~Gayblevision was Canada’s first TV program made “for gay people by gay people” produced through the West End Community Cable Network between 1980-1986. Its members-cum-journalists covered the local LGBTQ community and culture, from disco parties at Hamburger Mary’s to Queer art at the Helen Pitt Gallery, and conducted interviews with politicians and cultural icons, providing real-life insight into the formation of the Pride movement and the impact of AIDS.
Following a brief intermission, the evening will conclude with 4 short works by LGBTQ video-artists/filmmakers working today with themes of sexuality. “Todd is a Window Washer” by Clark Nikolai (2016) is an elegant, straightforward documentary about a window washer named Todd, as he meticulously preps for his mundanely-dangerous job on the rooftop of a high-rise. In “2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99”(2017), Thirza Cuthand stars in this playful infomercial advertising knowledge support for Walter William’s seminal text, The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture. Jae Woo Kang’s “Rosa Rugosa” (2013) is a tender and thoughtful depiction of a gay man’s gender insecurities. “Two Snakes” (2015) by Kristin Li is a primarily animated work that unpacks sublimated lesbian desire in the famous Chinese legend, Madame White Snake.
“Gayblevision Select” 30 min
“Todd is a Window Washer” Clark Nikolai (2016) 10 min
“2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99” Thirza Cuthand (2017) 5 min
“Rosa Rugosa” Jae Woo Kang (2013) 6 min
“Two Snakes” Kristin Li (2015) 9 min
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.
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.