VIVO Media Arts Centre to celebrate 45 years of video art in Vancouver

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      One of the world's earliest international video centres was launched right here in Vancouver. And it's going to be holding a decades-spanning retrospective of Vancouver video art to mark its 45th anniversary.

      VIVO Media Arts Centre, also known as Video In Studios/Video Out Distribution, was incorporated as the Satellite Video Exchange Society in 1973, and is one of Canada's longest-operating artist-run centres.

      Video art from the Video Out Collection and the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive, curated by Casey Wei, will be screened at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (September 12) at the Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street).

      Jae Woo Kang, Silence (2018)

      This 94-minute collection will illuminate the shifts in technological developments, social issues, and narrative approaches that have taken place over the past few decades.

      The screening will include some works that have never been exhibited before including Skip Blumberg's Instant TV; Gender Politics (1993), featuring poet Eileen Myles, and Clark Nikolai's Lady Crayon Goes to Mars (1982/2018).

      They'll be included in a mix of classics and little-seen works, such as Randy and Berenicci's Raven Mad (1990), Marina Roy's Sleeper (2004), and Jae Woo Kang's Silence (2018).

      Full details are available at the Cinematheque and VIVO websites.