VIDEOGRAPHICS was curated by media artist Paul Wong from the Archive on the occasion of the centre’s 40th anniversary in 2013. Wong’s homage recalled the original 1973 poster wall created by Michael Goldberg at 261 Powell Street, the homebase for Video Inn (The Satellite Video Exchange Society) from 1973 to 1986. These were critical years in the organization’s development as a leading center of independent media and video art. Wong was one of S.V.E.S.’ founding members and a mentee of Michael Goldberg, whose social, political and aesthetic influence on the Society was crucial to its future trajectory.
VIDEOGRAPHICS is a first helical scan of VIVO posters and graphics, a process of recording and creating digital memory. Far from nostalgically rewinding and pausing on the past, this mixed media installation conveyed the traces left by the analog era in its transition to the digital world.
Video Component of Videographics
The video produced for this installation, and projected as a component of the poster collage, features Wong’s recollections of the events and artists central to VIVO’s history. Touching, smelling, reframing, zooming in and out of the printed paper surfaces allows the emergence of their stories as well as the first questions about their preservation.
Camera: Kevin Doherty
Editing: Sebnem Ozpeta
Production Coordinator: John Brennan
Exhibition Coordinator: Elisa Ferrari
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.
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.