VIDEO BAR: Roundhay Garden Scenes

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Monday, August 13, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012

On October 14, 1888 the worlds first (still surviving) film was shot of Adolphe Le Prince, Sarah Whitley, Joseph Whitley and Harriet Hartley in Roundhay Garden, Leeds, UK. The film was directed by inventor Louis Le Prince and recorded at 12 frames per second on 1885 Eastman Kodak paper base photographic film through his single-lens combi camera-projector. These fragments of proto-cinema feature the Le Prince’s friends and family walking and laughing in the garden. It is the oldest surviving film. In motion, Sarah Whitely appears to be walking backwards as she turns and Joseph Whitely’s coat tails catch wind in an unusual pattern; two beguiling apparitions of early image movement experiments. The human visual system can perceive up to a maximum of 10-12 images a second individually. The archival film–originally shot at this rate–has been remastered at various speeds as motion picture’s frame rate has multiplied to perfect the illusion of continuity, finally standardizing at 24 frames/s. Artifacts of these iterations trace the evolving relativity of real and represented time.

On July 13th 2012, four hours of a video will be transmitted from a rooftop garden in Strathcona, Vancouver, CA to the Video Bar at VIVO. The video signal will be captured by a web cam, and transmitted via ethernet. Unlike early film documents which framed human scale locomotion as the arbiter of verisimilitude, this live stream will follow the activities of plants, garden objects, and sculptures posed for the scene. The relatively young history of streaming video images will surely present its own beguiling apparitions as it struggles to reconcile real and represented time.

Derya and Julia would like to acknowledge the generous support, contribution and the collaboration of all the individuals who have made this garden and this event possible.

Erdem Taşdelen, Cemrenaz Uyguner, Anne Low, Jen Weih, Alex Turgeon, Holly Schmidt, Lyndl Hall, Willem Jan Smith, Tiziana La Melia, Julian Hou, Amy Kazymerchyk, Theo Kohls / Dunlevy Snackbar, Nicole Ondre, Joshua Bartholomew, Wesley Mulvin, Jo Cook, Nicole Kelly Westman, Fraser With, Rebecca Brewer, Khan Lee, Vivienne Besette, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, Asian Canadian Benevolent Society For The Elderly

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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