Thursday Sept 10th 2015 at 20:00

SyntheticSound: An Experimental Music // Video Retrospective

Video Out Distribution (Vancouver, Canada) is pleased to present SyntheticSound, a program of experimental video shorts for an evening at NK.

This screening, curated by Alan Kollins, formerly of Video Out Distribution, brings together a collection of significant experimental video and music works from the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive.

The program attempts to chronicle important cinematic experimentations, technological advancements, sub cultural movements, and societal analyses with works dating from the 1970s to now – videos by Laurie McDonald, COUM Transmissions with Cosey Fanni Tutti, Arlo Action with Terry Riley, Fantasy Factory, Clark Nikolai, Eric Lorenz, Michael Venus, Mathilde Geromine, Elizabeth Vander Zagg, Brendan Baudat, Lief Hall, and Duane Linklater.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Berlin based artist and theorist, Nine Yamamoto-Masson. Panelist: Imogen Heath co-founder of nowMomentnow.

Bios of Panelists & Moderator:

Panelist Imogen Heath
Imogen Heath is a queer feminist Australian filmmaker & artist based in Berlin, Germany. Her work navigates precarious sites of borders from past/future/now to desire/bodies and postcolonial/diasporic experiences of belonging/home towards some kind of queer multiplicity. Imogen is part of an evolving community of artists creating visual content for queer music scene/s in Berlin. She co-founded nowMomentnow, in Berlin 2011, a queer moving image arts collective to collaborate and produce films, music-videos and events in support of local content-producers. Imogen has worked for, and with, many queer electronic and sound artists to produce video content including PLANNINGTOROCK, CRIME, and Alexander Geist. Imogen’s work has screened at MIXFest NYC, XPOSED Queer International Film Festival Berlin, Lange Nacht der Filmfestivals Berlin, CRATER-LAB Barcelona, FlexFest Florida, & Queerstories, Another Country, Berlin. Upcoming screenings include Marit Ostberg’s When we are together we can be everywhere (cinematographer/performer) at PFFBerlin 2015 and Liz Rosenfeld’s The Surface Tension Series (producer/cinematographer/editor) at The Barbican, FRINGE! Queer Art and Film Fest.

Artist website:




The Satellite Video Exchange, a Vancouver artist-run center (established in 1973, currently known as VIVO) developed a DIY approach to video collection and distribution (snail mail tape exchange) during the infancy of video art practice. The SVE provided fertile ground for a collection of experimental video works to eventually grown into one the more robust and important archive of its kind. For more than 40 years, the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive has developed an essential home for media and performance artists, video makers and electronic artists across Canada and abroad.

“Since inception, the archive is driven by a belief that society would become more socially responsible through the distribution of information unavailable through dominant communication channels.” -Making Video “In”: The Contested Ground Of Alternative Video on The West Coast, Jennifer Abbott, 2000.

Alan Kollins is a Vancouver based curator who has worked in artist run centres since 2003. He assisted in creating the fifty fifty arts collective (Victoria, BC) where he worked as a programmer and administrator for 7 years. Alan has worked as an administrator at VIVO Media Arts (Vancouver), Open Space Arts Society (Victoria, BC) and as a Distribution Assistant at Video Out Distribution (Vancouver, BC) where he helped maintain a video archive that dates back to 1973. Alan recently co-curated a retrospective screening of Canadian Queer cinema for the Out On Screen Film Festival (Vancouver, BC) in conjunction with the National Queer Database and the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive at VIVO Media Arts. Alan earned a BA in Film Studies from the University of Victoria. He continues to explore an independent curatorial practice in the Vancouver region.

Program runs approximately 90 minutes. Entry: 6-8 EUR
Image: Through The Holes (Elizabeth Vander Zagg, 1981) /