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REMIXX.sur.RE

Surrey youth present videos, animation, and still photos of Surrey's landscapes & communities.

This exhibition is the most inclusive and innovative youth new media exhibition yet attempted in Canada.

REMIXX.sur.RE is images, sound, interaction, and software. The exhibit uses 700 digital photos, 30 digital video and animation clips, text in five languages, six customized songs, and 260 audio clips created by Surrey youth. Its custom-built software engine was designed to produce hundreds of thousands of sound and image compositions from this database. These “remixes” are interactive. They are generated live, on the fly, activated by the movement of visitors. In effect, REMIXX.sur.RE personalizes every visitor’s visual and audio experience. The exhibition is an extraordinary expression of diverse youth visions of the people and places of Surrey. It is an example of youth’s sophisticated engagement with technology, and demonstrates technology’s capacity to reveal a new reality created by technology.

The exhibit includes digital content created by 96 youth from all of Surrey’s communities. The exhibition production team (two youth digital art interns, a project coordinator, a collective of volunteer “documentary correspondents,” and five mentoring artists skilled in media arts and technology) configured not only the presentation of the exhibition, but also its system of operation. The project was built during the past summer, in the Gallery’s TechLab. This space, purposed as the youth’s digital media studio, became a hub of training, conversations, computers, conversation, emails, animating and coding (and some drawing and painting on the walls).

Participants: Surrey youth working with Sylvia Grace Borda, M. Simon Levin, Leonard J. Paul, Jer Thorp, and Henry Tsang. Additional contributions by Maimoona Ahmed, David Chen, and Fiona Lemon.

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Image credit: Installation view of REMIXX.sur.RE at Surrey Art Gallery.