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!

 



Intro to Audio Recording & Processing for Women*

Get past your fear of audio recording equipment and software with the help of recording engineer Victoria Gibson!

Sold out

 

8 hours total over 2 days // $80, or $58 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Tue Apr 30, 6pm-10pm
Session 2: Tue May 7, 6pm-10pm

→ A great companion to this workshop is Intro to Synthesizers for Women*. It happens the week right after this workshop. More info: https://synth-for-women.eventbrite.ca

One extended subsidy for this workshop available:
https://goo.gl/forms/EbZYH8uv9Tj5mqZg2

 

This hands-on introduction is designed for women (cis, trans, and genderqueer) who are looking to learn the fundamentals of audio recording. It combines theory and practice of audio recording. Learn how to connect your equipment and understand signal flow. Learn how a microphone works, and the various ways to use one for different results. Learn how to connect your equipment and understand signal flow. Learn the techniques and settings for producing audio recordings that sound great.

Minimum equipment is provided, but you are encouraged to also bring your own audio equipment, headphones, and laptop and software, and learn how to make them work during the workshop. This is what makes this workshop special — Victoria will meet you where you’re at! The focus will be on making great sounding recordings using your own ears and whatever is on hand.

Responding to participants’ needs, the format for this workshop will include a lot of open time for you to ask questions and try your hand at getting your equipment to work, with Victoria providing you assistance.

You will also be introduced to audio theory, physics of music, audio engineering, and deep listening. You’ll get a hands-on introduction to audio recording software, like Audacity, or Logic—depending on what you want to learn.

Bring a USB memory stick or other external storage device if you want to take home any sounds that you might record.

 

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.

 

 

 



Intro to Synthesizers for Women*

Intimidated by all those knobs on your synthesizer? Let recording engineer Victoria Gibson help you get started!

Sold out

 

4 hours total // $40, or $28 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

Tue May 14, 6pm-10pm

 

This workshop also takes place on Tue May 21:

https://synth-women-may21.eventbrite.ca

 

One extended subsidy for this workshop available:
https://forms.gle/sMUySMaxd7y5jwCW9

 

This hands-on introduction is designed for women (cis, trans, and genderqueer) who want to understand how to use synthesizers. It combines theory and practice of audio synthesis. Learn how to connect your equipment and understand signal flow. Make the sounds you’ve been hearing in your head. This workshop will let you approach any synth with confidence because you’ll understand the controls and what they are doing.

Minimum equipment is provided, but you are encouraged to also bring your own synthesizer, headphones, audio equipment, and laptop and software, and learn how to make them work during the workshop. This is what makes this workshop special — Victoria will meet you where you’re at! The focus will be on making meaningful sounds using your own ears and whatever is on hand.

Responding to participants’ needs, the format for this workshop will include a lot of open time for you to ask questions and try your hand at getting your equipment to work, with Victoria providing you assistance.

You’ve fiddled aimlessly for hours, maybe gotten a few interesting sounds by accident. And presets get boring after while. This workshop will empower you to create your own unique sounds!

Bring a USB memory stick or other external storage device if you want to take home any sounds that you might record.

 

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.

 

 

 



Intro to Camera & Lighting for Women*

For self-identified women and non-binary people: learn to shoot stunning videos with the help of cinematographer Paige Smith!

Sign up @ Eventbrite

3 sessions, 15 hours total // $165, or $120 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Sun Mar 3, 11am-4pm
Session 2: Sun Mar 10, 11am-4pm
Session 3: Sun Mar 17, 11am-4pm

 

Two extended subsidies available for this workshop:

https://goo.gl/forms/QfrVP36MH8kozo9H2

 

No experience necessary. All equipment provided.

This hands-on intro workshop is designed for women (cis, trans, and genderqueer) who are looking to learn the fundamentals of cinematography. It combines theory and practice of cinematography, and is structured around breaking down the common barriers that women and non-binary folks face when accessing this men-dominated field of practice.

Basic technical aspects of camera operation and lighting principles are taught through demonstration and hands-on practical exercises using VIVO’s Blackmagic Cinema Cameras, Panasonic UX-180 4KCanon Rebel T4i high definition camera and interchangeable lenses. Learn how to use manual settings to help you get the best shot. Understand exposure, gain, shutter speed, and white balance. The principals of three-point lighting will also be covered and practiced.

Topics covered:

  • camera functions (lens choice, shutter speed, aperture, ISO/gain, sensors, resolution, focus, frame rate, white balance, filters and more)
  • lighting qualities (softness, directionality, colour, motiviation, intensity, movement, texture and more);
  • framing choices (camera height, camera stabilization, field of view, continuity, and more)
  • making decisions and communicating as a cinematographer or director

 

Alongside these technical skills, you’ll learn cinematography terms and their meanings to better communicate your vision with your team members.

You’ll also explore marginalized filmmakers, with examples and discussion framed around a historical understanding of sexism, racism and ableism within the field of cinematography and mainstream visual language.

This workshop uses equipment you can rent from VIVO, so it’s a great primer to get you started on your videos! It also benefits participants interested in VIVO’s more intermediary video-making workshops.

 

Paige Smith (paigesmithfilm.com) is an experimental filmmaker, cinematographer, and educator, with a BFA in Film from Simon Fraser University. Her work has screened around the world, including the Locarno Film Festival (18), Hot Docs (18), and the Vancouver International Film Festival (13, 17 & 18).

Alongside her directorial and cinematography work, Smith works as a filmmaking educator. She has previously instructed at VIVO Media Arts Centre, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and The Cinematheque.

Additionally, Smith has a diverse array of arts organization experience ranging from front of house management at SFU Woodwards, and The Cinematheque, to artist relations work at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and Vancouver New Music.

She is an avid proponent of curiously exploring life, whether that be approaching unique art forms, empathy towards others, or how to search out new knowledge.

 



Cross-Cultural Roots for Media Practice

Inspire your media art practice with non-Western history, art, science, and philosophy with media theorists Laura Marks and Siying Duan of the Substantial Motion Research Network, substantialmotion.org

Sold out

 

15 hours total over 3 sessions // Free: registration required. Limited space. Donations welcome!

Session 1: Sat June 8, 12pm-5pm
Session 2: Sat June 15, 12pm-5pm
Session 3: Sat June 22, 12pm-5pm

 

Prerequisite: Suited for practicing media artists, curators, and writers who want to expand their approach to technology. Participants should bring a project idea they are developing or reworking and that they wish to workshop in a group discussion format.

 

How do your questions, process, and aesthetics change if you re-imagine technology itself as having roots in, for example, Islamic culture? Chinese culture? Indigeous culture?

This 3-day discussion-based workshop is intended to enrich your creative process and approach to media art by drawing inspiration from the particular histories, arts, sciences, philosophies, and everyday practices of so-called non-western cultures, using a method Marks developed for identifying Islamic roots of media art.

Bring your project ideas to the group, and discuss ways to explore your work-in-progress through specific cultural lenses. Over the 3 sessions, you’ll study examples, and revise your own project ideas based on the feedback you receive from the instructors and other participants. The instructors will present examples from Islamic and Chinese cultures. Between each session, you’ll continue researching, editing, and refining your project for further feedback with the group.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Siying Duan is a postdoc fellow at School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University. Her research interest focuses mainly on the study of media arts from a perspective of Chinese Aesthetics. She has earned her Ph.D. in Art Theory at Shanghai Film Academy, Shanghai University. She is also the producer of the podcast channel “Elephant says” at the platform Creative Disturbance and the editor of the bilingual journal Critical Theory. Her publications include several articles on Chinese Media Art research, comparative aesthetics, and art psychology.

 

 

 

 



Camera Lights Sound

Learn the basics needed to shoot your first videos with the help of artist Alysha Seriani!

Sign up @ Eventbrite

 

9 hours total, over 2 sessions // $92, or $65 with VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Saturday June 29, 12:30pm-5pm
Session 2: Sunday June 30, 12:30pm-5pm

 

Two extended subsidies available for this workshop:

https://goo.gl/forms/OgspIak31wZTuAZ32

Basic technical aspects of camera operation, sound recording, and lighting principles are taught through demonstration and hands-on practical exercises using the Canon Rebel T4i high definition camera and its interchangeable lenses. Learn how to use manual settings to help you get the best shot. Understand exposure, gain, shutter speed, and white balance. Using the Zoom H4n, audio recording procedure and considerations will be introduced. The principals of three-point lighting will also be covered and practiced.

This workshop uses equipment you can rent from VIVO, so it’s a great primer to get you started on your videos! It also benefits participants interested in VIVO’s more intermediary video-making workshops.

 

Alysha Seriani (alyshaseriani.com) is a filmmaker and educator and has been a proud VIVO instructor since 2017. A graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts’ film program, she has directed, filmed and produced independent films and artist projects that have exhibited at film festivals and galleries such as the Berlinale, Vancouver International Film Festival, Images Festival, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, the Contemporary Art Gallery and others around the world.