Sticky Impulse Archive Night: The Poetical is Political

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Sticky Impulse Archive Night: The Poetical is Political
July 28 – August 11 @

Curated by KC Wei (Video Out)

What’s more political than identifying oneself as a poet? To wax language down from utility, to play with words and shift cognition; to rest on sound, form, and rhythm? This month’s Sticky Impulse features a selection of readings, conversations, abstractions, and physical ephemera from the Lenore Herb Archive and other videos from the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archives.

Stan Persky, Metro Media, c.1971.
The Poem Company (Beth Jankola & Cathy Ford excerpt), Video Brain 1974.
Sous La Langue 3rd stanza (Nicolle Brossard/Daphne Marlatt), Fast Forward Prod., 1990.
No Commercial Potential (excerpts), Ernest Gusella, 1978.
Water, Wind, the Record of Rocks, Laurie McDonald, 1979.
Pia Massie Reading at thirstDays no. 3, VIVO Media Arts Centre, 2016.
The Snows, Russell Wallace, 2014.

Publication excerpts:
Pulp vol.1 no. 11, May 1973.
easy come, Earl Courtney, 1973.
Write me an Adventure/I Love You Way, bill bissett, 1983.
The Literary Storefront Newsletter, 1982.
The Last Acts of Saint Fuck You (poster), Bern Porter, 1985.
Collage and Text, Pat Stevens.
Xeroxed Text and Collages, Lenore Herb, c.1983-1985.

Image: Lenore Herb Archive, Practical Knowledge, Summer '69, published at Intermedia

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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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.