Elizabeth Vander Zaag

Elizabeth Vander Zaag was born in Alliston, Ontario. She relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1974 where she continued working in video after creating a cable television show at the University of Western Ontario where she graduated with a BA in 1973.

In 2007 she completed her masters degree at the University of British Columbia in Interdisciplinary Studies, combining research in linguistics and HCI to further her understanding of the academic context of her interactive speech installations. As part of her graduate thesis she produced an interactive video installation entitled Speaking Mother Tongues.

Recent exhibitions have primarily featured early videos. The
Digit series from the 70’s was shown in the Gina Show retrospective at the Or Gallery, 2010, and at the Video In and the Surrey Art Gallery, 2009. A major retrospective of her digital work was exhibited at Video In in 2006 by On Edge Productions.

Elizabeth’s work in early digital sensibilities and technologies are her main contributions to the video medium. She has won numerous awards and exhibited in Asia, Australia, South America, Europe and North America. Her interactive speech installation entitled
Talk Nice was produced at the Banff Centre in 2000 and pioneered the agency of emotion in interactive work.

Her early CD-ROM,
Whispering Pines, was produced as a Director project in the mid 90’s and is almost impossible to view unless an old Mac is obtained. As our storage mediums change more and more quickly it is quite possible that at some time in the future her work will only exist at her distributors, Video Out and V-Tape.

Elizabeth is currently not represented by a gallery. A current project, entitled
Home, is her first project in HD technology and is a non interactive poem.

Artist Code: 001


Speaking Mother Tongues

2007, 25:00 minutes, colour, English

Schubert's Sonata Bb Major

1993, 06:30 minutes, colour

Kids In China

1990, 14:53 minutes, English

Farm Fantasy

1989, 04:52 minutes, colour, English

Hot Chicks On T.V.

1986, 06:30 minutes, colour, English


1985, 04:00 minutes, colour, English

Hearts Beat

1985, 08:00 minutes, colour, English

Red Notion

1985, 03:50 minutes, colour, English

Baby Eyes

1983, 02:57 minutes, colour, English


1982, 12:00 minutes, colour, English

Through The Holes

1982, 03:00 minutes, colour, English

D/A Converter

1980, 30:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Wide Impact
by Deirdre Hanna. NOW, Apr. 12, 2001, v. 20, no. 32.
The Alternative Interactivity Blues
by George Lewis. Front, Nov. 1995.
Of Monitors and Men and Other Unsolved Feminist mysteries: Video...
by Nell Tenhaaf. Critical issues in Eletrocnic Media, 1995. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1995.
Visual Arts
by Unknown. Vancouver Sun, Apr. 25, 1991.
Hot Tramp, I Love You So!: Rebel Girls: A Survey of Canadian...
by Christine Conley. Fuse, Fall 1989, v. 13, no. 1 & 2.
Individuals: New Video From Canada
by Peggy Gale. Aspetti e Tendenze della Ricerca Video Canadese, 1989. Ferrara: Ferrara: Centro Video Arte, 1989.
aspetti e tendenze della ricerca video canadese
by Lola Bonora. Ferrara: Centro Video Arte Ferrara, 1989.
Through Her Eyes
by Leila Marshy. Cinema Canada, Sept. 1987, no. 144.
Artropolis Video
by Elizabeth Vander Zaag. Artropolis, 1987.
New Tapes
by Brendan Cotter and Kim Tomczak. Video News, 1986.
Everyday Events
by Karen Knights. Video Guide, 1986, v. 8, no. 1.
Winnipeg Perspective 1985 Video
by Shirley Madill. The Winnipeg Perspective, 1985. Winnipeg: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1985.
Video Works: Western Front Video
by Karen Knights. Video Guide, 1985, v. 8, no. 1.
Snafus Snip Video Perspective
by Randal McIlroy. Winnipeg Free Press, Mar. 2, 1985.
Going Public - three evenings of videotapes by women
by Unknown. Going Public - three evenings of videotapes by women, 1984.
Through the Holes: Structuring a Passage for Meaning
by Pat Wilson. Fuse, July Summer 1984, v. 8, no. 1 & 2.
Canada (cont.)
by Unknown. Video 84, 1984.
Going Public - Three Evenings of Videotapes by Women
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: N/A, 1984.