Bio
Laura Marks

Laura Marks works on media art and philosophy with an intercultural focus. Her most recent books are Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (MIT, 2015) and Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (MIT, 2010). She programs experimental media for venues around the world. She was a visiting professor in the department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University in the fall of 2018. As Grant Strate University Professor, she teaches in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, on unceded Coast Salish territory.

Victoria Gibson

Victoria Gibson is an Integrated Media Artist who blends sound + light + motion to create amazing art experiences. Making magic from advanced techniques to spark curiosity. Involving audiences with interactive technology such as gesture control resulting in complex, experimental works that emerge from the nexus of art and technology, but remain accessible and fun. Gibson holds a BA in Music from the University of British Columbia.

Nisha Platzer

Nisha Platzer is a filmmaker and photographer from Vancouver, working in analogue and handmade formats. She studied at the international school of Cinema in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba and at Concordia University in Montreal. Nisha’s short films have screened at festivals in North America, South America and Europe. She likes to play with combining various artistic mediums to explore themes of identity and the intersections therein. Nisha was an artist in residence at the James Black Gallery from 2015-2016 and has given experimental film workshops in Colombia, Uruguay and Cuba.

She loves to work with creative people of all ages, so get in touch to share your artistic ideas!

Josh Hite

Josh Hite works with video, animation, sound, and photography, often creating reorganized archives of particular spaces or behaviors, either through his own recordings or by appropriating content through sites like YouTube.  His practice leans towards an ethnography that acknowledges content and tactics for documentation as determinants of eventual form, rather than relying on art historical or cultural references as structural assistants.  Projects tend to query relationships between an experience and its location, the power dynamics at play, and the ways in which transitions and sequencing can seamlessly propel us through time.

Josh has shown his work in North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia.  He collaborates with Vancouver’s theatre and dance communities and is a member of Fight With a Stick Performance.  Josh has a BA in Philosophy, a MFA in Visual Art and teaches with the University of British Columbia and Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Madeline Taylor

Madeline Taylor is a radio/podcast producer from Vancouver, British Columbia, with credits at ABC, the BBC and various campus/community stations. She has worked in Campus/Community radio since 2013, is the current Programming Director at CiTR 101.9FM, and sits on the Board of Directors for the National Campus/Community Radio Association.

Marc St Pierre

Marc St Pierre is a researcher and a community engaged artist in the classroom. His main creative medium is data, which he maps to sound in a practice called sonification. In his lab as well as his maker space, Marc blurs the lines between science and art by building technology to express environmental data as sound. Fostering an ecological and environmental sensibility through data communication, his practice challenges and extends existing systems of scientific knowledge distribution. Marc has won a handful of awards for his work, the most recent being Best Use of Sound at the International Conference for Auditory Display for his publication on air quality sonification. He regularly teaches in a range of topics including programming, sound editing and making, and has also been commissioned to work with community organizations like City Opera Vancouver, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and the City of Surrey among others.

Jennifer Schine

Jennifer Schine is an award-winning sound artist, broadcaster, and community-engaged researcher whose work explores the oral histories and soundscapes of coastal British Columbia. Passionate about public engagement and collaborative projects, Jenni has extended her academic work into film, radio, electroacoustic composition, and installations. She holds a MA in Acoustic Communication from Simon Fraser University and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Victoria. From 2007 to 2013, Jennifer was an active member of the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective. She has worked closely with electroacoustic composer and activist, Hildegard Westerkamp, and in 2017 produced The Ecology of Sound: Hildegard Westerkampfor CBC Ideas, which has been re-broadcasted internationally.

As a sound scholar and artist, Jennifer teaches courses and workshops in both the city and the wilderness, including Acoustic Ethnography and Science Storytelling at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre. Jenni coordinates a residency at Salmon Coast Field Station in the Broughton Archipelago, B.C. that brings together scientists and arts to study salmon, and helped mentor VIVO’s mentorship, Still Creek Salmon Sounds in 2018. She co-facilitated a five-day workshop, A Story from Hear: Place-based Podcasts at HollyhockJenni currently serves on the board of the Salmon Coast Field Station Society, is the Arts, Culture, and Ethnographer Advisor for the Sfaira Foundation, and referees for the BC Studies Quarterly Journal’s Soundworks section.

George Rahi

George Rahi is a composer, sound artist, and instrument maker exploring new hybrids between the acoustic, electronic, mechanical, and sculptural. He works across a diverse array of interests including electro-acoustic music, public space, the soundscape, and large-scale instruments such as the pipe organ and the Indonesian Gamelan. He is a founding member of the percussion ensemble Gamelan Bike-Bike and art collective Publik Secrets, in residence at the Hadden Park fieldhouse in Vancouver since 2015. He has produced work for the Western Front, Vancouver New Music, Miscellaneous Productions, and Vancouver Co-op Radio’s Media  Arts Committee. Recent projects include pulses // patterns, a sound installation using re-purposed pipe organ and electronic organ technology supported by the British Columbia Arts Council and the Western Front.  More info at georahi.com

Felix Oltean

Felix Oltean is a cinematographer, colorist, and producer. He worked several years as a journalism videographer for CTV, and is currently transitioning his skills towards video post-production. He’s a graduate of SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts film production program, as well as a graduate of SAIT Polytechnic’s Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio program with a diploma in film production as well. Felix is also one of VIVO’s super volunteers! See samples of his work at felixoltean.com

 

Nathan Marsh

Nathan Marsh is a sound artist, educator and performer based in Vancouver primarily concerned with the concept of experience and “objecthood” in music. He emphasizes collaboration and physical involvement in the creation of his works, intending to draw people into the physicality of music as a lived experience rather than as a predominantly auditory phenomenon.

Nathan holds a BFA in Music from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Nathan is currently an Artist Mentor in Burnaby North Secondary School’s Music and Technology Program in an initiative co-founded by the Western Front Society. Creation, performance, and education are key to structuring Nathan’s artistic work.