Stacey Ho: A few ways to learn a couple things

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Saturday, November 28, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Saturday November 28th 7PM | A few ways to learn a couple things

Archives Week Wrap-up Reception to follow at 9PM

In 2014 artist Stacey Ho was invited to create a residency around VIVO’s history and archives. She proposed to produce a radio series in podcast form. Each episode would be composed of present-day interviews and interventions as well as samples of works from the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive. Using the human voice as its primary material, these sound pieces would consider past and present connections between communities, concepts, and production through art, while alluding to collective, intangible, and oral history traditions.

“A few ways to learn a couple things” is the second iteration of this project. It presents plant medicine from the perspective of several traditions in juxtaposition with accounts of Vancouver’s alternative education movement. From the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive, the installation samples “All Good Medicine: Kon-a-wai Kloshe La-mes-tin” (1993) by Cease Wyss, “Plum Sauce” (2001) by Karen Tam, and “What’s Stewing” (1974) by Ross Gentleman. The work also features conversations with Julia Aoki, Crista Dahl, Ellen Ho, and Nathalee Paolinelli as well as a reading library curated by Robin Simpson.

This event will be succeeded by a reception to cap off Archives Week presentations of the three collaborating artist-run centres: grunt gallery, the Western Front and VIVO Media Arts Centre. For more information about preceding events visit

STACEY HO is an artist, writer and curator. Her work investigates materiality across photography, sound, writing, and performance, while her research and practice consolidates this material into intuitive constellations or narratives. She attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has since presented her work at FADO Performance Art, Gallery 44, and Spatial Poetics. Her writing has ben published through Modern Painters, RAM Galleri, Vidéographe, West Coast Line, and Inter: art actual. She lives in Vancouver, where she is associate director of LIVE Biennale.

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.

About the 

Stacey Ho lives on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Their practice considers intersections of culture, history, and embodiment from a feminist perspective while incorporating language, sound, and gesture. Their work has been presented at Art Metropole, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Toronto), Galerie oqbo (Berlin), Artcite (Windsor), RAM Galleri (Oslo), Or Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery. They organize Slow Wave Small Projects, a one-week Gulf Island retreat that re-imagines approaches to learning and art-making from feminist, activist, and land-based perspectives.

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