Sticky Impulse: Butch & Other Queer Masculinities part II

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Sticky Impulse: Archive Nights (A monthly screening series)
Butch & Other Queer Masculinities, Part II
Curated by VIVO's 2019 Archivist-In-Residence, Sophie Roberge

VIVO Micro-Cinema
Doors 6:30 PM
Screening 7:00 PM
Free event

In part two our new series, Sticky Impulse, we further explore understandings of queer masculinities - queer masculinities in place and through time; internalized and embodied; rejected and embraced.

Lest I Burn | Shani Mootoo | 1991, 4 min. - Commercial Drive is Vancouver’s unofficial Lesbian neighbourhood. Dykes openly live on the strip before the dominant eyes of the straight macho culture of coffee bars and pool rooms. Mootoo's poetic voice stakes a claim through visual and aural signs: that... This is Amazon Land.

Not Like That: Diary of a Butch-a-Phobe | Maureen Bradley | 1994, 13 min. - Starting with the footage of Annie Oakley and moving to clothing, hair and boots of the urban lesbian, this video explores the cultural signifiers of the outlaw woman. Looking at my own internalized fears of appearing butch, NOT LIKE THAT attempts to overcome this particular type of homophobia that is evident in queer culture.

Butch Tits | Jen Crothers | 2010, 3 min. - Butch women discuss the sometimes complicated relationship they have with their breasts.

Boi Oh Boi! | Thirza Cuthand | 2012, 9 min. - After a long period in life identifying as a Butch Lesbian Cuthand considers transitioning to male. The experience involves a six month period of her life during which she goes by the name Sarain, which she would have been called had she been born a boy. They ask to be called by male pronouns. Complicated by mental health crises, Cuthand found themselves in a mental health group home for women, having to hide their gender dysphoria. After a considerable amount of thought and discussion, Cuthand changes her mind and decides to remain a Butch Lesbian. Shot partially in Hamburg Germany, riding back and forth on the UBahn is a metaphor for her eventual acceptance of fluctuating between masculine and feminine gender.

You are welcome to join Archivist-in-Residence, Sophie Roberge for a casual discussion following the screening, on the queer material at the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive and her project, Every Queer Thing.

STICKY IMPULSE references the materiality of videotape from the electric impulses that transfer content to magnetic tape to its inevitable deterioration of its core elements; the problematic, things difficult to navigate or let go of; creative spontaneity, abandon, recklessness, or the need to take action.

STICKY IMPULSE is a Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive event encouraging new engagement with VIVO's collections.

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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Sophie Roberge was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1990. She graduated with a BA in History from Concordia University in 2014. She is currently an MAS/MLIS Candidate at the University of British Columbia, with a projected graduation date of December 2017. During her studies, she has focused primarily on queer community archives and the affective impact of archives. Her paper “‘Those Whose Residence is (not) Assumed’: Empowerment and the Affective Impact of Participatory Description,” has been nominated for the Gordon Dodds Prize (results forthcoming). As part of her classwork requirements, she has undertaken an information management project for the Ending Violence Association of BC, created a digitized photograph collection for the BC Gay and Lesbian Archives, and put together a resource guide for the Nisga’a participants in the Breath of Life Language Restoration workshops. Roberge has volunteered in the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive since Spring 2015 and has served on the organization’s Archives Committee since January 2017. She has been the co-chair of the Progressive Librarians Guild at UBC since September 2015, through which she has planned a professional panel on Accessibility & Assistive Technologies and a student roundtable discussion on Queering the Library. She is currently working as a Digitization Assistant at the UBC Digitization Centre and is undertaking a professional experience at the Audrey and Harry Hawthorn Library & Archives at the Museum of Anthropology. She is deeply committed to using her training in libraries and archives towards the support of social justice and community initiatives. Sophie was VIVO's Archivist for 2018 and 2019 Archivist-in-Residence.