VIVO Media Arts Centre (aka Video In Studios / Video Out Distribution) was incorporated in 1973 as the Satellite Video Exchange Society. It operated the first video exchange library, and was one of the earliest international video centres and Canadian artist-run centres. Its founding mandate was to facilitate international information exchange through a public video library. By the early 1980’s the organization also provided access to video equipment, basic workshops, international distribution services, and published the magazine, Video Guide.
VIVO’s mission is to directly support artists and independent community-based producers to develop, exchange, and disseminate their skills in a supportive environment through accessible services and programs.
VIVO’s vision is a robust, diverse, and vibrant media arts sector: a catalyst for critical and innovative engagement with the material forms and cultural meanings of media and technology.
VIVO’s mandate is to offer a broad range of services and opportunities to artists and the public. They include:Access to the material necessities for quality production through affordable equipment rental, editing facilities, software, and production space. A broad range of skill development and education opportunities that encourage the exploration of technology and aesthetics within a critical, artistic framework. Public programming: events, exhibitions, residencies, co-productions, critical forums. International distribution, work exchange, and media arts preservation which support the aspirations and livelihood of artists. Western Canada’s largest public reference library and archive of media art, independent video, and related publications, documents, audio recordings, and photographs.