The Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive (CDMLA)

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. In addition to media (video, film, audio, photography), the collection includes books, periodicals, directories, posters, vintage technology, and ephemera.

Major subject categories: Media Art, Feminism, LGBTQ2S+, Indigenous, Communications, Environmentalism, Poverty, Race, Gender, Performance Art, Electronic Music, Punk, Dance.


The Satellite Video Exchange Society (legal name) fond contains the operational records of the Society, artist and activists files, SVES program and activities documentation, publications (Video Exchange Directory 1971-1978 and Video Guide 1978-1991), and correspondence with the international media community since 1971.

Special Collections include the archives of B.C. media centres, collectives, community cable television series, projects, and artists’ personal archives.

Canada Dance (1973-1975)
CURRENT Feminist Electronic Art Symposium (2017 +)
First Nations Video Collective & First Nations Access Program (c1990’s)
The Gayblevision Society (1980-1986)
Matrix International Video Conference (1973)
Metro Media Society (1971-1986)
Vancouver Status of Women: Woman Alive Series (1975-1978)
Vancouver Women In Focus Society (1971-1992)

Crista Dahl
Dr. Sara Diamond
Margaret Dragu
Lenore Herb
Mary Anne McEwen
Meg Torwl

Research Enquiries

For remote research enquiries or to arrange an in-person visit contact the Archivist, Emily Guerrero,

For donation and licensing enquiries please contact Karen Knights, Archive Manager,

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