Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

To sign up for any of these workshops, either:

  • follow the Eventbrite link
  • email us at education@vivomediaarts.com
  • call 604-872-8337

Want access to discounts? Sign up to for a Basic or Extended Producer Membership, or redeem the Video Bucks you earned by volunteering.

Limited number of Extended Subsidies are available for select workshops. Read below for details.

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Refunds: Class sizes are small, and our instructors need to be paid–if you can’t make a class that you’ve signed up for, we need time to alert wait-listed participants. VIVO presently asks that withdrawals from workshops be requested by emailing education@vivomediaarts.com at least 12 days prior to the workshop date, if you would like to receive a refund minus a $5 administration fee. Thanks!


Sound Art using Max/MSP

SIGN UP & MORE INFO: https://sound-art-maxmsp.eventbrite.ca

Explore new ways of working with sound in this introductory visual programming workshop with composer and artist Nathan Marsh!

Don’t delay: Registration closes July 11

3 sessions, 10.5 hours total //| $130,or $95 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Sat July 14, 1pm – 4:30pm
Session 2: Sat July 21, 1pm – 4:30pm
Session 3: Sat July 28, 1pm – 4:30pm

Prerequisite: Participants must have basic computer literacy (e.g., saving files, facility with a mouse and keyboard).

One extended subsidy is available for this workshop:

This multi-day workshop will enable you to conceive and realize creative sound ideas using Max/MSP, a visual programming language for creating interactive sound art and other sonic experiments. MSP gives you over 200 Max objects with which to build your own synthesizers, samplers, and effects processors as software instruments that perform audio signal processing.

Who should take this workshop?

VISUAL ARTISTS – Add interactive sonic dimensions to your sculptures and installations!

COMPOSERS – Build your own virtual synths!

DJs – Expand your sonic pallet by making custom effects!

DANCERS & PERFORMERS – Design algorithms that prompt new improvisations!

…or anyone needing help to incorporate coding into their creative practices!

This workshop combines study of examples with hands-on experience, to create custom software patches in Max.

Learn basic history of coding and algorithms, and how Max is used by contemporary artists today from a conceptual standpoint.

Through group discussion, you’ll analyse examples of coding for artistic creation (with a focus on Max/MSP)—exploring the practicalities of the medium, as well as what constitutes “digital art” and how the idea of originality figures in this realm.

After becoming familiar with Max/MSP’s basic concepts and workflow, you’ll modify basic examples to create your own custom patch, based on your own artistic interests. Working alone or in pairs, you will come up with a project concept that uses Max as a creative tool. Using your concept as a guide, you will create a rough but workable Max patch by the end of the workshop! You can take this patch home with you to fully realize and implement in your future projects. By the end of the workshop, you’ll also have the conceptual toolkit to draw inspiration from other artists working in interactive sound art.

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.





Make a Radio Transmitter

SIGN UP & MORE INFO: https://radio-transmitter.eventbrite.ca

–>  Don’t delay: Registration closes Sun Sept 23 and space is limited  

Build your own low-power FM transmitter with media artist Bobbi Kozinuk, and start broadcasting sounds through the air!

2 sessions, 12 hours total // $96,or $60 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Sat Sept 29, 12pm – 6pm
Session 2: Sun Sept 30, 12pm – 6pm

Prerequisite: Participants will be soldering during the workshop. Some soldering experience is recommended, though a quick soldering demo will be provided.

Two extended subsidies are available for this workshop:

In this 2-day workshop, you will learn about basic electronics, radio transmitters and antennas, and the legal aspects of using the FM band for radio art.

Registration includes the electronic components needed for the transmitter. That means you will take home your own transmitter! You will still need a power supply, an antenna and audio system to feed it with. These can be quite simple, depending on your plans for using it.

The transmitter you’ll assemble is low power (about 1 or 2 watt). With it, you’ll be able to broadcast on the FM dial to your neighbourhood!

What can you do with it? 

  • Broadcast your sound art on rainy evenings!
  • Start a radio show live on location at the neighbourhood pet shop!
  • Get moviegoers to tune-in to the soundtrack at your drive-in theatre/film-in-the-park event!
  • Lead your neighbours on a sound walk!
  • Dream up new uses for sending audio signals through the ether!


Bobbi Kozinuk: media artist, consultant, curator, electronics technician based in Vancouver, mixes radio, electronics, projections and performance to explore issues related to gender, environment and community involvement.

Bobbi leads the Wearables Lab and teaches electronics for artists at Emily Carr University. Bobbi creates: interactive media art performances with a radio and earth-saving focus, DIY radio in community & media installation exhibits in Canada and internationally. Bobbi sometimes has taught many workshops on low powered FM radio transmission, & is published in: Islands of Resistance Pirate Radio in Canada, Radio Rethink (Banff Centre) and Echo Locations (Co-op Radio Audio Art CD).




Plug In: synthesizer showcase for youth

SIGN UP & MORE INFO: https://plug-in-showcase.eventbrite.ca

An event for youth to turn on and tune in the fantastic world of electronic sound with help of local sound artists and electronic musicians!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

12 noon – 5pm

Help us prepare: order your free tickets!

This event is for people 7 to 14 years old — priority is for them, but adults are welcome too.

Interested in trying out a variety of synthesizers, drum machines, tape machines, feedback systems, and other ways of making weird and wonderful electronic sounds? C’mon down to VIVO Media Arts Centre and try on some headphones, turn some knobs and press some buttons with the guidance of local sound artists and electronic musicians!

Come play and ask questions!

All ages welcome!

This project was conceived by Sara Gold, who’s also heading most of its planning.


Vancouver sound artist Sara Gold (saragold.ca) seeks the expansion of one’s mind through sound. her artistic practice includes live performances, interactive sound art installations, feild recordings, audio manipulation and experimentation with vintage analog electronic instruments and magnetic recording tape.