VIVO EVENTS at Archives Week - Radical Rewind

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Friday, November 27, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015

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.

Venue Accessibility

VIVO is located in the homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples in a warehouse space at 2625 Kaslo Street south of East Broadway at the end of E 10th. Transit line 9 stops at Kaslo Street on Broadway. From the bus stop, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight decline. The closest skytrain station is Renfrew Station, which is three blocks south-east of VIVO and has an elevator. From there, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight incline. There is parking available at VIVO, including wheelchair access parking. There is a bike rack at the entrance. The front entrance leads indoors to a set of 7 stairs to the lobby.

Wheelchair/Walker Access

A wheelchair ramp is located at the west side of the main entrance. The ramp has two runs: the first run is 20 feet long, and the second run is 26 feet. The ramp is 60 inches wide. The slope is 1:12. The ramp itself is concrete and has handrails on both sides. There is an outward swinging door (34 inch width) at the top of the ramp leading to a vestibule. A second outward swinging door (33 inch width) opens into the exhibition space. Buzzers and intercoms are located at both doors to notify staff during regular office hours or events to unlock the doors. Once unlocked, visitors can use automatic operators to open the doors.


There are two all-gender washrooms. One has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The other is a single room with a urinal and is wheelchair accessible: the door is 33 inches wide and inward swinging, without automation. The toilet has 11 inch clearance on the left side and a handrail.

To reach the bathrooms from the studio, exit through the double doors and proceed straight through the lobby and down the hall . Turn left, and the two bathrooms will be on your right side. The closest one has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The far bathroom is accessible.

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