October and November is Circuit Bending season at VIVO

October and November is Circuit Bending season at VIVO

BENT-Image_WEBThroughout the months of October and November, VIVO Education is hosting a Circuit Bending and Glitch series in partnership with Vancouver New Music and Video Out.

There will be open build nights/workshops, performance opportunities, screenings,video submissions, talks, demonstrations and one big final showcase on November 7th, featuring the biggest and baddest circuit bent projects in Vancouver. What is circuit bending, you ask? Check out this link for more info.

These events are for everyone from the curious beginner, to the seasoned bender.


This entire series is done without project funding – and administrators and artists are working outside of regular hours to make this happen. We are making a number of events by donation, in the interest of making this series as accessible as possible. If you attend any of these evenings, please consider donating a minimum of $10 to go towards making more events like this happen.



Ladies Hacking Nights // October ($75 – for Kit builders, or By donation for Drop-ins). Please RSVP / Register via Eventbrite.

Do you identify as female and are you interested in learning more about electronics but don’t know where to start? Or, do you have more electronics experience and want to  meet ladies that are also hacking?

We are hosting our first ever Ladies Hacking Night at VIVO, which includes 2 drop-in sessions to build Atari Punk Consoles, with the option of performing with your new creation on November 7th. There are limited kits available, so please register in advance.

If you’d like to come out and meet like-minded people, you’re welcome to drop in and say hi and learn more.


Instructor: Bella McKee

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 11.58.06 AMBella is a musician, composer, teacher, artist, and aerialist from Vancouver.  She is a member of VETO (Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra) and works for a local engineering company manufacturing electric bicycle conversion kits.When she’s not flying high in the sky, or playing with her band, she is in her bedroom recording music and messing around with synthesizers and other electronics.




Note: While this event is all about encouraging more ladies to code/hack/build, there are a few spots  available for all genders, if you reallly want to build an Atari Punk Console 🙂 Email Emily at education(at)vivomediaarts.com if you have any questions.



Intro to Circuit Bending // October 27th & 28th, 7-10pm. Sliding scale $20-$30. Please Register in advance via Eventbrite

This event is an introduction to hacking/circuit bending and includes everything from prying open your first case to putting the knobs on a completed project.

Includes an intro to Circuit Bending by Garnet Hertz and a special limited edition ‘zine.

We will have some circuits and parts available and we suggest that you bring 1 or 2 battery powered circuits to bend and any parts or modifying elements that you would like to use. Participants are welcome to contribute to the BENT Circuit Playground (More info TBA)

Garnet Hertz

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 11.16.55 AMDr. Garnet Hertz is Canada Research Chair in Design and Media Arts and is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr. His art and research explores themes of DIY culture and interdisciplinary art / design practices. He has shown his work at several notable international venues in thirteen countries including SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica, and DEAF and was awarded the 2008 Oscar Signorini Award in robotic art. Hertz is founder of Dorkbot SoCal, a monthly Los Angeles-based lecture series on DIY culture, electronic art and design. He has worked at Art Center College of Design and University of California Irvine. His research is widely cited in academic publications, and popular press on his work has disseminated through 25 countries including The New York Times, Wired, The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, NBC, CBS, TV Tokyo and CNN Headline News. More info: http://conceptlab.com/


Instructor: Dave Leith

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 12.09.55 PMFrom early childhood experiments trying making his parents clocks run backwards and robot controlled curtains, Dave quickly moved into the world of circuit bending and building. His current artistic practice includes design, photography and sound art as well as construction of analog synthesizers/electronics. Current he is developing custom Max/MSP/Jitter software for both audio compositions and multi-media installations which has been exhibited recently in the Patterns show at Aberthau, Thru The Trap Door (On Main Gallery with LocoMotoArt), Queen Elizabeth Park and VIVO’s Signal & Noise Festival.



BENT: A Showcase of Circuit Bending at VIVO // Saturday, November 7th, doors at 7pm. RSVP via Eventbrite. (Event by donation)

Featuring over 15 artists/hackers and musicians, this evening is a showcase of Vancouver’s finest artists and makers exploring the art of circuit bending. There will be a circuit playground, a “Show and Tell” of different projects, and bands playing throughout the evening. If you’re remotely interested in electronics, experimental music, hacking, or just want to get transported to another dimension, this event is worth visiting. Suggested donation is $10. No one turned away for lack of funds. All donations go towards making this and other events like it, possible.

Full line-up of bands and artists TBA


What is Circuit Bending? // Wednesday, October 14th, 7-10pm. RSVP via Eventbrite.

We will be screening a few short films on the art of circuit bending. More info TBA.


Glitch Video Screening // Wednesday, November 11th, 7-10pm

More info TBA

Call for Submissions:



Pietro Sammarco is the Education Coordinator at VIVO. Talk to him if you want to host or attend a workshop, or want to get involved in a special project. In addition to running the education department at VIVO, he also teaches audio production, records bands, does music and sound for film, DJ's karaoke, and performs music with several groups.