Meet the artists who took up residency in the TechLab to create their digital art projects.


Cindy Mochizuki

Our current artist-in-residence, Cindy Mochizuki will be in our TechLab on Thursdays from 9am to 1pm in July and August. The public is invited to meet Cindy and see her progress on her multimedia installation Autumn Strawberry that brings histories and stories of Japanese Canadian berry farmers from the Lower Mainland to life. The artist will be presenting elements from her film sets, storyboards, past film animations, and conceptual sketches for her final presentation of the exhibit.


Indigenous Contemporary Art Intensive

The Indigenous Contemporary Art Intensive, composed of Alanna Edwards, Naomi Kennedy, Avishka Lakwijaya, Atheana Picha, and Kelsey Sparrow, was a summer pilot program engaging emerging artists with mentoring artists. They grew their practices as artists and as cultural workers, informed future Gallery initiatives, and created video artworks for Surrey Art Gallery’s UrbanScreen.


Sylvia Grace Borda - Field Studies Residency

The artist worked throughout the summer doing visual research on south of the Fraser agriculture, preparing for her presentations in the Figuring Ground exhibition in the Gallery and the Aerial Fields exhibition on UrbanScreen.


Ruth Scheuing: Silkroads

Ruth Scheuing's residency and exhibition project Silkroads examined the myths and metaphors of the Silk Road. Working with digital maps and images, ancient textile patterns, and a programmable jacquard loom, Scheuing created intricately designed woven blankets. Visitors were invited to drop by and converse with the artist.


John Wynne

This London-based Canadian artist created the site-specific sound installation Wireframe during his residency.

2008 - 2009

Glocal: your world in motion

The TechLab was transformed into an artist's production studio for the development of this interactive, digital public art project, led by the artist team of M. Simon Levin, Jer Thorp and Sylvia Grace Borda.

Over the course of the year, the team developed educational workshops and toolkits to enable the presentation of thousands of digital artworks created by Surrey youth and contributions from participants from around the world. Glocal was one of the Cultural Capitals of Canada initiatives.


Reva Stone

For the duration of her exhibition Imaginal Expression, Reva Stone used the TechLab as a studio space as she continued to develop her project exploring a form of artificial intelligence. This project combines voice and face recognition software, video capture, and graphics to create a work that appears to have sentience. Visitors were invited to drop by and converse with the artist.



During summer 2005, the TechLab was used as a studio by a collaborative team of youth and digital artists to create REMIXX.sur.RE


Diana Burgoyne

During her Sound Drawing exhibit, the artist used the TechLab to continue research and development of her electronic light drawing project.


M.Simon Levin

The artist used GPS technology to create drawings of conversations that record stories of the Fraser River in the exhibit C.H.A.R.T.


Kate Armstrong

The artist produced an interactive website for her Catalogue exhibit that explores the mechanical and cultural forms that stem from online shopping.


Carlos Vela-Martinez

Telerobotics technology research, supported by the Canada Council New Media Residency program.


Archer Pechawis

Digital video sampling technology research, supported by the Canada Council New Media Residency program.


Paul Williams: Untold Tales! Virtually Reality!

A web-based project that explored the relationship between analog and digital worlds.