Rupture Probe | Return To Sodom North

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Saturday, July 18, 2020
Sunday, July 19, 2020

A VIVO & Queer Arts Festival Co-Presentation
Online Video Screenings

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Rupture Probe and Return to Sodom North look at the continuity of themes across the two decades that separate the videos in these programs.

Screening One:

RUPTURE PROBE | Queer Inquiries & Remediations | Sat, Jul 18 | 7PM  PDT

Recent queer shorts rupture normative notions of gender, pleasure, and activism. Employing remediation and experimental narrative and forms, artists probe transgender and non-binary experience, new erotic signifiers, and inventive strategies for dissent and celebration.

Framing Agnes (Chase Joynt, 2018, 19min)  

Lesbian Hand Gestures (Carol Short, 2011, 3min)  

Less Lethal Fetishes (Thirza Cuthand, 2019, 10min)

Slumberparty 2018 (Cait McKinny & Hazel Meyer, 2018, 24min)              

Paisa (Dorian Wood, Graham Kolbeins, 2019, 9min)

Screening Two:

RETURN TO SODOM NORTH |Vancouver Queer Video 1993-2000 | Sun, Jul 19 | 7PM  PDT

At Video In and elsewhere in the ‘90s, a new generation of queer artists were expanding the west coast response to ongoing racialized and gendered suppression of queer bodies, expression,and desire. Experimental narrative, appropriation, and remediation marked video storytelling. Characteristics of abbreviation, play, and provocation portent the queer potential of new platforms and emergent counterpublics that would define the new milennium. The sum of this work speaks to the desire for a more equitable future; one executed with rigour, joy, and delicious wickedness.

Boulevard of Broken Sync (Winston Xin, 1996, 3min)

Helpless Maiden Makes an I Statement (Thirza Cuthand, 1999, 6min)

Defiance (Maureen Bradley, 1993, 6:50min)

Surfer Dick (Wayne Yung, 1997, 3:20min)

Unmapping Desire (Sheila James, 1999, 6:42min)

Transmission (Ivan Coyote, 1998, 7min)  

Water Into Fire (Zachery Longboy, 1994, 10min)

View (Shani Mootoo, 2000, 6min)

Search Engine (Wayne Yung, 1999, 4min)

*The title of this program refers to R.E.A.L. Women’s attempt to ban the 1990 Gay Games, warning B.C. would become Sodom North. The moniker was quickly appropriated for the queer publication, Sodomite Invasion, and Video In’s screening, Sodom North Bash Back.

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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