May/June Events at the Surrey Arts Centre

Do you love arts? Looking for some engaging and creative family activities? There’s tons of stuff happening for the whole family at your Surrey Arts Centre and Surrey Art Gallery this May/June. We’ve highlighted some of them below. See the May/June 2012 calendar of events for more!

Bbboyizm Dance Company Presents: IZM, Part of Surrey’s Youth Week events

May 2, 7:30pm

As an art form dance can be impressive but expression is its fundamental nature.” —Crazy Smooth

BboyIZMDance to express! Not to impress. Bbboyizm Dance Company takes this motto to heart with IZM, a street dance performance featuring some of Canada’s most talented dancers. Choreographer and dancer Crazy Smooth pushes the envelope of street dance tradition with hiphop, rocking and b-boying, showing audiences that hip hop is a dynamic force in dance today. Reaching below the surface where emotions live, Crazy Smooth and his dancers hold nothing back! Part of Surrey’s Youth Week events, Surrey Arts Centre presents IZM on May 2 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm in the Main Stage.

Chime in at the post-show chat, hosted by Crazy Smooth and all the dancers. Who’s got the first question?

Dancers include Bourik, Chilly, Crazy Smooth, Melly Mel, Lost Child, Dirty D, N.O.S.B., Strife, Zepol Rock, and Soul Step.

Tickets: $20
Box Office: 604-501-5566 | | 13750–88 Avenue

Bboyizm Dance Company’s goal is to promote and preserve the foundation of all street dances. The company’s artistic philosophy is based on the idea that a dancer’s self-expression is paramount. If one is truly expressing oneself, their dance will most definitely be impressive.

Choreographer-dancer Yvon Soglo (B-boy Crazy Smooth) is one of Canada’s top street dancers. Mostly self-taught, Smooth’s passion and respect for the history of the art form has led him to study with some of New York’s foremost street dancers. He has been an instructor for acrobats from Cirque du Soleil, performed at the Nancy Jazz Festival in France, and was awarded Most Valuable B-boy at the annual Kings of NY Competition in 2006. Smooth’s ongoing involvement in dance led to him being a keynote speaker at the United Nations Youth Conference in Edmonton in 2007. Founder of Bboyizm Dance Company, Smooth’s never-ending mission is to elevate and carry on the tradition of street dance culture in the world of performing arts.

Lighting design by Valerie Gomes; Stage management by Julie Benoit; Music mixed by Dp One; Technical direction by Yves Soglo.


The Different Worlds of Cao Fei: Critics Talk with Alice Ming Wai Jim

May 12, 2pm

Cao Fei CityPlanningHow has China’s astoundingly rapid modernization affected the lives, experiences, and imaginations of artists in China? Are the issues that Cao Fei – one of China’s acclaimed 21st century generation of artists – addresses and the way in which she addresses them, representative of young artists in China today? Montreal-based art critic and curator, Alice Ming Wai Jim will discuss the work of Cao Fei in the context of contemporary new media art from China on Saturday, May 12 at 2pm at the Surrey Art Gallery. The Different Worlds of Cao Fei is presented in conjunction with the Gallery’s exhibition Cao Fei: Simulus. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted.

Our computer age has produced many online, interactive parallel worlds. This talk examines Cao Fei’s RMB City Planning and Apocalypse Tomorrow in relation to the numerous artworks, interactive exhibitions, and events that her art in the simulated online environment known as Second Life has spawned over the last three years. Officially opened to the public in 2009, RMB City (2008-2011) is arguably the most widely acclaimed Second Life art project, in both the Second Life and Real Life art worlds. From platform to surfing game, Cao Fei’s project speaks to an expanding cultural brokerage between the art world and virtual economies as well as the role gaming and social media play in questioning these developments.

Alice Ming Wai Jim is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at Concordia University, Montreal. She was Curator of the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Centre A) from 2003 to 2006. Her main fields of research are in contemporary Asian art and Asian Canadian art with a particular interest in recent media art, theories of representation, and the relationship between remix culture and place identity.

In the exhibition Cao Fei: Simulus, visitors are able to experience an interactive game environment, and two videos constructed from events that have taken place in Second Life. In these works, China’s dynamic new urban landscapes are re-imagined and used to inform a future threatened by uncertain ecological transformation.

Both the talk and exhibition are presented as part of Yellow Signal: New Media in China, which takes place in various venues throughout Metro Vancouver between now and September.


Call for Entries: ARTS 2012 – A Juried Exhibition of Visual Art

Deadline for entry forms: May 18, 4pm

ARTS 2012Arts Council of Surrey invites established and emerging artists to enter its 28th annual juried exhibition of visual art. ARTS 2012, featuring new artworks ranging from traditional paintings to digital technology, takes place at the Surrey Art Gallery from June 23 to August 19. The submission deadline for entry forms is Friday, May 18 at 4pm. The entry form is available at (Surrey Art Gallery/Opportunities). Questions and/or comments? Contact the Arts Council of Surrey at 604-594-2700 or

Artworks are recognized for awards in five categories: Painting–Works on Canvas; Painting–Works on Paper; Drawing, Mixed Media & Printmaking; 3-D Works and Fibre Arts; and Photography & New Media. Cash awards in each category range from $25 to $150. Additionally, a People’s Choice award is presented at the conclusion of the exhibition.

Arts Council of Surrey welcomes entries from residents of Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Delta and Richmond. Artists from outside these areas are also encouraged to enter; they need to be either a member of a club that belongs to the Arts Council of Surrey, or an individual member. To encourage applications by post-secondary art students, the membership requirement is waived with a copy of a valid student ID accompanying the entry form.


Alex Grünenfelder: Audio Migration

Continues to August 19

Alex Grünenfelder: Audio MigrationThe hidden, the repressed, the lost, the invisible, and the inaudible are explored in Open Sound 2012, an exhibition at the Surrey Art Gallery. The newest installment is a sound installation by Alex Grünenfelder, situated in the enclosed, yet open air space of the Gallery’s courtyard. The artwork, Audio Migration, uses field recordings of local birds, human speech, and other activities on either side of the nature and culture divide to explore the formal and conceptual similarities, differences, and interactions between human and non-human life. Audio Migration continues to August 19. Admission is by donation.

Alex Grünenfelder weaves together multiple recordings of various natural and cultural spaces, including both meaningful and nonsensical human utterances and bird song (native to the lower mainland) to create a slowly changing soundscape that explores the complex ways in which nature and culture, human and non-human, intertwine. The listener is transported to a space where sounds lose their habitual meanings, become pure auditory events, and then come to mean something else.

Alex Grünenfelder pursues a creative practice that combines the project development methods of the graphic design industry with the critical discourse and dialogical goals of the liberal arts. His academic history includes studies in philosophy at McGill University, and fine art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He has been working in the field of graphic design since 2000 with a focus on the arts, environmental, and not-for-profit sectors. He is a co-founder and director of the Vancouver Design Nerds Society, an organization that facilitates discussion and collaboration between designers, artists and the public. His artwork explores the power of media to shape the perception of environments.

Audio Migration is part of a year-long exhibition that is guest curated by Ross Birdwise. In keeping with this year’s theme – On Air, Underground: Making The Inaudible Audible – each artwork will give expression to voiceless and sometimes intangible things. The artists (in order of appearance) are Kristen Roos, Alex Grünenfelder, and Christina Kubisch.

Open Sound is an exhibition program developed in 2008 to support the production and presentation of audio art forms as part of contemporary art practice. Open Sound seeks to feature the leading edge of audio art, and has included site specific installation, radio experiments, ecological practices, and other investigations into the limits of sound today.

Concurrent to the second installment of Open Sound 2012, Surrey Art Gallery is presenting Vision Machine: Marianne Nicolson and Etienne Zack, and Cao Fei: Simulus – both continue to June 10.

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