Staff

  • Alex Muir
    Technical Services / Dubbing Technician
    Bio

    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. 

  • Casey Wei
    Video Out Distribution + Outreach
    Bio

    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.

  • Clark Henderson
    Video Out Technician & Distribution Assistant
    Bio

    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.

  • Emily Guerrero
    Archivist
    Bio

    Emily is an archivist, librarian, parent, and Leo. Their ongoing research is an investigation into gossip as both an information practice and a method of care; their archival practice is rooted in commitments to community-responsive metadata and queer lineages. Since graduating with an MLIS from the University of British Columbia, she has worked at Xwi7xwa Library at UBC, Simon Fraser University Library, and multiple public libraries.

  • Karen Knights
    Development
    Bio

    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”.

  • Lianne Zannier
    Operations Coordinator1
    Bio

     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.

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  • Pietro Sammarco
    Education
    Bio

    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?.

  • Russell Gordon
    Communication
  • Sungpil Yoon
    Events + Exhibitions Curator
    Bio

    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.