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Pisces Midheaven: A Response to the Lenore Herb Audio Cassette Collection

  • VIVO Media Arts Centre 2625 Kaslo Street Vancouver, BC V5M 3G9 (map)

Vancouver Independent Archives Week Event
Thursday, November 8th, 2018, 7pm @ VIVO Media Arts Centre

Publication & Mixtape Launch | Wiith Elisa Ferrari and Casey Wei

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Over this summer, artists Elisa Ferrari and Casey Wei began the excavation of the audio cassette collection of artist and activist Lenore Herb. Herb was a prolific documentarian - recording events, friends, and colleagues on video and audiotape - and an ardent punk music collector. Ferrari and Wei digitized and transcribed over 20 hours of interviews, panel discussions, conversation, audio collage, and other bits of ephemera.  For Vancouver Independent Archives Week, Ferrari and Wei responded to this research with a publication of excerpts from these fascinating and charged scripts and a mixtape of audio from the voices, issues, and sounds of the Vancouver art scene, 40 years prior.

Ferrari and Wei will discuss their response to the audio cassette collection from Herb’s fond at VIVO’s Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive. Their publication and mixtape will be available for purchase.


Elisa Ferrari is an artist and curator working with text, image, and sound. To consider acts and implications of retrieval, she produces projects that manifest as installations, sound walks, artist books, and performance; often addressing or incorporating archival fragments. Ferrari is part of – – / dashes, a sound performance collaboration with John Brennan and currently collaborating with Stacey Ho on a book of graphic scores for deep listening and sound making.

Casey Wei is an artist, filmmaker and musician. In 2016, she began Agony Klub, a music and printed matter label that releases material under the framework of the “popular esoteric”. In 2018 she premiered her documentary on the Vancouver music community, art rock? The Popular Esoteric. She plays in the musical projects Kamikaze Nurse and hazy and is the co-founder of Stills: A Moving Image Tract, with Steffanie Ling.

Lenore Herb (1947-2010) AKA Doreen Gray, was an artist, activist and provocateur in Vancouver’s art and environmentalist communities. She was a videographer, photographer, writer, curator, arts administrator, and social and environmental activist. Archiving was an important activity in her life and practice, and she is noted as archivist for bill bissett.

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