Russell Gordon is VIVO Media Arts Centre's communications specialist. He has been working with Augmented Reality since ARKit was made widely available in 2017. He's made a number of Augmented Reality apps and publishes Face Filters for Instagram with collaborator Casey Wei as 'coldboi9969'. Recently, coldboi9969 was commissioned to make a custom Face Filter for Images Festival in Toronto. As an artist, Russell is passionate about using technology for personal expression; his work has been shown nationally and internationally.
Jae Lew is an media artist and filmmaker currently residing in so-called Vancouver, BC (Unceded Coast Salish Territories). Their practice is situated at a place of visibility and invisibility; their work deals with spirituality, disability, gender and the absurdity of the constructs in which we live under. Jae is the founder of EMO (Experimental Media Outsiders) Collective, an experimental media and analog filmmaking artist collective. They are currently completing a degree in New Media and Sound Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Yasushi Harada is an interactive developer, technical director and visual artist born in Tokyo, Japan, currently living in Vancouver. With a background in psychology, he later found his passion for creating visuals with programming languages while he was working at a creative agency. He has worked for brand activation events, museum exhibitions, night club events and music festivals and has focused on creating live visuals and interactive installations mainly with TouchDesigner in recent years. He is a founder and co-organizer of the TouchDesigner Study Group Vancouver.
Matthew McBride was born, lives, and learns on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations. He is an educator working for and with the Vancouver School Board and Simon Fraser University that specializes in learning in the early years. Currently, he teaches Kindergarten, and is interested in Reggio inspired learning environments.
Sepideh Saii's videos have been shown in galleries and film festivals throughout Europe, Canada, the United States, and Japan. In 2014, she exhibited her film, Behind the Scene, at Whitechapel Gallery alongside artists Shirin Neshat and Bill Viola. Saii has extensive experience teaching film production at Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of Art Design, and the University of Oregon. In 2009, she received her MA in Fine Art Media at UCL’s Slade School of Fine Art in London, England. Currently, she teaches video production at Vancouver Technical Secondary School.
Will Ross has been working in film and video since co-founding Sad Hill Media in 2009. His films have shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival, as well as TIFF, Moonrise, and Cinema Spectacular. Whether for his own projects or someone else’s, his work behind the camera and the keyboard is always focused on finding fresh, gripping new approaches to filmmaking. As well as on-set direction, Will participates in the screenwriting, shotlisting, editing, and sound design stages of the process. His collaborations are marked by responsive communication and craftsmanship that are tailored to the sensibilities of his clients and teams. In addition, he maintains a blog of critical work, and his reviews and video essays have been published by outlets such as Tiny Mix Tapes and MUBI Notebook.
Madeline Taylor is a radio/podcast producer with a passion for social commentary. She has worked in Campus and Community radio since 2013, is the current Programming Director at UBC Radio CiTR 101.9FM, and sits on the Board of Directors for the National Campus/Community Radio Association. Her credits include ABC, the BBC, and various community radio stations. She organized and ran the Intravenus Women’s Collective at SFU’s Campus Radio CJSF 90.1FM, and mentored the Museum of Anthropology’s Native Youth Program in podcast production. Madeline graduated from Simon Fraser University with Honours in History, focusing on the Oral History of women in Vancouver’s early punk movement. Madeline lives and works on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh territory in Vancouver.
Alysha Seriani is a media artist and educator and has been a proud VIVO instructor since 2017. Her practice revolves around horizontal styles of collaboration and learning and is informed by embodying intersectional feminism, intergenerational learning and queer joy. In 2019, she was a recipient of Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program, and her first short film SOAK (2014) is distributed by the CFMDC. She developed a youth mentorship program and associate produced THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN (2019) and has been a collaborator for many media artworks and films that have exhibited at film festivals and galleries around the world. You can check her out at alyshaseriani.com.
Devan Scott’s passion for visual storytelling has led to a portfolio of work as a director, cinematographer, and colourist that has been growing ever since. To see his portfolio, visit movingimageagency.com
Helena Krobath studies spatial narratives and sensory experience through research-creation. She received a Master’s in Media Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, where she was awarded funding by SSHRC, Hexagram, and the Mobile Media Lab to complete a thesis which combined sound studies, art-making, and historical research to examine socio-spatial relations in BC’s north Fraser Valley forest parks. She has taught several workshops on sound, sensory observation, and field recording, including Audio Story-crafting and Poetics for VIVO in 2017; assisting in VIVO’s 2018 mentorship, Still Creek Salmon Sounds; and leading VIVO's 2019 mentorship, Alt+Space+Control: Vancouver Housing Stories. Her sound art is featured in New Adventures in Sound Art’s 2019 compilation and she is currently one of CRES Media Arts Committee’s sound artists in residence. Helena has designed interactive sound and field recording workshops for the Milieux Institute and the Simone de Beauvoir Institute in Montreal; has led soundwalks with Vancouver New Music; and has taught audio production labs at Concordia University, covering production skills including recording, editing, processing and narrative techniques. She participated in a sound-mapping exchange between Montreal and Morecambe, programmed by the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University and has presented methodology and media work at conferences and symposia, including the Feminist Media Studio and the American Association of Geographers Annual Conference. She also worked with the organizing team for Media Democracy Days Vancouver for several years. She currently volunteers with the Vancouver Tenants Union and co-hosts the Soundscape Show on Vancouver Co-op Radio.