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.


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


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

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: An Illustrated Chronology


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.