Thursday, October 13, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Intermedia 1969




Al Neil: Pataphysical dance, CBC TV live at Intermedia









January 8: event, Intermedia Film Co-operative Marathon Benefit at the Vancouver Art Gallery produced by Al Razutis. Article: by M.J. Ruvinsky in The Province (Poster by Al Razutis)






Glenn Lewis and Gathie Falk, performance piece for CBC TV at Intermedia







Event: CBC Television documentary on Intermedia included music by the Al Neil /Gregg Simpson Duo and Glenn Lewis and Gathie Falk's theatre pieces.



Al Neil and Gregg Simpson, CBC TV, recording at Intermedia, Nov. 1969







March 14: preview of Electrical Connection, annual Intermedia exhibition and events at the Vancouver Art Gallery in The Province. Includes fibre optic installation by Tom Osborne.

March: event, publication of Ed Varney's Openings, first book from Intermedia Press.

Vancouver Sun interview, Intermedia Assaults the Interface, Ann Finkel and Werner Aellen.

April: event, publication of Circular Causation, edited by Jorg Heyman and Scott Lawrance.

April 2: event, Performance Fractions For the West Coast, Yvonne Ranier

April event, Electrical Connection, Intermedia exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

April 9: review, Electrical Connection, Richard Anstey concert in The Vancouver Sun. The following are reviews of the exhibition which appeared in the Vancouver Sun:

April 10: article, Electrical Connection: Day 3 by Andreas Schroeder.

April 11: article, Electrical Connection Day 4 by James Barber

April 12: article, Electrical Connection Day 5 by Brian McLeod

April 18 :article, Varney's Moving Kitchen, article by Norm Severud.

Two reviews of Electrical Connection in The Province.

May 16: article, Summer Festival Proposal by Norm Wilson in the Vancouver Province.

June 20: event, Intermedia Nights Film Night, Victoria Art Gallery. Included films by David Rimmer: Migration; Danny Fisher: Seatta; Tom Shandell: El Diablo; Arnold Saba: Euphoria; Peter Bryant: Felix; Gordon Fidler: Phase 2; Bill Fix: Underground; and Al Sens: Cartoon.

June 21: Exhibition: Spaces (Sound and Light Sculpture and environmental installations) at Victoria Art Gallery included Dave Rimmer, Gregg Simpson, Bob Arnold, David Knox, Gary Lee Nova and others.

July 19, 20 & 21: Moon Festival, at the Vancouver Planetarium, Sunset and Second Beaches. Included:Herb Gilbert-balloons, Werner Alien - moon phone and data links, Rare Boutique - banners, Tad Young - bubble machine, also featured Helen Goodwin, Dean Fogal and Chuck Rief.

August 8: event, Trudeau Dinner, at the Seaforth Armoury. Articles by Ian Macdonald & Kay Alsop in The Vancouver Sun.

Article: Intermedia at 4th Avenue by Charlotte Townsend in November

Production of magazine, Radio Free Rainforest edited by Gerry Gilbert.
November 17 - 28: Poet-Critic '69, Concrete Poetry Show, SUB Galery, UBC included Judy Copithorne and Ed Varney.

November 30 - December 6: Walls Graph, Glenn Lewis at the Ace Gallery,Vancouver.

December 4: event, Intermedia Illusions, University of Alberta SUB, including Don Druick - music,Maxine Gadd - poetry, Dave Rimmer - film, Judy Copithorne - poetry, Ed Varney – poetry/projections,Henry Rappaport – poetry, Dennis Vance - sound.



1969

Herb Gilbert at the Moon Festival, Vancouver Planetarium





December 5: event, Intermedia Illusions, Edmonton Art Gallery, same personnel as above.

Event: publication of Free Media Bulletin, edited by Jeff Wall, Duane Lunden and Ian Wallace.

Intermedia 1968

1968

Werner Allen, a film maker and former architect appointed as the Director of Intermedia. Ellie Gomber hired as the administrative secretary and remains for the duration of Intermedia's existence.




Werner Allen, Intermedia Director 1968-70





February: event at Douglas Gallery with TheCo, including Helen Goodwin, Steve Cummings, Evelyn Roth,Gary Lee Nova, and others.

June 21: article in the Province, What John Neon Can and Cannot Do.

Summer event, Intermedia Nights, Vancouver Art Gallery. Exhibition includes Prisma, a mirrored hexagonal room by Gary Lee Nova, Michael Morris, Ken Ryan and Al Hewitt. Debut of John Neon's fluorescent tube sculptures and installations.



Installation by John Neon during Intermedia Nights, Vancouver Art Gallery, 1968

Events: bill bissett's Mandan Ghetto Massacre, poetry and music performance. The Al Neil /Gregg Simpson Duo: 39 Wonderful Years in Show Business which included John Neon's Musical Steps sculpture. Also featured were James Barber-audience participation pieces and evenings by Helen Goodwin, Evelyn Roth and others.



Al Neil and Gregg Simpson prepare for 39 Wonderful Years in Show Business





Various articles in Vancouver Sun by Joan Lowndes, Norman Wilson and James Barber.











Sept. 9: event at 575 Beatty St.: Underwater Movies included a triple screen projection by Gerry Gilbert and several short films by david w and Gregg Simpson.







Poster by Gregg Simpson for Underwater Movies, Sept. 9, 1968
1968



Featured films were: Home Movie by Gerry Gilbert; Haitian Hiatus,Transcendent Melancholy,Tibetan Mix, Merde in the Cathedral and Charisma Cowboys by Gregg Simpson; The White Bore, Love as in Joy, Mantra, Oregon and Francesca by david w.




October 4: review in Georgia Straight of Spectrum 68 at the Vancouver Art Gallery (included work by Ed Varney, Gregg Simpson and others)

October 5: article in Vancouver Sun, Grant Awarded.

December 20: event, Radio Free Rainforest, tape loops, sound, etc. Gerry Gilbert and Dennis Vance at 575 Beatty Street.



Intermedia Nights, Vancouver Art Gallery, summer, 1968

Friday, January 28, 2011

Intermedia

INTERMEDIA: An Illustrated Chronology

1967

Contemporary Arts Festival, University of British Columbia
CBC Television Series, The Enterprise, featured half hour productions by artists, many of who worked at the Motion Studios including The Helen Goodwin Dancers and the Al Neil Trio.




Helen Goodwin (left);
(right) THECO Dancers:(Clockwise) Joan Payne, Evelyn Roth, Rita Watson


Intermedia Society leased a four storey building at 575 Beatty St. There were studios for film editing and sound recording, bill bissett's blewointment press, the Al Neil Trio's rehersal space, and open spaces on the first and second floors for performances.




The Al Neil Trio in rehearsal in their studio at Intermedia's Beatty St. location
(Photo: Michael deCourcy


April 15: article in Vancouver Sun, Grant Sought.

Exhibition: Joy and Celebration, U.B.C. Fine Arts Gallery presented several artists associated with both the Sound Gallery/Motion Studios and Intermedia including Gary Lee Nova, Dallas Selman, Michael Morris,Audrey Doray, Roy Kiyooka, Ian Wallace and Darcy Henderson.




Michael Morris: Cover of Catalogue for Joy and Celebration








May: article in The Vancouver Sun, Understanding Intermedia

July 21: article in The Province on American artist, Robert Rauschenberg mentions Intermedia finding a space.

Article in Vancouver Sun,
Sam Perry's Last Trip.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Motion Studio

The ramshackle office/warehouse which was the new home of the Sound Gallery operation was now called Motion Studio, the name reflecting an increased effort on Goodwin's part to create a more effective dance environment in collaboration with Sam Perry's light show. The name chosen for this collaboration, WECO, was a tribute to the multi-media collective in New York, USCO, whose founder, Steve Dirkey, was a very influential on Perry.

Sam Perry was a figure who was both inspiring and perplexing, His pioneering film and projection work was ahead of its time with its multiple layered imagery drawn largely from from Tibetan Buddhist sources. Perry, like the painter Jack Wise, had been to Nepal and met the Dalai Lama. Originally working in 16mm, Perry progressed to creating montages of film loops which were augmented for performances with magic lantern, slide carousels and overhead liquid projectors, anticipating the subsequent development of rock era light shows.

During this period the underground rock scene had been developing rapidly giving the WECO projectionists several gigs accompanying the rock bands at the Afterthought, a club located in the old Pender Auditorium where groups like the United Empire Loyalists held forth to swaying crowds of hippies.The largest and best attended of these early psychedelic era events was the Trips Festival, held in the Garden Auditorium of the Pacific National Exhibition grounds near the eastern boundary of the city.

The Trips Festival was organized by a number of people but was coordinated through the efforts of a number of people. Inside this huge auditorium were 100 rear projection screens for everything from old Chaplin films to abstract 16mm film loops and everything else from liquid overhead projectors to magic lantern slides from the turn of the century.



Poster for the Trips Festival, 1966
Drawing by Jack Wise, design by Michael Sawyer


The Al Neil Trio opened the first set of the evening, which included Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Daily Flash, poet Michael McClure and other Seattle and San Francisco rock bands. This was before these groups achieved any national prominence and were basically still underground Bay area groups. Topping everything off, the Motion Studio played host as a crash pad for the already legendary, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, with their soon-to-be legendary bus. Vancouver was into the 60's full tilt.


WECO Dancers in at Motion Studio performance, 1966
(Photos by Jack Dale)

In the fall of 1966 after the long hot summer of the Trips Festival we had the space at 1266 Seymour almost renovated and ready to open. The weekend before the official opening there was a jam session with the Al Neil Trio plus tenor sax player, Glenn MacDonald, a talented musician who had worked with Neil at the Cellar in the early 60's. In the middle of one tune, probably a bebop standard which is what Glenn favoured, I looked up from the drums at one point to see to my amazement a ring of over coated, fedora-wearing figures all about 6' 4" and very mean looking surrounding the bandstand.

This was none other than the Vancouver Police Drug Squad led by the inimitable Abe Snedenko, who had harassed both Neil and MacDonald throughout the years. I just lowered my head and kept playing. No one actually was arrested, but some people, anyone faintly odd looking, were taken upstairs and searched. The next weekend, the official opening, went smoothly and our old audiences from 4th Ave. made the trek to the new home of multi-media in Vancouver.

The Motion Studio itself was a rabbit warren of rooms, somewhat dimly lit, but generally spacious compared to the 4th Ave. Sound Gallery. The entrance room I made into a small gallery where I displayed works I was doing at the Vancouver School of Art, boxes hung on the wall with back-lit mandala patterns that slowly stobed. These were modest, low-tech works influenced by the more sophisticated electric sculptures made during the Intermedia years by Audrey Doray, Gary Lee Nova and Michael Morris.

The next series of rooms were offices and shops largely devoted to sound and light equipment with experiments going on continually under the resident electronic experts, Ken Ryan and Al Hewitt. Following through to the back the visitor came upon the main performance area which was a large hall, about 30' x 60' with a high ceiling. Suspended from the ceiling was the famous cage for composer Gerry Walker made of L-shaped gray industrial metal.

It became both the control for the sound system which was an early version of quadraphonic and a module for the playing of Walker’s own tape compositions. This ‘sound cage’ looked like something from a B-grade sci-fi movie but was in effect a floating command module for his electronic tapes and for the house sound system.

The sound was manipulated around the speakers and the room via a joy stick similar to an airplane control stick. It was reported by Ken Ryan that the same system literally knocked him over when he walked through the convergent point where the sound from the four speakers crossed during a light show at the Kits Theatre where local rock group Uncle Als' Fantastic Sensations played a double bill with the Al Neil Trio.


Poster for the Al Neil Trio (aka Al Neil and His Royal Canadians) and Uncle Al's Fantastic Sensations, Kits Theatre, 1966

Another innovative development from WECO was the 3 tiered projection tower that was built to house the array of projectors which were utilized in the weekend performances by the Al Neil Trio, Gerry Walker and the WECO Dancers. Controlling the battery of projectors on the tower was a keyboard made from photo cells stuck in a strip of foam plastic. When the fingers of the 'player' lifted up, a rheostat brought on the projector. A kaleidoscope of projections shot forth hitting the turning mirror strips interspersed with strobe flashes. In the relatively confined performance room the effect was totally amazing.

The incredibly dense montage of imagery emanating from this battery included Sam Perry's 16mm films, many with imagery suggesting Tantric Buddhist deities, alongside old magic lantern slides, and footage of the Himalayas, all tied together by the liquid projections and film loops. Sam Perry's films have apparently been lost or are otherwise untraceable now. The only footage remaining was included in Stan Fox's documentary film on the Trips Festival.

Two other special effects were debuted that fall, one being the first strobe light in Vancouver. One of the first experiments involved WECO associate Gordon Bell with red, flowing beard and hair performing with a skipping rope under a fast strobe. It was definitely hallucinatory but in an innocent and experimental way sense. Then there were the lengths of mirror hung by wires from the ceiling which turned and caught the light from the projectors spinning fragmented shards of images around the room. The psychedelic trance for one couple was momentarily broken one evening when a length of mirror crashed down beside them, luckily with no ill effects.

Weekend evening performances continued through the fall of 1966, until the tragic suicide of Sam Perry which ended the existence of WECO and Helen Goodwin eventually renamed her dance troupe TheCo. Aside from the regular appearances of the Al Neil Trio the only other event involving music was the evening given by poet Gerry Gilbert reading from Phone Book with Martin Bartlett's music for Seven Distances. This collaboration in many ways pre-figured the type of work which Bartlett and others would carry on at the Western Front seven years later.


Poster from Seven Distances and Phone Book, Motion Studio, with
Martin Bartlett and Gerry Gilbert

On one particularly great evening that fall saw a distinguished member of the Canada Council in the audience. This was David Silcox, who was in Vancouver to see what the Council could do for this newly emerging multi-media collective. The obvious success of the Motion Studio and Sound Gallery which consistently brought out large audiences offered proof of the interest of the public in multi-media performance. Subsequently several meetings were held which determined the eventual creation of the Intermedia Society.

Over the next few months after we abandoned the Motion Studio the Al Neil Trio which had launched the original Sound Gallery evenings, continued to rehearse and perform locally, notably at Simon Fraser University and the University of B.C. Likewise Helen Goodwin’s THeCo dancers stayed together and perfected their particular approach. Visual artists like Gary Lee Nova and Dallas Selman, who had worked with Sam Perry, forged ahead with new paintings, sculptures and installation projects which would come to full fruition in 1968 and 69 with the Intermedia Nights at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The Intermedia Society formed in 1967, a watershed for the future of Vancouver art.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Sound Gallery

In the fall of 1965, I was an aspiring 18 yr.old jazz drummer, who was also a fledgling painter and art student. Having come from a family where my mother, Ferne Cairns, was a concert soprano, who had sung with Nicholas Goldschmidt and John Avison, and my father, Douglas Simpson, a pioneering west coast Modernist architect, my fate was sealed to either choose between the two mediums of music and painting or somehow juggle both of them at the same time. To me this was something akin to choosing between breathing and eating so I decided to try to progress in both forms of expression.






The Al Neil Trio in Rehearsal (Al Neil-piano, Richard Anstey- bass, Gregg Simpson- drums) Photo: Michael deCourcy




Earlier in the year I had made the acquaintance of jazz pianist Al Neil who I had seen play live twice in Vancouver jazz venues and once on CBC television from the Cellar. The Cellar was a legendary club which among other claims to fame had been the place that gave the ground breaking Ornette Coleman Quartet their first concert outside of the U.S. in 1958. It had also featured through the 50's and 60's the groups of Charles Mingus, Art Pepper, Harold Land (with Elmo Hope, Scott LaFaro and Lennie McBrowne) and many more high caliber west coast hard bop bands of the day. Al Neil was often the house pianist for these visiting greats.


Significantly, it was also where future Intermedia Director, Barry Cramer, produced plays such as Krapp's Last Tape and other works by the writers of the Theatre of the Absurd. Vancouver, it seems, has always had a tendency to investigate a mixed media approach to the arts and this has been evident through several decades since Al Neil recorded with the beat poet, Kenneth Patchen, on the Folkways label producing a very well received album entitled Kenneth Patchen Reads Poetry In Canada (With the Alan Neil Quartet).

After an initial introduction to Neil and then wife Marguerite, in their small cottage wedged behind some high rise apartments in the West End, a lifelong relationship began. I was brought to meet Al Neil by one of Vancouver's other legendary figures of the beat era, Curt Lang, a poet and painter who had once been taken by fellow poet, the late Al Purdy to meet Malcolm Lowry at his Dollarton Beach house on the North Shore, not far from the spot where Neil himself landed a decade or more later.

There was an immediate current of excitement as I realized that after abandoning any regular career choices, I might indeed be on the threshold of a unique musical enterprise with Al, and bassist Richard Anstey, who I had been playing with in groups such as the New Dimension Jazz Trio and with pianist, Bob Buckley. Richard, who lived in Vienna until his passing in 2004, was also playing with Al's group at the Flat Five Jazz Club on West Broadway.

Our first musical strategy session was an eye opener. Al was pretty well into his cups the night he hauled out his little electric Wurlizter piano with its fragile reeds, half of which he managed to break while slipping from the piano stool to the floor at least three times. The 'score' for the music he was about to played me consisted of chopped up music paper collaged together with fragments from various popular magazines.

Al was playing a kind of tortured, mystical yet intensely lyrical music I could only describe as a cross between Bud Powell, Edgar Varese and Debussy. I know however that Al hadn’t yet heard the work of a musician he superficially resembles, the tumultuous New York pianist, Cecil Taylor whose music was just beginning to be known in 1965. But Al at this time and had come up with this lyrical, yet cataclysmic, style on his own.

Although an authentic hard bop musician, Neil worked in many other influences from pioneer dadaists like Kurt Schwitters, painters like Bradley Tomlin and Mark Tobey to the cut-up writings of William S. Burroughs, works on alchemy and mysticism, and the fevered visions of the French surrealist, Antonin Artaud. Obviously a multi-media kind of jazz was bound to occur from the collaboration we were embarking on..

For the first two rehearsals the Al Neil Trio was actually a quartet with the presence of alto sax player, Bob Buckley, who went on to fame and fortune with the rock band Spring and later as a producer. But it was the trio of Al on piano, Richard Anstey on bass and myself on drums that emerged.

By late fall of 1965 we were rehearsing regularly at the little store front which eventually opened as the Sound Gallery, a name I contrived to encompass both my two fields of endeavor, which also presaged the era of multi-media that followed.





The Sound Gallery as it is today. (Photo by Gregg Simpson)
















Because I also needed somewhere better to paint than the family home, the studio at 4th and Bayswater became a multi-media operation from the beginning. First I drew from the model there and continued working on a series of abstract oil paintings which reflected the influence of late Modernist geometric painting. The place was unheated and several little electric space heaters were employed to keep things bearable as winter approached.




















Paintings by Gregg Simpson from 1965, the first art installation in the Sound Gallery
























As the little circle of friends who came to the studio expanded there was a movement started to have sessions and everyone chipped in on the rent to keep the place going. Fledgling poet Michael Coutts was a regular, although he like many others who participated in the period, didn't survive the 1960's. Richard Anstey, who lived in the area of the studio also brought in other neighborhood buddies like drummer Harley McConnell, who helped me put together a drum kit for the great drummer, Philly Joe Jones then playing, with mind shattering volume and relentless drive, over at the Flat Five. To this day I credit my contact with Philly Joe as the major influence which formed my playing style although with the Al Neil Trio waiting in the wings this
was one of the last times I played hard bop style jazz until a decade or so later.

Our first recording session was on December 15th, 1965 and the Al Neil Trio played several improvised pieces for a small audience. The music was nothing short of extraordinary, combing snippets of melodies like Summertime, which appeared through waves of arpeggios, polychromatic chord clusters, whirling dervish modal lines and atonal passages. We were still playing jazz we all thought. In Anstey and my case, we were both very recently influenced by the work of the John Coltrane Quartet and of Charles Mingus who we had seen live together at the Blue Horn as the Flat Five Club had been renamed.

Al came down to hear us play with his old band mates from the Cellar, a quintet with pianist Don Thompson, alto sax player, P.J. Perry, trumpeter Ron Probie and tenor player, Glenn MacDonald, but he didn't sit in. I think the other musicians knew we were up to something different though.

In fact a year or two later when Al played some of the trio recordings for bassist/ pianist Thompson, now a Canadian jazz icon, asked him,"Al, how do you get those guys to play that way ?"

This was no easy thing to explain. The Trio had a unique empathy for improvisation not unlike a group like the Bill Evans Trio. Although much more frenzied, it did have some of the interwoven, independent melodic lines of the Evans group. But that was when something like a tune or song form was involved.

What was unique to this group was the way it could move into non-verbal chanting, collaged textures utilizing toy instruments, tapes, records or radios and still keep the feel of a jazz trio. Noise music mixed with political protest was employed on one of a kind pieces like State of the Union where a radio speech by then President Johnson on Viet Nam was smothered in clattering textures and insane shrieking, all recorded in
a totally darkened Sound Gallery. It was a long way from bebop.

In later years, Al liked to perplex other musicians when they asked what all this stuff was and he would say," I like to think I'm still playing jazz”!





Al Neil playing zither and piano, Intermedia, 1968
(Photo: Michael de Courcy)









By the spring of 1966 after a month long hiatus from Al, when Richard Anstey and myself returned from playing an engagement at a Banff hotel. We were back at the old studio and ready to take things up a notch. During the winter I had hit on the name Sound Gallery for the space and as it seemed to be a hit with everyone, we designated it as such for a series of weekend concerts which began in March. Advertising was on a large piece of construction paper hung in the window with stenciled letters advertising: Al Neil and his Royal Canadians represented by some campy collage elements. Admission was by donation as we had been told we could avoid hassles with the authorities that way. The next concert the group became The Royal Rascals and around that time we started to invite others to perform the evening concerts.

The first new participant to arrive at the Sound Gallery was composer Gerry Walker, a new music composer who worked with tape and prepared piano in the era before synthesizers. He shared a studio a few blocks down 4th Ave.with film maker Sam Perry who was to become the guru for multi-media light shows in 1966, the last of his life. The atmosphere in their studio was a little like a laboratory in a 50's sci-fi movie. It was a perfect complement to our operation down the street and a collaboration seemed inevitable and natural.

Almost immediately the Saturday night concerts at the Sound Gallery became a place for poets, artists and dancers to collaborate. Among those who appeared were the Pop artist Gary Lee Nova who had just shown a remarkable set of hexagon paintings at the UBC Fine Arts Gallery and would go on to collaborate with Perry on the making of imagery for the light shows. Soon after we were joined by dancer/choreographer Helen Goodwin who had recently worked with New York-based Jean Erdman, a pioneer performance/ dance artist. The Sound Gallery cast was assembling and it included the Al Neil Trio's music, Sam Perry's films and projections, the Helen Goodwin dancers, Gerry Walker and often a poet.

Poetry was an important medium in the 1960's and readings were given regularly at the Sound Gallery. One notable performance was by Milton Acorn which was a raucous affair as always with the crusty writer. Also in attendance were bill bissett, Gerry Gilbert and Judith Copithorne, the latter also one of Goodwin's dancers. One memorable solo piece, involved Copithorne improvising a dance which evoked flying to one of the Trio's melancholic ballads, with Perry's projected film of an actual flying bird playing over her. It was one of the best pieces in the collective repetoire. Judith stayed with Goodwin for a number of years through the Intermedia period, but later preferred to work solely as a poet and has several books to her credit. Two others in Goodwin's company also became noted performers later, Karen Jameison, and Evelyn Roth, a multi-media pioneer who came to prominence in the 1970's. In addition she employed other modern dancers, notably Heather MacCallum, Rita Watson and Joan Payne.

The spawning ground for both Helen Goodwin, and most of the poets, was the University of British Columbia where the remarkable English professor, Warren Tallman, a friend of both Allen Ginsberg and Charles Mingus among others, taught during the 1960's and 1970's. The group of poets who published the periodical TISH including Jamie Reid, Peter Auxier, Maxine Gadd, and Dan MacLeod. Jim Brown, a poet, noveist and co-founder of Talon Books. Brown showed an early interest in multi-media and put out the 1968 anthology LP, See Hear and bill bissett's Awake in the Red Desert.

Poets like Gerry Gilbert participated in the earliest days of multi-media in Vancouver with films and multi-media readings. The poetry scene was the most advanced and communicative of any of the groups in Vancouver then. The University of British Columbia during the 1960s was a cauldron of contemporary poetry, left wing politics and ground-breaking art exhibitions and festivals. The Fine Arts Gallery, under the direction of Alvin Balkind, who formerly ran the New Design Gallery downtown, the first to show Claude Breeze, Audrey Capel Doray, Joy Long and the late Jack Wise to a wider audience. The dynamic survey exhibition, Joy and Celebration, shown at The Fine Arts Gallery in 1967 brought together several artists who would later work at Intermedia.

The 1965 Armory Show and the 1967 Festival of Contemporary Arts were two other important events which brought together artists, poets and musicians from B.C. and across Canada including such luminaries as Leonard Cohen and Margaret Atwood. The experimental media experimenter and puppeteer Dave Orcutt was one of the figures who emerged from this milieu and was to be an early instigator of the Intermedia Society.

The events at the Sound Gallery were getting increasingly popular and by June we realized that a larger space was going to be necessary. The crowds in the 30' by 60' store front were making it increasingly difficult to fit in the band, dancers and projectionists Perry, Lee Nova and another artist of the period Dallas Selman who, with audio/electronic genius Ken Ryan, worked at Sam Perry's 4th Avenue studio. The problem was solved when Helen Goodwin's husband, a local realtor, came up with a reasonably cheap old building at 1236 Seymour Street on the edge of Vancouver's downtown.


Next Blog will be on the Motion Studio and Trips Festival in 1966.