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Matrix was held in Vancouver in January 1973 and provided an opportunity for those working with video (½” and 1” television and non-broadcast television) to meet and discuss issues of mutual concern. Matrix was organized by Michael Goldberg and Trish Hardman, who later coordinated the Satellite Video Exchange Society (SVES). SVES was a videotape transfer centre which dubbed videotapes from the European standard to the North American standard and contained a videotape library. The core of SVES’ video library was formed from 76 tapes brought to Matrix by delegates. SVES was formally incorporated in 1973 and initially known as “Video Inn.” Today, the organization is known as VIVO Media Arts Centre.

 

Funding for Matrix was provided by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Citizenship Branch of the Secretary of State, the Kerner Foundation, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Approximately 140 people registered for Matrix; participants came from Canada, the United States (especially the West Coast), Japan, France, and England.

 

The conference was held over five days; the first three days took place in a church basement, and the remaining two days were held at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) and made open to the public. During the final two days, a video festival was held in VAG’s exhibition halls. Sixty videos were shown in total, and there were additional live demonstrations of video.

 

The majority of the items in this collection were developed after Matrix by its organizers. Noteworthy items include a booklet with a list of conference delegates and a “Porta-Pak” of wallet-sized cards designed to display quotable quotes from the event, upcoming festivals, interesting publications, and information requests. VIVO Media Arts Centre selected the Matrix items featured in this digital collection because these items are significant to their history.


--Text adapted from VIVO Media Arts Centre documents

 
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