Reorganized Organ Application

Reorganized Organ youth mentorship project

Call for participation | Ages 18-24 | Deadline: July 20, 2017

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Are you an artist, musician, hacker, tinkerer, or generally a curious person, between 18 and 24 years?

Want to get involved with Vancouver’s media art community to collaborate with other creative people?

Interested in experimental music or interactive sculpture?

Intrigued by the idea of repurposing trashed electronics to make an artwork?

If so, join the team—this project’s for you!

The Reorganized Organ is a collaborative musical instrument-building project, taking place over twelve sessions from September to December 2017 (exact dates to be confirmed).

With the help of mentor-artists George Rahi and Marc St. Pierre, you’ll collaborate with other participants to take apart and repurpose a discarded electronic organ, and other wasted electronics, reorganizing the components to invent and create an orchestra of experimental musical instruments and other sound-making devices. The project culminates in an performance at VIVO Media Arts Centre presented with the help of Vancouver New Music. This project is funded by the BC Arts Council, and also partners with Free Geek Vancouver and MakerMobile.

Learn how to make a musical instrument!

Learn how instrument design affects sound-making possibilities!

Learn how different sonic textures are produced mechanically and electronically!

Learn how the electronic organ relates to modern day synthesizers!

Learn skills like woodworking, soldering, listening, and improvisation!

Learn about “e-waste”!

Learn about organizations that process electronic devices we throw away!

Get to know interesting people and share cool ideas!

Space is limited.

Participants receive an honorarium per session, and artist fee for final performance.

VIVO encourages applications from self-identified members of under-served communities as well as visible and invisible minority groups. We thank all who express interest in participating.

Application closes July 20, 2017.

Selected participants will be notified by mid August. Project runs from September to December, 2017.

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Mentor Bios

George Rahi is a sound artist, instrument inventor and maker, installation artist, and youth mentor exploring new hybrids between the acoustic, electronic, mechanical, and sculptural realms. Rahi’s practice investigates large-scale instruments, such as pipe organs and Indonesian gamelans, re-constructing their technologies to evoke new experiences of sound, space, and public culture.

He has produced installations and performances for the Western Front, Vancouver New Music, and the youth theatre company Miscellaneous Productions. With support from the Western Front artist-run centre, George worked with students from Sir Charles Tupper Secondary and Aboriginal Focus School to create their own shadow plays for BC Youth Week 2015. Receiving an ArtStarts Creative Spark Grant in 2016, George ran an instrument-making workshop for youth using discarded materials. He is currently Artists-In-Residence with the Vancouver Parks Board’s Field House program at Hadden Park with artist collective Publik Secrets. He co-founded the Vancouver Tool Library, and is the founder of the percussion ensemble Gamelan Bike Bike. More information available at


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 using computer programming languages 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. Marc is also currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Communication at SFU. Click to see samples of Marc’s projects, or visit to read his research.


Reorganized Organ: Apply here!

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this application form. Please be sure to read the details above. Got questions about this project or how to fill out this form? Don't hesitate to contact Pietro at VIVO encourages applications from self-identified members of underserved communities as well as visible and invisible minority groups. We thank all who express interest in this position. Know a friend who might be interested in this project? Tell them to apply too! Application closes July 20, 2017. Selected participants will be notified by mid August. Project runs from September to December.
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