Julia has long been involved in the Vancouver art community as a cultural manager, writer, researcher, and organizer. She served as Interim General Manager and Programming Director of the Powell Street Festival, was a Board Director at Access Gallery and worked for PAARC members to execute an analysis of the relationships between ARCs and provincial funding. Her writing on marginal histories can be found in TOPIA, Space and Culture and a forthcoming collection published by Lexington Books. In the cultural studies tradition, her work makes space for those cultural expressions and community formations that go under-investigated and underserved by commercial and political mechanisms and practices.
Shauna Jean Doherty graduated from OCAD University with an MFA in Art Criticism and Curatorial Practice. With an ongoing interest in the social impacts of technological progress these themes recur in both her curatorial projects and writing practice. Shauna Jean has curated exhibitions and events independently in Toronto, Calgary, Halifax, and Vancouver beginning in 2009 in a variety of commercial and artist-run spaces which include, Vtape, The Centre For Art Tapes, The Art Gallery of Ontario, and FIELD Contemporary. She has also written catalogue essays and exhibition reviews for Hamilton Artists Inc., the Journal of Curatorial Studies, BlackFlash Magazine, Magenta Magazine, and C Magazine.
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.
Nikolai is an interdisciplinary artist and musician. He draws inspiration from the history of natural science and observations in the everyday. His work investigates the process of decision-making and uncertainty, problematizing the notion of a finished work of art. He has exhibited work across Canada, Norway and Australia and worked as a multimedia technician at NSCAD, Halifax, where he also taught courses in video production through the School of Extended Studies. Nikolai holds a MFA degree from Simon Fraser University and a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
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.
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 100.5FM. He has a degree in film studies and comparative literature from the University of Alberta.
Miyra Olney / Bookkeeping
Miyra Olney has 20 years of bookkeeping experience. She works often with charities and arts organizations in Vancouver.
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.
Lianne is an animator and visual artist whose work integrates an interest in hand-drawn animation and digital technologies. Her projects have ranged from large-scale group drawings to immersive installations and animated short films. In her practice she investigates the many possibilities of chroma key with mark making techniques in order to explore a relationship between the medium of drawing with traditional forms of animating on paper. She has worked in arts organizations and artist run centres across Canada and holds a BA in Art History from Mount Allison University, a BFA in Film Animation from Concordia University and an MAA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
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.
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).
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.
Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte / Director
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.
Maria is a media theorist and curator. She started her art career while working as a curatorial and PR assistant to several established contemporary art galleries in Moscow. Among her projects: Berliner Liste (Berlin), Biennale for Young Art, Surrealist Graphic Art Retrospective, HR Giger Retrospective in Moscow. With an MA in Interactive Arts and Technology from Simon Fraser University, she explores how precarious aesthetics is manifested in digital video art. Alongside her research, Maria is contributing to Decoy Magazine, The Temporary Art review. She is a member of ISEA2015, the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art organizing committee. She is a contributing editor at MU[SEE]UM.net; reviewer for CMA (Comparative Media Arts) Journal, art and technology conferences such as ACM CHI.
Rhiannon is a cultural resource manager and archivist interested in place, identity and creative practice. She has worked with the collections of the McGill Library and Archives, Canadian Centre for Architecture, University of Saskatchewan and Rennie Collection, in Vancouver. Her research areas include social planning as a facilitator for creativity and the convergence of resources among heritage institutions. She is a contributor and editor of BlackFlash Magazine and volunteer with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, Vancouver Art Gallery and Canadian Women Artists Initiative, among others. She holds her MLIS from the McGill School of Information Studies, her MSc in Geography, Planning & Environment from Concordia and BA of Urban Studies from the University of Calgary
Kate Lingley / Director
Bio coming soon!
Shawn Preus / Treasurer
I was a founding member of SVES\VIVO. My art practice has varied over the years. My media art work has covered film, video, and photography. If you get me talking about media arts I would say “I am a analog queen”. I miss working in analog but would say I have embraced digital. Since very young, I have also worked with fabric, wood and glass, mostly using recycled materials. Nowadays I am mixing my mediums.
My whole life I have worked, volunteered and played in the non-profit sector. My art practice, life experiences and formal training have always centred on my core values of social justice and local sustainability. I believe my governance and management experience and my background as an artist, along with and my core values all inform my contribution to this board.
Frans Van De Ven / Director
Bio coming soon!
Crista Dahl has been active at VIVO since its inception as Video Inn, creating a unique cataloguing system for the print and tape archive. She is still the Archive’s most active volunteer, a member of the CDMLA Committee, and VIVO’s Board. She is an artist in her own right and had an extensive retrospective at VIVO in 2013. For obvious reasons, VIVO’s Library and Archive bears her name as the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive.
Paul Wong is a Vancouver artist and curator who is known for pioneering early visual and media art in Canada. He is a founder and active member the Satellite Video Exchange Society (VIVO) as well as many other artist-run groups and mentor to many. He has been a leader in public arts policy and organizing events, festivals, conferences and public interventions since the 1970s. Writing, publishing and teaching is an important part of his praxis. His work is widely exhibited internationally and including in numerous institutional and private collections. Wong is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the 2016 Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Visual Arts. With a career spanning four decades he has been an instrumental proponent to contemporary art.
Interns and Regular Volunteers
Brit Bachmann / General Volunteering
Stéphane Bernard / Archive
Elysia Bourne / Archive
Kevin Doherty / Documentation
Betty Ho / General Volunteering
Jessica Johnson / Documentation
Rachael Melanson / General Volunteering
Sunny Nestler / General Volunteering + Archive
Felix Oltean / Tech Intern
Ainsleigh Spencer / General Volunteering + Construction
Corie Waugh / General Volunteering
Alisha Weng / Documentation
Brendan Yandt / Events + Exhibitions, Tech