VIVO Media Arts Centre, a member of British Columbia Museums Association, brings together artists, video and filmmakers, researchers and activists interested in the history of video-making and its evolution towards the art form. VIVO’s educational program extends beyond the boundaries of video distribution and video archiving. The workshops program offers beginner and intermediate level classes on programming, projection mapping, lighting, sound recording by local experts. VIVO accepts research applications to work closely with the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive thus contributing to the local and international art and research community and encouraging curatorial collaborations.
VIVO’s mandate is to directly support artists and independent community-based producers to develop, exchange, and disseminate their skills in a supportive environment through accessible services and programs. Our vision is a robust, diverse, and vibrant media arts sector: a catalyst for critical and innovative engagement with the material forms and cultural meanings of media and technology. VIVO’s programs offer a broad range of services and opportunities to artists and the public. They include:
- Access to the material necessities for quality production through affordable equipment rentals, editing facilities, software, and production space.
- A broad range of skill development and education opportunities that encourage the exploration of technology and aesthetics within a critical, artistic framework.
- Public programming: events, exhibitions, residencies, co-productions, and critical forums.
- International distribution, work exchange, and media art preservation which supports the aspirations and livelihood of artists.
- Western Canada’s largest public reference library and archive of media art, independent video, and related publications, documents, audio recordings, and photographs.