at Archives Week
SCREENING | Punk, Poetry & Politics | Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street
Sunday, November 22, 3pm
Screening of video from the archives of VIVO, grunt gallery and Western Front hosted by Colin Browne. VIVO’s contribution features excerpts from our Lenore Herb Archive. Herb, AKA Doreen Gray, was an artist, activist and provocateur in Vancouver’s media art, punk, poetry and environmentalist communities.
SCREENING | Radical Rewind | VIVO
Friday, November 27, 7pm
What happened when media activists, alternative video producers, and marginalized communities got their hands on community cable? Explore Vancouver history from the perspective of two community-based organizations – Metro Media (1971-1983) and Gayblevision (1980-1986) – that produced video for Vancouver’s community cable system.
7pm | Analogue Actions on the West Coast
A screening of excerpts from Metro Media that reflect the Vancouver political tensions during Mayor Tom “Terrific” Campbell’s time in office (1967-1972) as well as a full length screening of “Skid Row” (1973, 30 minutes) from their Under the Rug series. Directed by Terry Ketler, it documents the conditions in DTES rooming houses and interviews City of Vancouver staff, politicians, anti-poverty activists, and tenants. The digitization of “Skid Row” was made possible by the generous donation of Ali Lohan.
8pm | Making “Gay” Tele-Visible with Don Larventz
Combining entertainment and documentary, Gayblevision recorded a specific moment in Vancouver’s LGBT community. Excerpts for this screening lean towards the polemic: Gayblevision’s efforts to education the community regarding HIV, the role of the LGBT community in political debates around Human Rights and BC’s Solidarity movement, and its satiric response to homophobic messages in mainstream media.
Gayblevision producer, writer, and editor of The Sodomite Invasion Review, Don Larventz, will be in attendance to introduce the program and dialogue with the audience.
EXHIBIT |Years of Years: Artists in the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive | VIVO
Thursday, November 26, 12-6pm | Friday, November 27 12-10pm
Saturday, November 28 12 – 11pm
This exhibit features a survey of recent artists’ projects that draw on the resources of the Archive. Also, an exhibit documenting the formation of the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive.
LISTENING EVENT | Launch: Stacey Ho Residency Podcast Episode 2| VIVO
Saturday, November 28th, 7:30pm
ARCHIVES WEEK WRAP PARTY | VIVO
Saturday, November 28th, 9pm
Join us as we wrap up Archives Week. More details soon!
Lenore Herb (1947-2010) was a videographer, photographer, writer, curator, arts administrator, social and environmental activist, and an archivist (notably for bill bissett). Lenore was directly involved with blewointmentpress (1960s +), Pacific Cinema (1970s-1980s) and Metro Media (1979-1985), as well as a participant in the Sound Gallery and Trips Festival, the Floating Free School, and Knowplace Free School. She worked to stop the Ashcroft/Cache Creek hazardous waste incinerator, was President of SPEC (the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation, 1990-1995), on the Board of Directors for the Recycling Council of British Columbia (1990-1994), and on the management committee of the British Columbia Environmental Network.
ABOUT METRO MEDIA
Metro Media was founded in 1971, one of the groups to grow out of Intermedia. Its activities included “training citizens in the use of of small format television equipment, cable casting community programs over Channel 10 in Vancouver, and, bringing awareness of communications policies to the community level.” In addition to providing access to video equipment for the alternative and art communities, Metro Media worked closely with educational and social service agencies to promote media democracy. Metro Media provided access to video equipment to many Vancouver producers. Between 1971 and 1974, Metro Media was responsible for over 500 hours of cable programming. It continued until 1983.
Gayblevision, Canada’s first television program made “for gay people by gay people”, was produced through Vancouver’s West End Cable 10 between 1980-1986. It documented the local LGBTQ community – the issues, people, events, businesses and organizations that defined the early 1980s. It includes rare interviews with community leaders and cultural icons, and provides insight into the formation of the Pride movement and the impact of AIDS.
Ho graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Stacey Ho has worked with organizations such as FADO Performance Art, Gallery 44, and Vidéographe. Her writing has been published in Modern Painters, West Coast Line, and Inter: art actuel. She lives in Vancouver, where she is presently associate director of LIVE Biennale.