Subseries - The Lull Before the Storm

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The Lull Before the Storm

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  • Multiple media

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  • 1989 - 1991 (Creation)
    Sara Diamond

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1.25 m of textual records, graphic records, photographs, and other material

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(1954 -)

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Dr. Sara Diamond is currently President of OCAD University (2018). Diamond holds a PhD in Computing, Information Technology and Engineering from the University of East London, a Master’s in Digital Media theory from the University of the Arts London and an Honour’s Bachelor of Arts in History and Communications from Simon Fraser University. She is an appointee of the Order of Ontario and the Royal Canadian Society of Artists; and also a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. During her tenure, OCAD U has taken a leadership role in digital media, design research, and curriculum, through the Digital Futures Initiative. Diamond also played a leading role in OCAD University’s establishment of the Indigenous Visual Culture program.

Diamond was hugely influential in the B.C. labour, feminist, LGBTQ2S and independent video movement from the mid-1970s through the mid 1990s. She was an innovator and influencer in Vancouver’s cultural and academic communities as a solo artist, curator educator (ECUAD, VIVO Media Arts Centre), and as co-founder of Amelia Productions and founder of the Women’s Labour History Project.

Diamond worked at VIVO Media Arts Centre for over a decade (from the early 1980s) spearheading exhibition and education programs for women, inspiring more to engage with the radical potential of the medium. She mentored women in arts administration, curation, media criticism, and production at VIVO as well as in her independent practice.

Diamond’s personal artworks are held by the Art Bank (Ottawa),Museum of Modern Art (NYC), and the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa). In 1992, Diamond was honoured with a retrospective exhibition and catalogue at the National Gallery of Canada, following a retrospective at the 1991 IMAGES Festival in Toronto and a solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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Materials in this subseries relates to Diamond's four part video series The Lull Before The Storm. The video series consists of a series of two dramatized videos: "The Forties" and "The Fifties;" and a series of two documentaries: "Women of Wood" and "Community Acts."

Video description from Video Out: “This 4 part series (each segment is 48 minutes long) examines the changing roles of women in post-war British Columbia, and the transitions that were taking place in the family, the media and the workforce at the time.
Part 1 "The Forties” and 2 “The Fifties” explore the histories of working-class women and men in post-war transition. Parts 1 and 2 use the vehicle of a voice narrator, typical of advertising, documentary and dramatic narrative of the time, to orchestrate and speak the contradictory ‘wisdom’ of the era concerning women’s ideal position within society. It refers the viewer to the unresolved story of Dorothy, George and Bobby Sanderson, three individuals trapped within the messages and demands of their epoch.
Parts 3 and 4 “Women in Woods” and “Community Acts” uses the oral histories of the wives of BC wood and millworkers, as well as that of women working in the wood industry. Using a documentary format, these sequences stress the important role of rural women in family and community life, and the critical role of women’s activism in British Columbia.”

Materials include: editing logs; original photographs of the production; transcripts of interviews; drafts of the script; files on actors in the film; files on oral history participants featured in the film; notes on rehearsals; release forms; promotional materials;and copies of an instructional guide for educators. There are also research files for the project, and a related index.

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