ALT+SPACE+CONTROL: Vancouver Housing Stories

Helena Krobath, Kim Bince Villagante (Kimmortal), Alex de Boer, Madeline Taylor, Alexander Kim, Pietro Sammarco

Sun, May 26, 2019
Thu, May 30, 2019
Sun, Jun 2, 2019
Thu, Jun 6, 2019
Sun, Jun 9, 2019
Thu, Jun 13, 2019
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
Sun, Jun 23, 2019
Thu, Jun 27, 2019
Thu, Jul 4, 2019
Sun, Jul 7, 2019
Thu, Jul 11, 2019
Sun, Jul 14, 2019

Free youth-oriented podcasting mentorship

Application closes April 30, 2019

VIVO encourages applications from self-identified members of under-served communities. We thank all who express interest in participating. 

Space is limited. Free to participate: tuition is covered by generous support of our sponsors.

Participants will receive a full artist fee for presenting their final stories. Some transit fare to and from sessions is available and some snacks provided. All training, mentorship, equipment used at VIVO, and technical support will be provided for free, thanks to generous supporters

ALT+SPACE+CONTROL: Vancouver Housing Stories is a mentorship project that supports participants to develop audio stories about Vancouver’s current moment of large-scale housing insecurity. Using audio arts, podcast, and radio techniques, the team will explore life in Vancouver, as experienced by renters. Working with oral histories and recorded tenant interviews, the group will examine notions of home, the right to belong, and community tenure. Participants will receive training in shaping stories, working with voices, recording and editing audio, and more. They will engage with local history, news, and policy about land and housing.

This mentorship is guided by media artist Helena Krobath, as well as guest mentors, including rapper-poet and media educator Kim Villagante (a.k.a., Kimmortal), journalist and radio producers Alex de BoerMadeline Taylor, and Alexander Kim, and sound designer Pietro Sammarco. Information and oral history support comes from Vancouver Tenants Union. The project culminates in a free public event at VIVO Media Arts Centre, and the stories will be circulated online, over radio, and in community spaces.  Primary funding is generously provided by the BC Arts Council, with additional funding by SFU School of Communication. Equipment, facilities, and technical support provided by VIVO. 

Learn how to:

  • work with field recorders and microphones
  • conduct journalistic and oral history interviews
  • edit and process audio
  • compose compelling radio stories and design sound tracks
  • produce podcasts, from inception to upload
  • engage guests with your work at a final public event
  • work collaboratively with other interesting people and share cool ideas!

Time Commitment

This mentorship is 13 sessions (4 hours each), plus a final presentation (date to be determined). Due to limited space, selected participants are asked to commit to the full program. Here are the dates and times:

  1.  Sun May 26, 1pm-5pm
  2.  Thu May 30, 5:30pm-9:30pm
  3.  Sun Jun 2, 1pm-5pm
  4.  Thu Jun 6, 5:30pm-9:30pm
  5.  Sun Jun 9, 1pm-5pm
  6.  Thu Jun 13, 5:30pm-9:30pm
  7.  Sun Jun 16, 1pm-5pm
  8.  Sun Jun 23, 1pm-5pm
  9.  Thu Jun 27, 5:30pm-9:30pm
  10.  Thu Jul 4, 5:30pm-9:30pm
  11.  Sun Jul 7, 1pm-5pm
  12.  Thu Jul 11, 5:30pm-9:30pm
  13.  Sun Jul 14, 1pm-5pm
  14. Final presentation, to be determined


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Artist Profile

Helena Krobath

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.

Kim Bince Villagante (Kimmortal)

is a queer filipinx artist based on unceded coast salish territory, a lyrical emcee, songwriter and visual artist known for her beautiful political music full of love and hope, exploring identity and community, and tackling subject matter like racism and homophobia. Kim has toured their music from Toronto to California, rocking festivals like Queer Women of Colour film festival, Kultura Filipino ArtsJunofest, and SXSW, opening for Ruby Ibarra, Shad K, and Saul Williams, and just released their second album X marks the Swirl on Coax Records in 2019.

Kim has extensive experience as an arts educator, youth-mentor, and community organizer through many organizations, including Access to Media Education Society, the Mosaic InstituteS.U.C.C.E.S.S VancouverUBC Learning Exchange in the Downtown Eastside, Boldskool Hip Hop workshopsPhilippine Women Center, and many more. Recently, she led rap and art therapy based workshops via “Reframing Relations” a program by Community Arts Council of Vancouver that looks at the history of Canadian residential schools. She facilitates workshops that utilize the arts as tools for healing, decolonization, and resistance.

In addition to holding a BA in Visual Art and Art History from UBC, Kim’s education is from poets, rappers, activists, community members, and many artists who identify as queer/trans/black/indigenous/people of colour. Kim was awarded the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award in Community-Engaged Arts in 2013, and their single “I’m Blue” was ranked in the top 20 music videos in Canada.

Alex de Boer

Alex de Boer is a journalist and nonfiction storyteller based in Vancouver. Alex is the Podcast Coordinator at CiTR 101.9FM where she heads the station’s Spoken Word Department. She is a reporter and producer on CiTR’s weekly news show, Democracy Watch and the Vancouver current affairs podcast, At-Large (formerly Seeking Office). Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History and a Master’s of Journalism from the University of British Columbia. She is the the 2017 winner of the Norman Lidster Prize in Documentary Filmmaking and received the award for “Best in News Programming” and an honourable mention for her audio documentary “Lhamo & the Princess,” at the 2018 NCRA Community Radio Awards.

Madeline Taylor

Madeline Taylor is a radio/podcast producer from Vancouver, British Columbia, with credits at ABC, the BBC and various campus/community stations. She has worked in Campus/Community radio since 2013, is the current Programming Director at CiTR 101.9FM, and sits on the Board of Directors for the National Campus/Community Radio Association.

Alexander Kim

Alexander is a journalist and radio producer based in Vancouver. He is a producer for Cited and Crackdown. He has reported for CBC AboriginalArctic DeeplyDiscourse Media, and The Georgia Straight. He made a show called Theoretically Speaking, a podcast about absurd science. Before becoming a journalist, he studied neuroscience at the University of Calgary.

Pietro Sammarco

Pietro graduated from the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, combining the fields of soundscape composition and media education. He records bands, does music and sound for film, and DJ’s karaoke. He’s also designed audio production workshops and mentored for a wide range of organizations, including VIVO, the Western Front, the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, and when serving as Resident Audio Expert for the the Vancouver Public Library’s Inspiration Lab. He is co-editor of Spoox Audiozine; was a member of local performance art group Norma; toured extensively as a trombonist with They Shoot Horses,