SyntheticSound: Experimental Music Chronicles From The Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive

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Friday, June 3, 2016
Friday, June 3, 2016

SyntheticSound: Experimental Music Chronicles From The Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive, Video Out Distribution

Screening: 7:30pm
Panel Discussion with Lief Hall, Gary Bourgeois and Alan Kollins: 9:15pm
Free admission

Following two much lauded screenings in Berlin, Video Out Distribution at VIVO Media Arts is pleased to present the local edition of SyntheticSound, a dynamic video program featuring experimental music as its source.

The program chronicles movements in music composition and performance, multi-media / video experimentation, technological advancements and subculture developments with works dating from the 1960s to the present. Rarely screened works featuring Terry Riley, Throbbing Gristle, Tunnel Canary; multiple Canadian musicians and video artists are highlighted. The archive’s oldest title, Music With Balls (1968), will be screened in all its live video editing glory! All titles culled from The Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive, housed, managed and loved by VIVO Media Arts Centre.

A panel discussion to follow featuring guest speakers Lief Hall, Gary Bourgeoisie and Alan Kollins. Moderated by Shauna Jean Doherty.

Program curated by Alan Kollins.
Program notes can be found here.
The Facebook event can be found here.

Video program runs approximately 95 minutes.


  • Generic Video Art, excerpt: Androgina (Laurie McDonald, 1982. USA 01:00 min.)
  • Music For Stocking-Top, excerpt (COUM Transmissions, Cosey Fanni Tutti, 1974. UK 11:06 min.)
  • Music With Balls, excerpt (Arlo Action, Terry Riley, 1968. USA 05:22 min.)
  • 999 Live at Nashville Rooms, excerpt (Fantasy Factory, 1976. UK 05:40 min.)
  • The Temple of The Sacred Lady Crayon goes Percussion (Clark Nikolai, 1984. Canada 06:53 min.)
  • Tunnel Canary (Eric Lorenz, 2009. Canada 37:00 min.)
  • supa girl (Michael Venus, 2001. Canada 04:18 min.)
  • Sexnoys (Mathilde Geromine, 2006. Canada 01:29 min.)
  • Through The Holes (Elizabeth Vander Zaag, 1981. Canada 03:00 min.)
  • Cybernetic Love Triangle (Brendan Baudat, 2008. Canada 02:30 min.)
  • Mother and Babe (Lief Hall, 2011. Canada 01:14 min.)
  • It’s Hard to Get in My System (Duane Linklater, 2010. Canada 05:42 min.)
  • Generic Video Art Redux, excerpt: Androgina (Laurie McDonald, 1982. USA 01:03 min.)

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 

Lief Hall’s multidisciplinary practice employs light, sound, sculpture and movement to create affective environments. Her installations, performances and compositions induce tension between the virtual and real by projecting 3D computer animation and video onto bodies and fluid sculptural objects made of paper and textiles. She works with the textural and non-narrative qualities of voice to mimic nature, machines and non-human beings; composing a sonic landscape unhindered by formal music structure or symbolic language. This experimentation is expressed in Hall’s current musical projects, the improvisational sound art trio Glaciers and dark electro duo MYTHS.


Gary is a professional educator, programmer and musician He has extensive experience in music performance and generative music programming and composition.

Gary came to VFS in 1994 after six years with Annex Professional, where he served as a Sales Representative/Consultant for MIDI/Digital Audio and a Certified Avid Product Specialist. At VFS, Gary designed and implemented the Audio curriculum, and was appointed Director of New Media Studies in 1999. In 2001, Gary was responsible for designing the original version of the Sound Design For Visual Media program.

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Alan Kollins is a Vancouver based curator who has worked in artist run centres since 2003. He assisted in creating the fifty fifty arts collective (Victoria, BC) where he worked as a programmer and administrator for 7 years. Alan has worked as an administrator at VIVO Media Arts (Vancouver), Open Space Arts Society (Victoria, BC) and as a Distribution Assistant at Video Out Distribution (Vancouver, BC) where he helped maintain a video archive that dates back to 1973. Alan recently co-curated a retrospective screening of Canadian Queer cinema for the Out On Screen Film Festival (Vancouver, BC) in conjunction with the National Queer Database and the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive at VIVO Media Arts. Alan earned a BA in Film Studies from the University of Victoria. He continues to explore an independent curatorial practice in the Vancouver region.