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Performance and Video Art
Series · ca. 1950-2017, predominate 1974-2000
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

Series consists of materials pertaining to Dragu’s performance art and video art, including her work as a dancer, choreographer, and actor. Records in this series include correspondence, photographs, performance programs, articles and reviews, press releases, ephemera, and other supporting documents related to the Dragu’s many exhibitions and performances. This series also consists of copies of Dragu’s video art and performance recordings. Video recordings of performances are available; a full media inventory is available on site.

Writing and Exhibitions
CA SVE SD-04 · Series · 1979 - 2014
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Series consists of records pertaining to writing and exhibitions both produced by and featuring Sara Diamond’s work. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Diamond’s writing was published extensively in Canada. Major topics include labour history in B.C., media art criticism, the anti-censorship movement, and artist-run centre culture in Canada. Throughout this, she curated screenings and exhibitions and produced exhibition essays.

Series also consists of writings about Diamond’s career, and exhibition catalogues for shows her work appeared in.

The series is divided into two subseries:
Textual and photographic records
Audiovisual materials

Sara Diamond
Photography
Series · 1978-2012
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

Series consists of photographs pertaining to the life and work of the creator. They depict the Dragu, her friends and family, performances, and everyday aspects of her life. These are photographs not already part of an existing series or subseries. They are a mix of colour and black-and-white.

Press/Publicity
Series · 1975-2012
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

Series consists of materials related to the promotion or evaluation of Dragu's work. This includes event posters, pamphlets, program guides, press releases, and newspaper clippings.

Personal Records
Series · 1950-2012, predominate 1978-2012
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

Series consists of personal materials pertaining to the life and work of the creator. Contents include birth, marriage, and school records from Dragu’s childhood; contracts and “business” records related to some shows; certificates and other papers linked to Dragu’s work as a fitness trainer; awards-related records (including records pertaining to the Governor General’s Award); and personal correspondence. Series also includes several home videos. This series also includes several home movies by Dragu; these items are listed in a full media inventory that is available on site.

Code Zebra
CA SVE SD-03 · Series · 2000 - 2008
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Series consists of records pertaining to the new media project Code Zebra. Code Zebra was a multi-layered project which Diamond produced as a co-production with BNMI between 2001 - 2004. It investigated visual representation of relationships and social interactions. Elements of the project included performances, exhibitions, workshops, games, fashion shows, and software development. It included the performance series “Habituation Cages,” in which notable artists and scientists would spend 24 hours locked in a monitored room, with all their conversations and actions recorded. Much of the activity was documented on and explored within the interactive website codezebra.net.

The series is divided into two subseries:

  1. Textual and photographic records
  2. Audiovisual materials
Sara Diamond
Writing/Drawing
Series · ca. 1967-2006, predominate 1987-2001
Part of Margaret Dragu fonds

Series consists of materials pertaining to Dragu’s work as a writer of poetry, fiction, non-fiction (including personal essays), and chapbooks, as well as some of her drawings. These materials include writing drafts, reviews of her books, copies of pieces written for various publications, press releases and publicity related to her books, and a large number of chapbooks (which feature a mix of creative writing, drawings, and collage). There are also drawings, including comic strips, made by Dragu.

The Banff Centre
CA SVE SD-06 · Series · 1992 - 2005
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Series consists of records pertaining to Diamond's time working at The Banff Institute between 1992 - 2005. In 1992, she was appointed director of the Television and Video Program at Banff. Diamond later led the creation of the Banff New Media Institute (BNMI), which she was the director of from 1995 - 2005. During her time at the BNMI, she oversaw extensive programming of institutes, conferences, recurring workshops, and annual exhibitions. With Sarah Cook, Diamond co-edited the book “Euphoria & Dystopia,” documenting the history of the BNMI and the events which moved through the space. Diamond also produced an unpublished manuscript titled “Flesh Eating Technologies,” containing work presented at a conference of the same title which occurred at the BNMI.

Sara Diamond
Videos and installations
CA SVE SD-02 · Series · 1980 - 2001
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Series consists of records pertaining to Diamond’s video art production unrelated to The Women’s Labour History Project. Diamond’s art practice heavily incorporates elements of docudrama and memoir. Collectively, this work has been broadly screened and collected by galleries and museums. Diamond's artistic career was the subject of a retrospective at The National Gallery of Canada in 1992.

The series is divided into two subseries:

Textual and photographic records
Audiovisual materials

Sara Diamond
Administration and Finances
CA SVE FNVC-01 · Series · 1990-1999
Part of First Nations Video Collective fonds

Series consists of meeting minutes, grant applications and packages, mission statements, financial records, and goal setting vision documents created over the course of FNVC's existence.

Special Projects
CA SVE FNVC-04 · Series · 1992-1996
Part of First Nations Video Collective fonds

Series consists of records emerging from specific programs and projects executed by the FNVC including program schedules, planning materials, applications, and promotional ephemera. Some projects produced photographic and audiovisual materials.

Teaching
CA SVE SD-05 · Series · 1983 - 1996
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Series consists of records pertaining to Diamond's work as an arts educator. Diamond was employed by the Capilano College Labour Studies Programme between 1983 - 1990, and later worked at Emily Carr University between 1986 - 1992.

Materials primarily consists of background research for courses taught, and copies of assigned readings.

Sara Diamond
CA SVE SD-01 · Series · 1974 - 1996
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Series consists of records pertaining to the Women's Labour History Project (WLHP) and videos that Diamond produced as part of this project.

The Women’s Labour History Project, 1978-1995, was a non-profit society founded and led by Sara Diamond which undertook a wide variety of documentation and artistic activities. Focusing on the role of women in labour history in British Columbia from the 1920s forward, the WLHP was committed to uncovering the historical roles women played within labour organizations and working-class communities. Its initial form was an audio oral history project started by Diamond during her undergraduate time at Simon Fraser University in 1978. Initial activities included the creation of an annotated bibliography of resources on women’s labour located in B.C. archive, and expanding the oral history project to include video interviews. Diamond also produced an unpublished manuscript based on this research, titled “Chambermaids and Whistlepunks.”

In the late 1980s, Diamond started producing a series of videos which built off of and re-mixed material from the existing Women’s Labour History Project’s activities. During this period, Diamond was known for her creative and experimental approaches to video, combining traditional documentary treatments, docudrama, and archival images. The WLHP undertook other educational efforts during this time including media installations and the publication of discussion guides to accompany some videos.

The series is divided into two subseries:
Textual and photographic records
Audiovisual materials

Sara Diamond
Political activities
CA SVE SD-07 · Series · Aprox. 1970 - 1995
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Series consists of materials pertaining to Diamond’s political activities outside of her work with the labour movement. This includes the feminist movement, Gay liberation, and solidarity actions. The bulk of the records pertain to Diamond's work with the Revolutionary Workers League in the 1970s. The RWL was formed in 1977 through the fusion of two Canadian-based Trorskyist parties, the Revolutionary Marxist Group and Groupe Marxiste Revolutionnaire. Diamond was active in organizing within the group until her resignation over the lack of engagement from the RWL to the concerns of the Gay Liberation movement.

Other activities present in the records include Bread & Roses, Amelia Productions, the first Canadian Lesbian Conference, Jews Against Zionism, and efforts to save the Vancouver Transition House. More records connected to Diamonds political activities can be found in series 04: Writings and Exhibitions.

Sara Diamond
Celebration '90 Gay Games
CA SVE MAM-MAM-GG · Series · 1990
Part of Mary Anne McEwen fonds

The series consists of moving images, textual records, and graphic materials from Mary Anne McEwen's documentation of The Gay Games 1990, held in Vancouver, B.C from August 4 through August 11th, 1990. McEwen production company, Forward Focus Productions, was the official videographer for the games.

Collected materials
CA SVE SD-08 · Series · Aprox. 1969 - 1989
Part of Sara Diamond fonds

Series consists of publications collected by Diamond, primarily consisting of pamphlets, newsletters, journals, magazines, bulletins, and newspaper issues. The presence of titles vary in range from multi-year runs to single issues. Primary topics include social movements of the 1970s and 1980s (including the socialist movement, the labour movement, feminism and women’s liberation, and the gay and lesbian movement), video and art theory, and current topics in the Canadian art world.

This series is a useful research collection for exploring and contextualizing the themes and political thought that Diamond was engaging with. As well, it contains issues of publications that Diamond’s writing was published in.

Sara Diamond
SVES Documentation
CA SVE 02 · Series · 1973 - onwards
Part of Satellite Video Exchange Society fonds

This series consists of documentation produced by staff and volunteers at the SVES (later called Video Inn, Video In, and VIVO), from its founding in 1973 – current day. Videos from the 1970s primarily consists of informal events, including parties, dinners, and installations. Videos from the 1980s onwards primarily consists of documentation of organized events, including video screenings, workshops, lectures, artists talks, panels, and installations.

There is significant documentation of Signal + Noise, a multimedia festival organized by VIVO which ran between 2001 – 2011.

There is also documentation of other panels and political events in Vancouver. Notable events documented include: a symposium on “AIDS and Trade Unions” from the late-1980s; panels on gentrification and housing justice organized by The Mainlander in the mid-2000s; and the “Evening News,” a series of forums about political resistance to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Audio cassettes primarily document interviews and artist talks from the early-mid 1990s.

35mm slides primarily document parties, collective meetings, and art shows in the 1970s.

For a full inventory of tapes and material in this series, contact the archivist.