EATa II: The Metro Media Fond

Evening at the Archive

EATa II: THE METRO MEDIA FOND | December 3, 2014

EATa IIIn the second event of this series, we look at the Metro Media Society. From its inception in 1971 to its dissolution in 1983, Metro Media impacted Vancouver’s media arts scene in a myriad of ways – from its commitment to access for alternative media producers, early partnerships  with feminist collectives like Reel Feelings and ISIS, its fight to revolutionize the media landscape through community cable, to its leap into experimental film, xerox art, mail art, and sound art in its last years. Remembered as advocate, workhorse, innovator, and fighter, Metro Media’s contributions to Vancouver’s media scene have been undervalued; its significance overshadowed by the system’s survivors.

The Metro Media Fond at the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive includes the ephemera that passed through, and was collected by, the Video Inn including  Metro Media videotapes purchased 1983; and original textual records, video and art work donated by Saphira Coutts and Taliesin Herb  from the Lenore Herb Archive. The event featured an exhibit of posters, mail art, Xerox art, audio art (Nowhere To Play LP, Limited Edition, 1982), organizational files, and video by Community Producers and documentation of Metro Media live events.

METRO MEDIA alumni in attendance:

Saphira Coutts (daughter of artist/activist Lenore Herb [1947-2010].Lenore was Director of, and Community Producer for, Metro Media from 1979 – 1983)
Dermot Foley  (artist, member of Si Monkey, programmer of Metro Media’s 80’s sound program)
Ross Gentleman (Board member and Community Producer at Metro Media)
Gloria Keiler  (Co-founder and Community Producer at Metro Media, Board member and spokesperson for the Vancouver Community Television Association)
Jim Lipkovits  (video journalist, Metro Media Director and Producer, Board member and spokesperson for the Vancouver Community Television Association)
Moira Simpson  (documentary filmmaker, co-founder of the feminist media collective Isis, and a Metro Media Community Producer )
Matthew Speier  (Metro Media Community Producer)
Shawn Preus  (Metro Media Community Producer, video artist, co-founder of the feminist media collective Reel Feeling)
Elizabeth Walker (Documentary filmmaker, co-founder of the feminist media collective, Isis, and a Metro Media Community Producer)

METRO MEDIA alumni contributor:
Audio contribution by GX Jupitter-Larsen (Curator of Metro Media’s monthly Mail Art shows, c1982-1983)

audience from back crop

 

Funds raised through EATa II allowed us to digitize several videos from the Metro Media Collection.

Uploaded titles:

Metro Media Explanation Tape

The Action Committee for Unemployed Youth Demonstration 1970

Vancouver Community Television Assocition at CRTC Hearing May 1980

Stan Persky

 To view full episodes, link to the Metro Media Society page in Special Collections.

More titles to be uploaded soon.

EATa was conceived by Crista Dahl and is organized by the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive Committee.

Curators | Elisa Ferrari and Karen Knights
Archivist | Crista Dahl
Archive Assistants | Alexandra Bischoff and Elysia Bourne
Event Manager | Brit Bachmann
Technicians | Alex Muir and Sebnem Ozpeta (digitization), Nicolai and Emma Hendrix (event setup)
Photo Documentation | Kevin Doherty | Elisa Ferrari | Sebnem Ozpeta
Mail Art Collection Video | Video and editing by Elisa Ferrari | Audio Content by GX Jupitter-Larsen
Event promotion image | Elisa Ferrari | fusion of B&W photo Community Producer in Metro Media editing bay, c1972, and Metro Media Xerox poster, c1982
Event support | 2014 CDMLA Committee |Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda | Elysia Bourne | Crista Dahl | Kevin Doherty | Elisa Ferrari | Emma Hendrix | Karen Knights | Jeremy Todd

Thank you to VIVO’s dedicated event volunteers!  

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All Metro Media materials from EATa II, and more, are available to researchers at the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive by appointment.

Contact | library (at) vivomediaarts.com