Destroy Vancouer XVI

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Saturday, April 23, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016

ADMISSION: $15 advance $20 door
(Advance tickets will be available till Friday April 22, 11:59pm)

At: VIVO Media Arts Centre
2625 Kaslo Street, Vancouver
(near Broadway, walking distance from Renfrew Skytrain Station)


  • Alex Moskos
  • Alexandra Spence
  • Anne-F Jacques
  • Emma Hendrix + Julie Gendron
  • Martin Messier
  • Víctor Mazón Gardoqui
  • Selectors’ Records DJ

DV is an experimental music and sound art series curated by John Brennan and Elisa Ferrari. Coalescing around improvised forms of music and sound art, DV combines a broad range of experimental music genres and sound art aesthetics and brings together international improvisers with local and national sound artists and avant-garde musicians.

Photo documentation
Destroy Vancouver 2016 excerpts

ARTIST TALK | Alex Moskos + Anne-F Jacques
Sunday April 24 at 1pm
Free Admission

WORKSHOP | SIGNUM: The Invisible Revealed. A two-day workshop on presence, perception and noise
With Spanish media artist Victor Mazon Gardoqui
Saturday April 30 + Sunday May 1 | 12-7pm (14 hrs)

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.

About the 

Alex Moskos is a long-standing participant in Montreal’s experimental music community. He has performed and recorded his own songs under the name Drainolith, with the noise rock band AIDS Wolf and with Dan’L Boone. Moskos has toured constantly over the past few years, released countless recordings on labels like NNA, American Tapes, and Drag City. He is also a writer, painter and skateboard.


Alexandra Spence is a sound artist/musician from Sydney, Australia, currently based in Vancouver, Canada. She works within the fields of improvised music, clarinet performance, electroacoustic composition and audiovisual installation. Spence is interested in the relationship between humans and their sonic environments, in the connection between sound and its context, and its relationship to experience, feeling, memory and place. Spence has performed and presented her work in concerts, festivals, symposiums and galleries in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy and France. Spence is currently a MFA candidate at Simon Fraser University.


Anne-F Jacques is a Montréal-based sound artist. She is interested in amplification, erratic sound reproduction devices and construction of various contraptions and idiosyncratic systems. She often performs, alone and in various collectives (including Minibloc and Fünf), creates sound installations and makes soundtracks for Julie Doucet’s animated films. The use of low technology, trivial objects and rough sounds is particularly appreciated. Anne-F is also involved with Crustacés Tapes, a postal sound distribution project.


Julie Gendron is a designer and artist who works in the areas of interactivity, access, playfulness and change. Julie designs and facilitates experiences that allow people to explore and create their own point of view, culture and communities through her participatory art practice. This project is one in a series of structural artworks that is intended to be completed by its viewers. Other works can be seen here:

Julie would like to thank the following for their support: Brady Marks, Emma and Ari Hendrix, Jesse Scott, Elisa Ferrari, the staff at VIVO and a few anonymous beta testers.

This project was developed with the participation of Creative BC and the British Columbia Arts Council.


Emma Hendrix is a sound designer and installation artist who uses improvisation as a means to building textural sound compositions.


Martin Messier is a composer, performer and videomaker. Most of his work is concerned with the relationship between sound and material (objects or bodies). Messier constantly redefines the boundaries of concrete music by creating sounds with everyday objects, such as alarm clocks, pens, self-conceived machines and sewing machines. At the core of Messier’s work is a dialogue between sounds and objects and the desire to push the everyday imaginary a little further, to magnify these entities by giving them a voice and by reinventing their function. Martin Messier presented his work in various national festivals and events (Mutek, FTA and Mois Multi, ISEA) as well as in international ones (Berlin’s Transmediale, Sonar in Barcelona, Nemo in Paris, Scopitone in Nantes and Today’s Art in The Hague). La chambre des machines also received a distinction at the prestigious Ars Electronica (Austria). In 2010, Messier founded 14 lieux, a sound production company for performing arts.


Vítor Mazón Gardoqui Through actions, objects and electronic devices – between – sound materiality and dislocated information, Mazon Gardoqui´s work questions perception, altered state and vulnerability through un/stable arrangements. His work materializes in three main fields: – actions or site-specific performances through experimental processes, – exhibitions in response to previous actions and collaborative processe, or – seminars in universities and cultural centres. Since 1999 Gardoqui has adopted experimental tactics and techniques of media agitation/intercession in his performances and mass media interventions that make use of sound, light and custom electronics. He graduated in Fine Arts (Lithography and Engraving) at the University of Basque Country (UPV-EHU) in 2008. His work has been performed and exhibited in museums, galleries, billboards, urban screens and public TV/radio stations in Africa, Russia, Nepal, North America, Canada Mexico and numerous other locations across Europe.

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About the 

John Brennan is a sound artist and drummer living and practicing on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Parallel to his practice as a musician, he produces sound installations that consider the relationship between the sonic memory of musical instruments, performance and improvisation. His band Kamikaze Nurse is currently recording their second full-length album, Stimuloso (2021)Mint Records. Other recent sound projects include: MO-DALE (a duo with Justin Patterson) and Last Lost Time with Gabi Dao and Elisa Ferrari. He curated Destroy Vancouver (2012-2016), a quarterly improvised music and sound art series produced by VIVO Media Arts Centre. He has presented work through Vancouver New Music, Vancouver Coastal Jazz, Western Front (Vancouver), Nanaimo Art Gallery, BEK (Bergen), Landmark (Bergen), No IDea Festival (Austin), Suoni per il Popolo (Montreal) and MUTEK (Montreal).

Other collaborators include Chris Corsano, Raven Chacon, John Dieterich, Katerina Ernst, Jacob Audrey Taves, William Hooker, DJ Olive, Greg Saunier, Marshall Trammell, Nate Wooley, and many more.