Founding of the Western Front, Vancouver

The Western Front is an artist-run center located in Vancouver, Canada. It is founded by eight artists who want to create a space for the exploration and creation of new art forms. It quickly becomes a center for poets, dancers, musicians, and visual artists interested in exploration and interdisciplinary practices. Many of the Western Front’s early works reflect this interdisciplinary ethos, with early influences of Duchampian and Fluxus-based investigations into mail art, telecommunications art, live electronic music, video, and performance art. In 1973, Western Front helps to organize the “Matrix International Video Conference,” the first international video conference.