Here’s a list of local media artists recently leading workshops and mentorships at VIVO.
If you’re interested in leading a workshop at VIVO, contact Pietro at email@example.com. If you have little experience designing and leading workshops, but want to give it a try, Pietro will gladly help you develop your idea!
Frances Breden has been teaching filmmaking and video production since 2009 at VIVO and the Gulf Islands Film and Television School. She’s a senior design and media arts student at Simon Fraser University, and a core member of art collective COVEN BERLIN (covenberlin.com). Her most recent video project is here: http://vandocument.com/2016/05/hong-kong-exile-in-studio
Alex de Boer
Alex de Boer is a journalist and interdisciplinary artist interested in culture and politics. Alex is the Current Affairs Coordinator at CiTR 101.9 FM and is a former section editor and editor-in-chief of Vancouver’s DiscorderMagazine. She is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism and a 2017 recipient of the Norman Lidster Prize in Documentary Filmmaking. Alex lives in Vancouver B.C.
Flick Harrison (flickharrison.com) is a writer, media artist, filmmaker, hacker and drone pilot in Vancouver. “I’ve explored boundaries of all kinds in media, politics, education and the arts for over twenty years. As an artist, I explode the aesthetics of political conflict; as an educator, I try to make media flow organically from the social. My ambition is to lead, support and challenge non-profits, schools, community groups and other progressive actors to improve their understanding and use of media, all while having fun.”
Photo: Sheng Ho 2013 Vandocument
Clark Henderson is a founding member of PAVED artist run centre in Saskatoon and comes to VIVO with many years of experience in both commercial and independent productions. He works as an assistant editor in the film and television industry, including Bella Ciao!, Paramedics: Emergency Response, Two Men in Boat Chasing Spring, The Shopping Bags, Storm Warning, The Devil You Know, Very Bad Men, and Mythos. Clark is also VIVO’s Technician & Distribution Assistant, operating the dubbing room to capture old videotapes for the archives, sending out works to festivals, and all sorts of other things. He likes cats and the colour turquoise.
Alexandre Klinke (alexandreklinke.com) is a Brazilian music composer, performer, and sound designer for film & TV, based in Vancouver, Canada. With background as a jazz and classical guitarist, his work as a composer reflects an eclectic style that ranges from orchestral to electronic, jazz and rock. As a solo artist, he is heavily inspired by the harmonies and intricate rhythms from Brazilian music. He is also an Instructor at the Digital Music Production Program at Langara College, in Vancouver.
Helena Krobath is a researcher and multimedia artist currently completing her MA in Media Studies at Concordia, Montreal. Her research explores sensory phenomenology of place, as well as resource heritage and development in semi-rural colonial settlement. Her thesis fieldwork took place in forestry sites of Mission, British Columbia. She has taught listening and field recording workshops for the Milieux Institute and the Simone de Beauvoir Summer Institute, among others. Read the Milieux Institute’s interview with Helena here.
Sasha Ford is a researcher, theorist, and composer. Her practice is broadly concerned with the psychic and political stakes of aesthetic encounter, and most often takes the form of experimental electronics, art criticism, and philosophical writing. Recent work includes the 2017 essay and hybrid writing collection Ephemeral Institutions, as well as performances at the International Noise Conference in Miami, FL; the Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation in Brooklyn, NY; and the Lines of Flight Festival of Experimental Music in Dunedin, New Zealand. She holds an MA in Media Studies from Concordia University. More info at sashaford.com
Simon Lyons is a physicist, engineer and experimenter who enjoys exploring the creative possibilities of technology, primarily electronics – both analog and digital. Having taught for four years in Vancouver, his priority now is to develop engaging and open-ended experiential learning opportunities that challenge the technology-as-sealed-black-box stereotype and get people involved in their own technological evolution. He is a cofounder of MakerMobile.org, a local collaborative venture featuring a unique multipurpose mobile workspace and hacker lab.
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
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
Will Ross has been working in film and video since co-founding Sad Hill Media in 2009. His films have shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival, as well as TIFF, Moonrise, and Cinema Spectacular. Whether for his own projects or someone else’s, his work behind the camera and the keyboard is always focused on finding fresh, gripping new approaches to filmmaking. As well as on-set direction, Will participates in the screenwriting, shotlisting, editing, and sound design stages of the process. His collaborations are marked by responsive communication and craftsmanship that are tailored to the sensibilities of his clients and teams. In addition, he maintains a blog of critical work, and his reviews and video essays have been published by outlets such as Tiny Mix Tapes and MUBI Notebook. To see his portfolio, visit sadhillmedia.com
Devan Scott’s passion for visual storytelling inspired him to co-found Sad Hill Media, and has led to a portfolio of work as a director, cinematographer, and colourist that has been growing ever since. His work as a writer, director, cinematographer, and colourist has given him a comprehensive and reliable understanding of the creative decision-making involved throughout the production process. To see his portfolio, visit sadhillmedia.com
Alysha Seriani is a filmmaker and producer living and working in Vancouver, BC. A recent graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts’ film program, she has directed and produced independent films and artist projects that have exhibited at film festivals and galleries such as the Vancouver International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, IMAGES, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, SFU Galleries and others around the world. Currently Alysha is focusing her own practice on soundscape composition and field recording, while completing post-production for two film projects.
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.
Madeline Taylor is a radio producer from Vancouver, British Columbia, with an active interest in social commentary. She started work in Campus/Community radio at CJSF 90.1FM in 2013, and is the current Program Director at CiTR 101.9FM. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with Honours in History, focusing on Feminist Theory and Oral History. Madeline lives and works in Vancouver.