Sticky Impulse Archive Night: Aphemera

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Browse, read, watch, listen at this evening of archival anarchy. We'll dive into the deliciously messy personal collection of artist and provocateur Lenore Herb AKA Doreen Gray. Zines, posters, set lists, photos, music, video recordings, and her personal writings on Vancouver punk in the 70s and 80s.

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.

e-phem-er-a (noun)
meaning things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.

a-phem-er-a (modified noun)
Substitutes the prefix "a" - meaning "not" - for the first "e" in "ephemera"
meaning things originally thought to exist or be used or enjoyed for only a short time until an archive gets hold of them.

This event takes place on the Unceded Coast Salish Territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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Karen previously worked at VIVO as Librarian, Distributor, and Programming Coordinator (1984-1999) and as an independent curator and critic. She has a special passion for artist-run centre archives and has been commissioned to create historical surveys and touring exhibitions for EM Media (Calgary) and ED Video (Guelph), and writings based on the Western Front and VIVO collections. Her essay “Abundant Harvest: The Recordings of Calgary Video Artists and Independents” was recently included in EM Media’s 30th anniversary publication “Expanded Standard Time”.