Not Sent Letters & Guests

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Friday, April 27, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012

NOT SENT LETTERS & GUESTS form public constellations of engaged interdisciplinary and durational practice, un-compromised by the realpolitik conditions of contemporary art as a competitive professional sphere. Jeremy Todd organizes each event as an extension of his continuous Not Sent Letters project. The interrelatedness of art, society and everyday life is critically explored amongst a diverse plurality of artists and publics.

BOBBI KOZINUK, a Vancouver-based media artist, technician and curator, utilizes readings, projection and audience participation to recreate scenes found within a 1970s behavioural manual for young women.  Bobbi has worked extensively within artist-run culture across Canada, exhibits work internationally and teaches electronics for artists at the University of British Columbia.

JILL HENDERSON & MICHAEL DREBERT collaborate within a live drawing performance, trading words and shapes between each other and the audience.  This work is presented in conjunction with THE DRAWING SALON, a traveling program of drawing workshops founded by Jill Henderson and Hannah Hughes and led by artists: Michael Drebert is an interdisciplinary artist from the Lower Mainland who led the Drawing Salon workshop “Mountain” in 2011.

PRINCESS RANDY appears resplendently before the assembled crowd, sharing an intriguing story of intimate (and perhaps compromising) proportions.

ALEX MUIR debuts Late, Then Never, a sound and picture show.  Alex was once VIVO’s utility boy, and although he never slept a night in the VIVO studio, he’s certainly napped there, and in coming back now and then, he feels more and more like it could be his bedroom. In such a capacity he is a bedroom producer.

MANGINA, the eclectic Vancouver-based duo of FREDERICK CUMMINGS & JAMES DIAMOND, perform a spectacular two-song set.  After opening for Ryan Trecartin at ECU in 2009, they’ve strutted their stuff at a Girls Rock Camp benefit, Centre A during the 2010 Winter Olympics, BLIM for Music Waste and Fake Jazz at the Astoria.

WEEKEND LEISURE occupy the VIVO VIDEO BAR all night long! Weekend Leisure is an art/karaoke/comedy/video collective based in Vancouver. Members include CHRISTY NYIRI, CURTIS GRAHAUER and PIETRO SAMMARCO:

A new NOT SENT LETTERS SET selected from includes letters to Willing Conflators of Henry David Thoreau and Jeremy Todd, Northern Ontario Towns, and My Newsfeed, with readings, video and projections by JEREMY TODD, performance by MARGARET DRAGU and live scores by ZUZIA JUSZKIEWICZ.


NOT SENT LETTERS is an ongoing entanglement by Jeremy Todd with the production of meaning, self and cultural memory, involving online image/text posts (since 2005), digital film shorts, interdisciplinary performance works and cooperatively realized public events.

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All Events + Exhibitions are free. Public funding and membership fees subsidize our programming. Please become a Supporting Member for $15 at the next event and keep VIVO accessible.

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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