Vancouver Independent
Archives Week 2018/19


Renacting Histories - Docufiction and the Work of Sara Diamond and the Women's Labour History Project

Friday, October 12 2018
VIVO Media Arts Centre, 2625 Kaslo St, Vancouver, BC

This event is a fundraiser in support of the Sara Diamond Archive at VIVO's Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive.
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In the 1980s and 1990s performance, re-enactment, the melange of fiction and documentary, and "bad acting" were tactics used by video artists to unsettle notions of documentary realism, provide alternate readings of histories, elicit or manifest subjective interpretations of events, or provide a feminist sense of time. The work of Sara Diamond and the early work of the Women's Labour History Project used these tactics, which were drawn from film theory, feminist criticism and documentary practice. Sara Diamond will discuss these roots and draw from her works of personal documentary/autobiographical narratives and early docu-fiction.

Sara Diamond was an educator and curator for a decade at VIVO Media Arts Centre before founding the Banff New Media Institute (1995). She is currently President of OCAD University.


Wheelchair ramp
Ring buzzer at main door and alert staff that the door at top of ramp needs to be opened.
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. An inward swinging door (33 inch width) opens inward to the exhibition space.
Door: 33 inch width
Toilet: 11 inch clearance on left side. The washroom has a handrail.
Washroom is all genders.

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The Sculpture Fund: Presentation and Reception

Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, 221 E Georgia St

Join 221A for a presentation and reception for Fellow Amy Nugent’s project, The Sculpture Fund. The evening will unfurl a narrative account of Nugent’s extensive inquiry into the estate of sculptors Frances Loring (1887–1968) and Florence Wyle (1881–1968) whose last will and testament called for the creation of The Sculpture Fund: an art acquisition fund for galleries and museums.

The Sculpture Fund is a research collection created by 221A Research Fellow Amy Nugent. Over the past five years, Amy’s research has focused on the history and restitution of sculptors Frances Loring (1887-1968) and Florence Wyle (1881-1968), the current state of Canadian art collections, and the limited acquisition funds to support them. The Sculpture Fund collection at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library activates Frances and Florence memoirs and archives as well as houses books on the history of sculpture and societies in Canada, catalogs on women and non-binary sculptors, acquisitions, art market and art funding.

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Hazel Meyer & Cait McKinney Performing Tape Condition: degraded

Western Front, 303 East 8th Ave

Meyer and McKinney’s lecture performance Tape Condition: degraded investigates the community-based work of collecting, preserving, and providing ethical forms of digital access to archives of queer porn. Their presentation revolves around Slumberparty (1984), a DIY 8mm porn made by a group of Toronto-based lesbians in response to censorship, which was screened publicly only twice and then lost until 2016. The pair discuss the practical and ethical labour behind figuring out how to archive and screen this forgotten reel.

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