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Electric Speed

Melissa Mongiat & Mouna Andraos, Rewrite the Year (2011), Electric Speed installation image. Courtesy of the artists.

Mouna Andraos and  Melissa Mongiat, Jeremy Bailey, Will Gil, Jillian Mcdonald, Jon Sasaki
December 2, 2011 to March 31, 2012

Curated by Kate Armstrong and Malcolm Levy

Electric Speed was presented in conjunction with the McLuhan in Europe 2011 initiative celebrating the centennial birth year of Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan, and was the only Canadian presentation of this international project.

According to the late media theorist Marshall McLuhan, speed is of radical effect, having an impact on everything from how we understand notions of centre and how we experience physical space to how our senses operate in an era of communication technology. Through speed, distance contracts, producing a simultaneous global present and the famous concept of the 'global village.' At the same time, our contemporary moment finds a place for the critique of speed and technology, asking what is too fast, and where we might find modes in which to be slow.

Artists in Electric Speed were invited to create work that questions the existence of a simultaneous global culture and examines how accelerated culture affects our experience of time and space. The artworks could be viewed on the Surrey UrbanScreen, as well as previewed at Electric Speed.

Electric Speed Part One

Featured the work Rewrite the Year, by Montreal-based artists Melissa Mongiat and Mouna Andraos
December 2, 2011 to January 15, 2012

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Electric Speed Part Two

Featured the work of Jeremy Bailey, Jillian Mcdonald, Jon Sasaki, and Will Gill
January 28, 2012 to March 31, 2012

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Electric Speed PublicationA publication was produced in connection with the exhibition, co-published by the Surrey Art Gallery and the New Forms Media Society, edited by Kate Armstrong with contributions by Caitlin Jones, Sylvie Parent, Mirjam Struppek, Steve Dietz, Garnet Hertz, Justin Waddell, Greg J. Smith, and The Cedar Tavern Singers AKA Les Phonorealistes.

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Public Talk with Mirjam Struppek

December 2, 2011 at SFU Surrey

Screen installations, public projections, interactive facades and shop windows or networked communication-sculptures have emerged as a recent art form in the urban public space. They are a venue for creating new visual experiences and engaging cultures, as much as they might further the agendas of consumer culture.

Urban screens are a worldwide phenomenon. Once found only in large cities, they now appear in most urban centres. Their digital moving images can contribute to a lively urban society and global community building. But how do urban screens positively engage audiences and contribute to the experience of a civil society? What do they actually contribute to the character of their urban surroundings, and what is their potential for interaction and creating personal or shared experiences?

This presentation on the Growing Global Phenomenon of Urban Screens looked at crucial issues such as rethinking content, ownership, infrastructure and the careful integration in the urban environment. International examples showcased in past Urban Screens and Media Facades festivals were shared as experiments in this field of urban digital culture.

About Mirjam Struppek

Writing about the growing phenomenon of urban screens around the world, Berlin-based urban media researcher Mirjam Struppek states content driven urban screens hold the potential for "building community, sharing experiences, and ultimately, facilitating exchange within our diverse urban societies."

Struppek works internationally as an urbanist, researcher and curator, and is the founder of the International Urban Screens Association and co-initiator of the Media Facades Festivals 2008/2010.

She has been instrumental in building the urban screens community through worldwide events, advocating the use of screens in public spaces for cultural content as well as site specific and interactive screening projects. For more information on Mirjam Struppek, visit Interaction Field.

Conversation with Electric Speed Part Two Artists followed by Part Two Opening Reception and Publication Launch

Saturday, January 28, 2013
Held at the Surrey Urban Screen

Curators Kate Armstrong and Malcolm Levy led artists Jon Sasaki, Jillian Mcdonald, Will Gill and Jeremy Bailey in a dialogue about their work in response to the legacy of Marshall McLuhan, as well as their engagement with public art environments.