Sammy Chien is based in Vancouver, B.C, Canada, which is an unceded Coast Salish Territory. This includes the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations on whose land we live, work, play.

Sammy is currently in Vancouver.


Sammy Chien (Chimerik) is a Taipei born, Vancouver based first generation Taiwanese-Canadian immigrant and queer artist-of-colour (He/She/They). He is an interdisciplinary artist, director, performer, researcher and mentor who works with film, sound art, new media, performance, movement, dance, theatre and spiritual practice. He has studied film (BFA Honours) at Simon Fraser University and developed an expertise in electroacoustic music and digital technology in performance environment. After learning real-time performance softwares from Troika Ranch (NYC/Berlin) he continues his deep interest in interdisciplinary collaborations and forges deep connections between image, sound, and movement. He has collaborated visually, aurally and conceptually in numerous multi-disciplinary projects which have exhibited across Canada, Western Europe, and Asia including Centre Pompidou(Paris), Museum of Contemporary Arts Taipei, National Centre for the Performing Arts(Beijing),  Hellerau: European Centre for the Arts Dresden. His recent collaboration with Beijing Modern Dance Company includes working with artists such as Wong Kar Wai’s Cinematographer Christopher Doyle, the Father of Rock in China Cui Jian and having lunch with Ai Wei Wei. Sammy has also been involved in research or mentorship in projects that focus on the integration between art, science, technology and spirituality as well as engaging with various community groups such as social activists, poverty survivors, mental health, spiritual healing, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ2+, indigenous, multicultural background, QTBIPOC and youths. Sammy has been featured on magazines, TV and commercial such as Discorder, Keedan, CBC Arts and BenQ. Sammy is the official instructor of Isadora (one of the few people with this qualification in Canada) and Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Chimerik似不像 collective.

My Practice

Media Arts
Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Projection Design
Live Visual/VJ
Sound Design
Electroacoustic Music
Live Audiovisual
Public Speaking
Community Engagement

Detailed Biography

Sammy is the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Chimerik似不像 collective which have participated and created large scale new media performance projects in Asia including the official opening show for Taichung Light Festival with more than 30,000 audiences and over 19 shows in the outdoor historical site with projection mapping on balloons and water-stage on a lake. They’ve participated various festivals such as Digital Arts Festival of Taipei 2012 and Taipei World Design Expo 2011 also worked with corporations such as Microsoft. Sammy is also the official selected mentor of Isadora and have completed two intensive one-on-one mentorship with the creator of the software, and have done new media/audiovisual tech from small independent theatre to large corporations such as Google. After studying with the Canadian-pioneer of computer music Barry Truax, his sound work with Chia Wei Hsu has been exhibited in major international museums such as  Reina Sofia National Museum (Madrid) and Centre Georges Pompidou(Paris). His deep interest in dance has also miraculously lead him to dance on stage with dancers from companies such as Wen Wei Dance and Compagnie Marie Chouinard. In 2013, Sammy completed a deep collaboration and major production with the Beijing Modern Dance Company to premiere a new work for the 100th Anniversary of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring 十月春之祭 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts of China(國家大劇院) with a 3 weeks research travel and 2 month residency and production, working with artists such as Wong Kar Wai(王家衛)’s  Cinematographer Christopher Doyle(杜可風), Zhang Yimou(張藝謀)’s production designer Gao Guangjian(高廣健), the Father of Rock in China Cui Jian(崔健) and having lunch with Ai Wei Wei(艾未未). In 2015, Sammy was commissioned as the media artist/researcher for Migrant Bodies Project: two-year international research project supported by the Culture Programme of European Union to investigate on the context of migration through the lens of contemporary arts, presented in Operaestate Festival Veneto 2015 in Italy. In late 2016, Sammy has just completed touring major cities in Canada with the piece Made In China, a co-creation interdisciplinary work with Wen Wei Dance, a 3 year development project integrating both sound, video, new media technology and movement with personal memories and socio-political and intercultural context. Sammy has recently co-received the New Chapter grant, one of the largest funding in the history from Canada Council for the Arts, the project runs ’til 2019. Sammy also received Research and Creation grant from Canada Council for the Arts under the Dance sector, to continue an ongoing research solo project W(e)aves, which featured as work-in-progress in Experimental Ink at MOA (Museum of Anthropology) November 2017, the work will continue through 2018. Sammy recently completed an artist-in-residency at the El Graner (Centre For Creation of the Body and Movement) in Barcelona, planning a 2 year project with El Graner, Mira Festival (Barcelona) and Fly Global (Taipei). Sammy is currently a Board Adviser for LIVE International Performance Art Biennale and Recorded Movement Society; Board of Director for Core Artist Live Work Co-Operative and Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society

Sammy also have great passion for community engagement, in which he does work and mentorship for marginalized groups such as low-income residents, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ2+, indigenous and youths (including: Queer Arts Festival, MOMENTUM Youth Arts Festival, IGNITE! Youth-driven Arts Festival, Vancouver Biennale, Heart of the City Festival, Family Fuse, Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival, Your Kontinent Digital Carnival Festival)

Festival Appearances:

Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympia, Museum of Anthropology’s Celebration of Creativity, Victoria’s Fringe Festival 2008, New Form Festival 2008, 2010 & 2014, Dancing on the Edge Festival 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011, Vancouver Art Gallery’s Fuse 2008, Vancouver New Music’s Theatre For the Ears: Audio/Visualization, SadMag Live, OCW Mag, Victoria Fringe Festival 2008, Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympia, RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES PARIS/ BERLIN/ MADRID – New cinema and contemporary art – FILM AND VIDEO SCREENING: Reina Sofia National Museum (Madrid), Centre Pompidou(Paris), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Taipei World Design Expo 2011, DOXA Film Festival 2012, Subtle Technology Festival 2012 (Toronoto), Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival 2012, Queer Arts Festival 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015, Parade of Lost Souls Festival 2012, MAISON LAURENTINE – DISCREET ART CENTRE (Aubepierre-sur-Aube, France), Digital Arts Festival of Taipei 2012, Lacking Sound Festival L27 (Taipei), Khoj International Artist Association (New Delhi), Museum of Contemporary Arts Taipei, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taichung Metropolitan Theatre, Hellerau: European Centre for the Arts Dresden (Germany), Brief Encounters 19, Influx 2013, Powell Street Festival 2013, Vancouver Biennale 2013, Pechakucha (Vancouver 2013), Dance in Vancouver Festival 2013 & 2015, Dance in Victoria Festival 2014 & 2015,  The 10th Push international Performing Arts Festival, Coin Festival 2014, Google Pulse 2014, Very Fun Park Festival 2014 (Taipei),  Taichung Light Festival 2014 & 2015, Destroy Vancouver VI, 8th International Conference of Taiwan Association of Digital Media Design (TADMD), International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA) 2015, Operaestate Festival Veneto 2015 / Migrant Bodies Symposium(Canada, Italy),  International West Coast Dance conference 2015, MOMENTUM Youth Arts Festival 2015, Sound of Dragon Festival 2016, Curious Collider in Science World, Festival of Recorded Movement 2016

Notable Feedback:

“…what you do is not just creative in an artistic way, it’s fully embodied, transformative energy: an infectious and beautiful gift revealing the immanence of being and time.”

–Giorgio Magnanensi, Artistic Director of Vancouver New Music, internationally award-winning composer, conductor

“It is rare to see such a fine balance between the visuals on screen in relation with the performance on stage…”

–Klaus Nicolai, director of the TMA Hellerau/Trans Media Akademie in Hellarau, Dresden and developer or the concept of Tele-Plateaus materialized in the ETP European Tele-Plateaus project, Curator of Cynetart

“I recognize in you, an intrinsic sense of being able to organize the chaos. Wanting to organize other people’s chaos. The world’s chaos. So so inspiring. Very happy I met a man like you.”

–Leroy Wan, founder of LEROY + THE LOVEBOTS, Vancouver queer artist, performer

Sammy Chien簡上翔 出生於台灣, 僑居加拿大的跨領域新媒體表演藝術創作者。 不斷的鑽研影像, 聲音, 科技及表演藝術的結合潛能. 從電影, 舞蹈, 聲響, 配樂, 數位裝置, 互動科技到VJ即時影像. 在2011加拿大西蒙菲莎大學電影系完成了優等學士學位, 也自2008年在紐約數位表演先驅 Troika Ranch與舞蹈科技表演博士Henry Daniel指導及合作下, 開啟了與音樂, 舞蹈,劇場等表演藝術跨領域的深層合作發展,也參加了各種藝術節, 展覽, 表演及研究橫跨了北美, 西歐 以及亞洲, 包括法國龐畢度中心, 中國國家大劇院, 台北當代藝術館,德國海勒洛歐洲藝術中心等等。2014 與北京現代舞團從事新媒體/影像/聲音以及科技方面的合作創作, 合作對象包括了王家衛的攝影師杜可風, 張藝謀的劇場美術指導高廣建以及中國搖滾教父崔健。Sammy除了參與了大型研究及合作表演案包括舞蹈, 機械, 電腦工程到生態學的專家及博士之外, 時常的跟溫哥華當地的社群合作, 包括了原住民, 少數民族, 有色人種, 社會運動人士, 多元文化以及性向, LGBTQ2+ 青少年等等的弱勢團體。 Sammy聯合創辦了Chimerik似不像跨界藝術團隊, 希望運用科技的輔助來更深層的滲透不同領域的界線並建構出新形體及語彙並且進一步的改善社會以及滋潤心靈.

サミー チエン:
台北生まれ、カナダ育ち。バンクーバーを拠点に世界中で活躍するマルチメディアアーティスト・パフォーマー。テクノロジーをステージに生かすプログラム・IsadoraをMark Coniglio(Troika Ranch)から伝授。映像、音、メディア、時に自身のダンスをライブで同時操作する。様々なフィールドのアーティストとのコラボレーションをフランス・ポンピドゥーセンター、Museum of Contemporary Arts Taipei, National Centre for the Performing Arts (北京), Hellerau などで行う。その他、原住民、低所得者、性的マイノリティーとのワークショップやアート、科学、テクノロジーと精神性を統合するプロジェクトのリサーチ、指導をする。Chimerik似不像 collectiveの芸術監督。レイクスタジオベルリンのレジデンシーにてカズマ・グレンと意気投合する。