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Video Communication: Art & Technology between Canada & Japan, 1967-1985

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Tuesday, December 15, 2020


Video Communication: Art and Technology between Canada and Japan, 1967 -1985
Series Introduction & Interviews

A three-part series curated by Jesse Cumming

October 27 - December 15, 2020


Video Communication: Art and Technology between Canada and Japan, 1967 -1985, explores the rich history of influence and exchange between Japan and Canada in the early, exploratory years of video. Intended as a prelude and supplementary program to a future in-house archival exhibit, this series of online programs explore topics of mixed-media experiments and community journalism and video activism. Each video program will highlight little-seen work and classics by both Japanese and Canadian practitioners, tracing a history of mutual influence and emphasizing important collaborations.

Previews of the upcoming screenings are now online.


Part One: Interviews
October 27 - December 15

This three-part series launches October 27th with short interviews with Michael Goldberg, co-founder of the Satellite Video Exchange Society (VIVO) and facilitator of some of the earliest exchanges between Canadian and Japanese video artists; Moira Simpson and Liz Walker, both filmmakers, Metro Media producers, and co-founders of the Vancouver feminist film collective, ISIS Women & Film; and Mihato Taura, videomaker and co-founder (with Ko Nakajima) of Video Earth Tokyo collective (est 1971). The interviews will be accessible for the duration of the series.

Part Two: Intermedia (online video event)
November 24 - December 1

Intermedia is the first of two video screenings. Featuring videos by Michael Goldberg, Video Inn, Tatsuo Kawaguchi, Saburo Muraoka, and Keiji Uematsu, CTG (Computer Technique Group), and Video Information Center, Intermedia will be streamed to a worldwide audience for one week, 24 hours a day.

In each of the selected works the new capabilities of the technology appear at the fore. Whether connected by shared conceptual grounding, by subject matter, or by physical travel and exchange, through the examination of explorations in Intermedia between Japan and Canada what emerges is a shared sense of exploration and excitement.” –Cumming

Part Three: Vox Populi (online video event)
December 8 - December 15

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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Jesse Cumming (he/him) is a curator, writer, and researcher. At the Toronto International Film Festival, he is an Associate Curator for the Wavelengths programme, having previously served as the section’s Programming Associate. He has worked as a programmer with Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and as a consultant with the Berlinale Forum and Open City Documentary Festival. Independently, he has curated, co-curated, and presented programmes with the Museum of Modern Art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Tallinn Photomonth Biennal, Anthology Film Archives, the ICA London, and more. He holds an MA in Communication & Culture from York University.