VIVO Media Arts: 50+ Anniversary

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Saturday, July 20, 2024
Saturday, July 20, 2024
7 pm

Join us to celebrate 50+ Years of Media Arts!

It will be an evening full of fun, food, friends and creators, guests from across the globe, highlights from the vault, and so much more! Live music, installations, retrospective, featuring artists from across 50 years of Video History. Has VIVO contributed to your practice?  Have you seen an event or volunteered at VIVO?  Did the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive support your research? We want to welcome you into the space to celebrate 50 years of impact in video art and beyond.

Featuring Artists:

  • Andy Zuliani
    Andy will perform a live ambient set on modular synthesizer and microtonal keyboard, drawing material from my new film and sound project, Drumlin: Or, A Vision At The End.
  • Joshua Stevenson — aka Magneticring
    Joshua will be performing an improvised set using an EMS Synthi AKS synthesizer and custom-programmed FM synthesizers. He will also be live mixing a series of his code-based video synthesis pieces. Every time the code is run, a new iteration of the piece is generated with specific randomization. No one piece will ever be the same. The overall aesthetic is mapped out, but every version will vary from the last. Each of the visual elements in the works influences each other. This work is part of the ongoing series *Living Code* by Joshua Stevenson. Joshua started performing at the Main Street Vivo space back in 2001. He has performed there many times over the years, both solo and with groups such as Von Bingen and Jackie-O Motherfucker.
  • prOphecy sun and Joy on Drums
    Embracing a mesh of experiential, rhythmic, vocals, immersive, and site-specific sculptural movements and approaches, prOphecy sun and Joy on Drums will honour the diverse bodies and sounds that have inhabited the VIVO space over the past 50 years.
  • Reylinn
    For VIVO's 50th anniversary party, Reylinn will be playing a DJ set that mixes experimental electronic music and dance music.

Colour Bar:

Explore Our Colour Bar at VIVO's 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Join us in celebrating fifty years of video art at VIVO Media Arts! Visit our exclusive video lounge where you can choose and enjoy DVDs from our collection. Immerse yourself in the rich history of VIVO as you sip on cocktails and delve into the evolution of video art.

Experience firsthand the legacy of VIVO through our special selected DVDs, showcasing the diversity and creativity of video art over the past five decades.

Exclusive Merchandise:

We are excited to announce the launch of exclusive merchandise in honor of VIVO Media Arts' 50th anniversary. Available now are six limited edition pins, each commemorating iconic moments including the Video Inn and Matrix Video Conference. Detailed descriptions of each pin can be found in the PDF below. Additionally, we are offering an exclusive tote bag featuring a vintage Video Inn poster, perfect for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

For over five decades, under the banner of the Satellite Video Exchange Society, VIVO Media Arts has been at the forefront of the media arts community, championing diverse voices, pushing the boundaries of creative expression, fostering formal and and critical approaches to media arts. Located on the unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, VIVO has built an engaged audience through workshops, production support, distribution, artist residencies, performances and exhibitions as well as curatorial and archival research, reflecting the diversity of contemporary technologies and communities.

Why "50+"? Because it's more than just a number. It's a testament to our commitment to equitable access, fair compensation, and diverse and inclusive spaces for all artists and practitioners.

Now, it's time to celebrate!

We invite you to join us on July 20, 2024, at 7pm until late for an evening of reminiscing, celebrating, and connecting. We will reflect on 50+ years of facilitating and fostering artistic practices, exploration, and community building, and celebrate this incredible milestone as we nurture our past, celebrate the present, and envision the future of media arts.


Ticket Accessibility

  1. Showpass: General Admission: Supporter - $50
    • Includes a complimentary limited edition 50+ anniversary pin.
  2. Showpass: Accessible Admission - $25
    • Low-barrier option
  3. At Door: Free or PWYC (Pay What You Can)
    • Limited tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.

$50 for 50!

If you can't make it, would you consider donating $50 for VIVO's 50th to help us continue our important work? Since the 1973 MATRIX Video Conference & First International Video Festival, VIVO Media Arts Centre (incorporated as Satellite Video Exchange Society) has been a driving force in video and media arts in Vancouver, Canada and beyond. While celebrating 50 years, we are looking ahead to the next five, ten, and beyond. We rely on donations from people like you to help us imagine this future and continue to steward the over 170,000 items in the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive!  

Donate Here

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 

Andy Zuliani is a media artist and composer working at the zones of overlap between electro-acoustic music, video art, and text. His current practice draws him in the direction of medieval music-making and the invention of seasonal rites.


Joshua Stevenson, aka Magneticring, is a musician known for his creative use of vintage synthesizers such as the EMS Synthi AKS, custom-programmed FM tone generators, and modified tape effects. Joshua’s unique sound seamlessly blends improvisation with spontaneous composition. He has been a prominent figure in the western Canadian and international underground music scenes for over 30 years. His influences range from Gamelan music and 20th-century experimental music to noise and the underground music community he emerged from in the 1990s.


prOphecy sun’s interdisciplinary performance practice threads together both conscious and unconscious choreographies, sound, and environment, to create exploratory works that invoke deep body memory and draw from an interior landscape of dreams. Over the last 9 years she has been self-releasing music and videos using smartphone technology as a capturing tool. She is a PhD student at the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at Simon Fraser University and the recipient of the Governor General’s Gold Award. She is a founding member of Dance Troupe Practice and current resident at the Pandora Park Fieldhouse. Her experimental performances, sound compositions, installations, videos, and collaborations have been exhibited at Unit/Pitt Gallery, inFlux at the Surrey Art Gallery, L’alternative: Festival de Cine Independiente de Barcelona, ISEA 2015, DIS 2014, FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, International Experimental Cinema Explosion (USA), Your Kontinent Festival: Art in Containers (Richmond), Festival des Musiques Creation (QB), Live! Performance Art Biennale, Soundasaurus Media Arts Festival (AB), Signal and Noise Media Festival, Exploding Cinema (UK), Square Waves Festival (UK), Dancing on the Edge Festival, Month of Performance Art (Berlin), 12 Min Max, and Low Lives 4 International Festival of Live Networked Performances. Check out more on the Moving Stories website.


Joy On Drums (Joy Mulle has played the drum kit for over 35 years. After graduating from the Contemporary Music and Technology program at Selkirk College, she worked professionally full-time as a touring, recording genre-fluid drummer. She has performed at many festivals across Canada, US and Europe. including: the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards, Dawson City Music Fest, and The National Centre for Truth And Reconciliation. She has also been featured on soundtracks for CBC, APTN, and Mazinaw Rock Productions theatre company. Her local involvement includes City of Vancouver Artist Residency, Girls Rock Camp Vancouver, Music For Change, and The Jazz Cellar. She was the Artistic Director for The WISE Hall and booking agent for The Waldorf Hotel and Brief Encounters. Since 2015, she has been teaching at Rufus Drum Shop and is the Lesson Coordinator there.


Reylinn is a Vancouver based audio/visual artist, DJ, and radio host. They are a founding member of the experimental audio/visual collective Acceleration Radio, and are involved in several collaborative projects - Gulod Tanawin, in motion, and ARCH NEMESIS. Their DJ mixes draw from a wide range of unforgiving and experimental sounds, equal parts braindance and dancefloor driven.

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