The video-audio installation, to be projected on an exterior wall at Chuck Bailey rec centre for the next three months, takes viewers to the underwater world of migrating salmon in the Fraser River.
The exhibit was created by Vancouver-based artists Julie Andreyev and Simon Lysander Overstall, who will give a talk about their work Friday at Centre Stage at City Hall, followed by an opening event a few blocks away at Surrey Urban Screen.
“Salmon People” aims to explore “the intertwined worlds of nonhuman and human animals through videos of survivors of the salmon cycle of life, combined with videos of the Surrey landscape taken from the surrounding waters of the Fraser.”
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Surrey Urban Screen projects art after dark during the fall and winter months. It is billed as Canada’s largest non-commercial outdoor urban screen dedicated to presenting digital and interactive art.
Recent upgrades to the screen’s projection system were made possibly by $189,000 in federal funding announced last February. The funding was matched by the City of Surrey.
Friday’s exhibit-opening events will also include artists Roxanne Charles, Laura Lee Coles, Polly Gibbons and Jay White, along with Surrey’s Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (SHaRP) team. The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. at city hall (13450 104th Ave.); the event at Surrey Urban Screen (13458 107A Ave., on the rec centre’s west wall) will start at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free at both events.
“Salmon People” will be showcased daily until Jan. 31, starting 30 minutes after sunset and ending at midnight. For more details, visit Surreyurbanscreen.ca.