*False Creek, a tidal body of water, once had an abundance of with aquatic life, until it was heavily industrialized after
colonisation and until very recently was heavily polluted. Aquatic birds and sealife are starting to make a comeback though
still in relatively low numbers. This is reflected in the live stream of Surface that often functions as an abstract mix of colours
and impressions, sometimes tiny organisms, or crustaceans or fish swim by.
Once teaming with aquatic life, this body of water is showing recovery with an influx of species, but at a time when our
oceans are vulnerable to changes in temperature and oxygen levels. The future of the underwater environment and what is
manifest on the screen is wholly dependent on us: our collective historic and present activities.
A Montreal company called Moment Factory, who designed the software and controlled the interactive systems for Nine Inch Nails
live shows among others, produced the software system for Bowie's project.
Surface> was commissioned by the City of Vancouver, under the project section Marking and Mapping, through its Olympic
and Paralympic Public Art Program for 2010, where artists were invited to propose projects based on sites of their own choosing.