The Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive: Preserving Vancouver's Video Art Legacy

Creator(s): VIVO Media Arts Centre

Vancouver's Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive (CDMLA) is home to one of Canada's most significant repositories of video by artists and independent producers. It includes over 5000 video titles, an extensive publication and textual record collection, a photo archive, and the societal records of its parent organization - the Satellite Video Exchange Society (SVES). The Archive safeguards video collections chronicling unique B.C. histories including those of Metro Media, The Women's Labour History Project, The First Nations Access Program, Vancouver Status of Women, GaybleVision, Operation Solidarity, and Women in Focus.

In 1973, the SVES and its public face, the Video Inn Library (now the CDMLA), was founded to enable the free exchange of video between alternative, non-commercial producers. This exhibition looks at the social and cultural movements that influenced the establishment of the Video Inn Library, its early years, and the SVES's subsequent expansion into access, exhibition, distribution and education. It illustrates how the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive remains an enduring and significant component of the Society and its mission, and of critical importance to researchers, educators, and artists interested in the history of video, art, and social activism.

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