Emma is a sound designer and media artist. His work is focused on creating environments through sound, and investigating the inherent sonic qualities of purposeful and incidental sound. He has performed internationally as 1/2 of the duo Coin Gutter, was nominated for a Jessie award for Outstanding Sound Design, a Japan New Media Festival Award, and a finalist for the 2008 Canary Island Media Arts Festival. His design can be heard in Film, Theatre, Video, Dance, New Media and his own installation work. He was VIVO’s Technical Coordinator from 2005-08 and has also worked with the New Forms Festival, Media Arts Committee, and Scotiabank Dance Centre.
Jeremy is an interdisciplinary artist concerned with the role(s) of artists and intellectuals in society and the formation of cultural memory. His practice involves writing, collage, digital imaging, painting, performance and more. His ongoing Not Sent Letters Project (since 2005), incorporates an online image/text archive, digital shorts, performance works and cooperatively realized public events that recur in the Lower Mainland every 2-4 months. He was the Director/Curator of the Helen Pitt Gallery ARC (2003-05), interim Director/Curator of the Richmond Art Gallery in 2007-8, and was a sessional instructor from 1999-2009 (at UBC, Emily Carr University and North Island College). Jeremy is also currently a faculty member with the Vancouver Film School Foundation Visual Art & Design Department.
Elisa is a media artist concerned with the intersections of archival practice and liminal space. In her work she combines audio- visual- and text- fragments to examine the aporias that exist between past experience and present depiction, memory and narrative. She has worked for the Venice Biennale, Interactive Futures and Emily Carr University Teaching and Learning Centre. Over the years she has contributed to several non-profit organizations and community projects including RAM Radio Arte Mobile and more recently the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective. Elisa holds a MA in Media Arts from Emily Carr University and a BA in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Architecture of Venice.
John is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist performer, sound/ installation artist and composer. His music is categorized as meditative noise drone and free improvisation. Over the past few years John has dedicated himself to studying the timbre and textural possibilities of the drum set, and to designing a custom improvisational set up. John has toured extensively through Canada, Europe and Japan and has collaborated with many locally and internationally known performers.
Emily Smith is an avid textile artist, community organizer, Maker, teacher, and communication designer. She is co-founder of Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, founder of Vancouver Maker Foundation and contributing writer for MAKE Magazine. Her driving purpose is to connect and inspire a community of Makers to invigorate industry, art and education (especially education) in the city of Vancouver (Think: contemporary home economics and shop classes). With a recent shift from design to Education, Emily is working with a community of artists, Makers and educators to launch Maker-oriented curriculum both at VIVO and in the public school system. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, spinning, weaving, swimming, bicycles, and is learning to play the banjo. Learn more about her and her work at bluemollusc.com
Karen previously worked at VIVO as Librarian, Distributor, and Programming Coordinator (1984-1999) and as an independent curator and critic. She has a special passion for artist-run centre archives and has been commissioned to create historical surveys and touring exhibitions for EM Media (Calgary) and ED Video (Guelph), and writings based on the Western Front and VIVO collections. Her essay “Abundant Harvest: The Recordings of Calgary Video Artists and Independents” was recently included in EM Media’s 30th anniversary publication “Expanded Standard Time”. Karen is a member of the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive Committee.
Part-time and Casual Staff
Alan Kollins has been active in West coast artist-run culture for the past 10 years. Alan helped found the fifty fifty arts collective (Victoria, BC). He additionally worked as an administrator and occasional programmer at Open Space Arts Society in Victoria, BC from 2006 – 2010. Alan has a curatorial practice that has seen him coordinate the Shock Corridor Cinema series, Victoria’s Rock Lottery and various music and visual art shows. Alan studied at The University of Victoria and San Francisco State University in Film Studies, Fine Arts and English.
Sebnem is an artist, visual designer, video editor, and camera operator. She has also been involved in VIVO’s digital archiving projects. She worked as a graphic artist in Turkey from 1996-2001 and earned her Digital Film Program Certificate at The Art Institute of Vancouver in 2002. Her media art has been exhibited internationally including screenings and installations featured in festivals and galleries in Canada, England, Portugal, France, Germany, Hungary and Turkey.
Alex has been involved with VIVO for several years, in many capacities, including video restoration, installation, distribution, and various programming endeavours. He also programs experimental radio for Soundscapes on CFRO. He has a degree in film studies and comparative literature from the University of Alberta.
Susan Weih / Bookkeeping
Sokhom Kouch / Facilities Maintenance
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors contributes, as a group and individually, to many aspects of VIVO. They involve themselves as stewards, on the many committees, on projects, with their expertise and connections in the community-at-large and throughout the institution. They are a dedicated group with VIVO’s continued operations: long-term planning, fundraising, support of programming, distribution, archives, and educational programs as the direction and focus of their involvement. VIVO thanks them all for their efforts, support and time.
Crista Dahl is a homemaker, beatnik, hippy, war protester, artist who came to Canada in the late 1960s with her four children. In the early 1970s she became part of the last years of Intermedia, an early Vancouver arts co-operative, gratefully finding that women artists were given support in ways uncommon in other countries at the time. She became an early partner in 1973 of the Satellite Video Exchange Society [S.V.E.S.], now VIVO. After several decades working as a performance artist as well as the Program Developer for the Vancouver Art Gallery’s ‘Art in Schools’, and in extensive childcare resources for street kids, she decided to involve herself with VIVO’s archives. She is currently working on a three part performance installation piece. During the last 12 years at VIVO, Crista has been a Board member, advocate and senior advisor concentrating now on the large depository archive collection of video and print.
Todd is a writer, artist and curator, and spearheads Wild Ideas & Art Projects Inc. He has 25 years of experience in management of non-profits and art galleries. Former administrative positions include Executive Director, Curator and Collection Management at several British Columbia cultural institutions. He formerly worked as Executive Director at Open Space Arts Society, Victoria; Interim Director and Curator at Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, Vancouver; and Director and Curator at the Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby. He studied at Ohio State University, Columbus College of Art & Design while working at the PACE Gallery, Columbus Ohio before travelling to Nova Scotia to finish his studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.
Cross-disciplinary in scope, Marina Roy’s art practice investigates the intersection between materials, language, history, and ideology. Her work addresses the desire for a post-humanist perspective, counter to the dictates of anthropocentric hubris and biopolitical control. Materials and objects themselves have multiple potential agency, and art can act as a bridge between culture and nature, ethics and drive. Roy has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. In 2001 she published sign after the x (Artspeak/Arsenal Pulp), a book which revolves around the letter X and its multiple meanings. She is currently working on the next book titled Queuejumping. In 2010 she was recipient of the VIVA art award, British Columbia’s largest visual art award for mid-career artists. She is associate professor of visual art in the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory, at the University of British Columbia.
Matilda Aslizadeh is a visual artist who works in a hybrid style between video, photography and animation and has a persisting interest in (re) thinking narrative structures. Her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and film festivals, most recently at Art Souterrain (Montreal, 2013) and the Foreman Art Gallery (Sherbrooke, 2012). Matilda teaches courses in photography, critical theory and digital media at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Sarah Shamash is a media artist born in 1977 in Vancouver, Canada, where she currently lives and works. She studied film and media arts at Paris 8, University of Saint Denis, in France completing two Master’s degrees: one Cinema and a second in Contemporary Art & New Media. Since the 2000’s, she has been exhibiting her work in art venues and film festivals while pursuing her creative production at international artist residencies including Vancouver, Toronto, Banff, Salvador (Brazil), Sao Paulo, and Amman, Jordan. Informed by cinema, her research, process and interdisciplinary-based projects engage social and psycho geographies through experimental mapping strategies that convey experiential knowledge through everyday life.
Sam Scott has been involved at VIVO for over 10 years in various roles as an artist, volunteer & technician. Sam works as a consultant designing network, audio & video systems for clients in education, transportation & private sectors.
Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator. Her work is driven by an interest in notions of movement, embodiment and spatiality, and uses performance as basis for the realization of videos, installations and integrated projects. Recently, her work has been presented at Gallery 1313 (Toronto), Visualeyez Festival (Latitude 53, Edmonton), Le Labo (Toronto), FOFA Gallery (Montreal), and Low Lives 4 International Networked Performance Art Festival. Recent curatorial projects include Collective Walks/Spaces of Contestation presented through UNIT/PITT (Vancouver) and collaborative work with Palindromes, a Montreal-based curatorial collective she co-founded in 2010. Her writing has been published in Inter: art actuel, Decoy Magazine, Esse: art & opinions, and C Magazine. She currently works as Service and Outreach Development Coordinator for the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres.
Gabriela Aceves is a visual artist currently based in Vancouver. Her work explores the body as a site of cultural and gender inscriptions. For over a decade she has combined her artistic practice with research, design and education. She received a Master Degree in Art History from the University of British Columbia in 2007, and Master Degree in Fine Arts from York University in 2001. She is currently finishing a PhD on 1970s Mexican feminist media artists at UBC. Gabriela’s work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally in Mexico and Chile. She has taught courses in Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the University of British Columbia and York University and has been a board member at CAFKA (Kitchener, Ontario), and ACCESS artist run center (Vancouver).
Interns and Regular Volunteers
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