Pisces Midheaven – A Response to the Lenore Herb Audio Cassette Collection

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Thursday, November 8, 2018
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Pisces Midheaven: A Response to the Lenore Herb Audio Cassette Collection
Publication & Mixtape – $25*

*shipping included

Publication & Mixtape Launch | Discussion
With researchers/responders: Elisa Ferrari and Casey Wei
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at VIVO Media Arts Centre, 7pm

A Vancouver Independent Archives Week Event

Over this summer, artists Elisa Ferrari and Casey Wei began the excavation of Vancouver artist and activist Lenore Herb’s audio cassette collection from the Lenore Herb fond at VIVO’s Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive.  Herb was a prolific documentarian, recording events, friends, and colleagues on video and audiotape. She was also an ardent punk music collector.

Ferrari and Wei digitized and transcribed over 20 hours of interviews, panel discussions, conversation, audio collage, and other bits of ephemera. The fascinating and charged texts read like episodic scripts. For VIAW, Ferrari and Wei created a publication of excerpts from their transcriptions, and a mixtape of audio from the voices, issues, and sounds of the Vancouver art scene, 40 years prior.

Ferrari and Wei will talk about their response to Herb’s audio cassette collection. Publication, mixtape, and poster will be available for purchase. Cocktails and conversation to follow.

Herb’s archive of video, audio, photography, and textual materials is available to researchers by appointment.

Venue Accessibility
> Wheelchair ramp>
Ring buzzer at main door and alert staff that the door at top of ramp needs to be opened.
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. An inward swinging door (33 inch width) opens inward to the exhibition space.
> Washroom >
Door: 33 inch width inward swinging. Toilet: 11 inch clearance on left side. The washroom has a handrail.
Washroom is all genders.

About the 

Elisa Ferrari is an artist and curator, and holds a BFA (University of Architecture of Venice) and a MAA (ECUAD). She works with text, image, and sound. To consider acts and implications of retrieval, she produces projects that manifest as installations, sound walks, artist books, and performance; often addressing or incorporating archival fragments. She is part of – – / dashes, a sound performance collaboration with John Brennan. She is currently collaborating with Stacey Ho on a book of graphic scores for deep listening and sound making.


Casey Wei is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and musician based in Vancouver. She graduated with an MFA from SFU in 2012. Her practice has evolved from filmmaking (Murky Colors in 2012, Vater und Sohn / Father and Son / 父与子 in 2013), into works that cross over between art, music, and the community at large (Kingsgate Mall Happenings in 2014, Chinatown Happenings in 2015, and the art rock? series that began in 2015). In 2016, she began Agony Klub, a music and printed matter label that releases material under the framework of the “popularesoteric.” She also plays in the musical projects Late Spring and hazy.


Lenore Herb (1947-2010) AKA Doreen Gray, was an artist, activist and provocateur in Vancouver’s art and environmentalist communities. She was a videographer, photographer, writer, curator, arts administrator, social and environmental activist. Archiving was a part of her life and practice, and she is noted as archivist for bill bissett. Lenore was directly involved with blewointmentpress (1960s +), Pacific Cinema (1970s-1980s) and Metro Media (1979-1985), as well as a participant in the Sound Gallery and Trips Festival. She worked to stop the Ashcroft/Cache Creek hazardous waste incinerator, was President of SPEC (the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation, 1990-1995), on the Board of Directors for the Recycling Council of British Columbia (1990-1994), and on the management committee of the British Columbia Environmental Network.

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