Evening at the Archive

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

* Image: Delegates at Matrix Festival, Vancouver Art Gallery,1973. (Photo by Kazumi Tanaka)

Wednesday, October 16th
At VIVO Media Arts Centre Studio
Reception: 6:30 pm  Dinner: 7:30 pm

(Must be purchased by October 10th)

VIVO and the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive invite you to join us as we look back on Vancouver’s 1973 MATRIX International Video Exchange Conference & Festival, one of the earliest international gatherings of alternative video producers, and the event where the Video Inn Library was conceived.

Your $60 donation is your ticket to an unforgettable evening. In addition to savouring a delicious, homemade Italian meal, you’ll enjoy a Prosecco reception, a private multimedia exhibition of rare archival material, and enlightening conversation with MATRIX organizers and attendees around the dinner table.

Our exclusive exhibition draws on the MATRIX and Satellite Video Exchange Society fonds, and will include original textual materials from the event, photographs by artist Kazumi Tanaka, newly digitized video from the MATRIX Collection – originally brought to the event by delegates and forming the basis of the Video Inn Library – and original audio recordings from the conference itself.

In the 1970’s tradition of the Video Inn Collective’s notorious dinner meetings, we are hosting an Italian multi-course feast. Lovingly conceived and prepared by our Archive’s most dedicated benefactors Crista Dahl and Frans Van de Ven. (Vegetarian options available. Wine will be available for purchase by the bottle or glass. Cash bar.)

Joining us at the table will be VIVO founders media artist Paul Wong, Michael Goldberg (via Skype from Japan), and long-time S.V.E.S. archivist and our host, Crista Dahl. Stay tuned for further announcements!

Tickets are available easily and quickly online through our CanadaHelps link (credit card, debit, PayPal) or in person at VIVO during regular hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm.
Reserve your place at the table by purchasing your tickets by October 10th!
* Charitable Tax Receipt issued.

Crista Dahl, Elisa Ferrari, Michael Goldberg, The Museum of Anthropology and  Gerry Lawson, Coordinator of the MOA Oral History & Language Lab, Shawn Preus, Frans Van de Ven, Kazumi Tanaka, and Paul Wong.

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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