remote access to media content
Rentals and licensing
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