Julia Aoki / General Manager
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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 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.
Sungpil Yoon / Events + Exhibitions Curator
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Sungpil Yoon explores technology, film and site-specific installations through a recurring theme of utility and function. Yoon currently runs Spare Room, a site-specific curatorial project located in Vancouver Chinatown since 2015. Yoon attempts to create dialogue within the broad subject of space by informing to the public the architectural and sociological ways in the making of an environment, place or situation. He has also written an on-going series, “The Bus as Hostile Architecture”. Yoon is a graduate of UBC Art History.
Casey Wei / Video Out Distribution + Outreach
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Casey Wei is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and musician based in Vancouver. She graduated with an MFA from SFU in 2012. Her practice has evolved from filmmaking (Murky Colors in 2012, Vater und Sohn / Father and Son / 父与子 in 2013), into works that cross over between art, music, and the community at large (Kingsgate Mall Happenings in 2014, Chinatown Happenings in 2015, and the art rock? series that began in 2015). In 2016, she began Agony Klub, a music and printed matter label that releases material under the framework of the “popularesoteric.” She also plays in the musical projects Late Spring and hazy.
Alex Muir / Technical Services / Dubbing Technician
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Alex has had a long-standing involvement with VIVO, in many capacities, including video digitization, installation, distribution, and various programming endeavours. He programs experimental radio for Soundscapes on CFRO 100.5FM. He has helped to facilitate various local discursive initiatives such as No Reading After the Internet and the Vancouver Institute for Social Research. He has a BA in film studies and comparative literature from the University of Alberta and an MA in English from SFU.
Karen Knights / Development
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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”.
Pietro Sammarco / Education
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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, Don’t They?.
Clark Henderson / Video Out Technician & Distribution Assistant
Clark is a founding member of PAVED artist run centre in Saskatoon and comes to VIVO with many years of experience in both commercial and independent productions. At VIVO he’ll be capturing old tapes for the archives, sending out works to festivals and all sorts of other things. He likes cats and the colour turquoise.
Sophie Roberge / Archivist
Sophie graduated with a BA in History from Concordia University (2014) and an MLIS/MAS from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at UBC (2017). Her work focuses primarily on queer community archives, audiovisual archives, and the affective impact of archives. She has previously worked at the UBC Library’s Digitization Centre and the Audrey and Harry Hawthorn Library & Archives at the Museum of Anthropology. She is deeply committed to using her training in libraries and archives towards supporting social justice and community initiatives.
Lianne Zannier / Operations Coordinator
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Lianne is an animator and visual artist whose 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 MFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Board of Directors
Alexandra Bischoff / Director
Alexandra Bischoff is an Edmonton-born performance artist and writer who works with the absurd and the intimate. She holds a BFA in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and is an MFA candidate at Concordia University in the department of Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts). Bischoff has previously developed projects with Vancouver galleries Burrard Arts Foundation, 221A, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and Unit 17.
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.
Emilie Crewe / Treasurer
Emilie Crewe is an interdisciplinary artist working in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Her work often takes the form of video installation, single-channel video, multi-channel video and sketch-work (drawings, collections & archives). She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. Her artwork is exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, artist-run centres, experimental film/video festivals, and as public art.
Zandi Dandizette / Secretary
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Zandi Dandizette is a Vancouver based new media installation artist and curator. Zandi is dedicated to providing opportunities and support to emerging artists in a variety of ways. In 2014 they cofounded The James Black Gallery and are the current executive director of the organization. In addition, they are the Programs and Membership Coordinator for CARFAC BC (Canadian Artists Representation) which supports artists’ socioeconomic rights. They graduated with a Bachelor’s of Media Arts in Animation from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2014.
Stacey Ho / Vice-Chair
Stacey Ho lives on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Their practice considers intersections of culture, history, and embodiment from a feminist perspective while incorporating language, sound, and gesture. Their work has been presented at Art Metropole, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Toronto), Galerie oqbo (Berlin), Artcite (Windsor), RAM Galleri (Oslo), Or Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery. They organize Slow Wave Small Projects, a one-week Gulf Island retreat that re-imagines approaches to learning and art-making from feminist, activist, and land-based perspectives.
Kate Lingley / Chair
Kate Lingley is a graduate of the Documentary Studies program at the New School in NYC. She works in many capacities in the film industry, as a researcher, producer, camera assistant, and editor. She has a particular interest in archival research. She resides in Vancouver, BC.
Shaun Dacey / Director
Bracken Hanuse Corlett / Director
Nancy Lee / Director
Dan Leonard / Director
Steven Tong/ Director
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
Stéphane Bernard / Archive
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
Alisha Weng / Documentation