October and November is Circuit Bending season at VIVO

Throughout 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.

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)


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