Interactive art demo Thursday at Surrey’s UrbanScreen

SURREY — People are encouraged to bring a mobile device to UrbanScreen for an after-dark interactive art demo. 

Starting at 8:30 p.m., such a device can activate the Longing and Forgetting artwork characters to climb, leap and maneuver on the wall of Chuck Bailey rec centre, 13458 107A Ave.

The artists who created the work – Matthew Gingold, Thecla Schiphorst and Philippe Pasquier – will be on hand for the demo.

Longing and Forgetting runs as a generative video from Jan. 24 to May 11, and the interactive artwork, where mobile devices control the characters’ movement, will be demonstrated on April 24. This is a free public event; Pasquier will provide live music, and refreshments will be served. 

The artwork is an outcome of research that explores how movement can be used more expressively and intelligently within interactive technologies.

Imagined by artists and built by the City of Surrey, UrbanScreen is billed as Canada’s largest non-commercial outdoor urban screen dedicated to presenting digital and interactive art, as a satellite venue of Surrey Art Gallery. Exhibitions begin 30 minutes after sunset, and end at midnight.

More information about UrbanScreen is available at

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