Open Letter to the Vancouver Art Gallery

Activism/Social Change, Arts Community, Feedbacks, Inspiring People, Writing
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I wrote a letter to the Vancouver Art Gallery after attending an art tour in Mandarin Chinese for the Takashi Murakami show, I thought this letter might just be read by their costumer service, or might not even make it to anyone— I can’t believe that in the end, not only they read it so carefully, the letter even went viral in the VAG...

Creative Activism with the Coast Protectors

Activism/Social Change, Arts Community
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Sammy joined a creative activism protest with an amazing group of artists and the water protectors, He processed the heavy but super important subject by writing them bit by bit. We invite you to hear him out and share their experiences with your communities. These are very important, humane and personal informations. In the mean time, Sammy encourages you to go to the Protect...

Access All Areas MADHOUSE RE:EXIT

Activism/Social Change, Arts Community, Feedbacks, Interdisciplinary Performance, Postshow, Writing
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I got to catch the show MadHouse re:exit, when I was in London, in one of the most hipster/artsy neighbourhood in London—Shoreditch. I was invited by Lesley Ewen who’s a theatre director and one of the co-creator of the work. The show  is an interactive theatre that focuses on the discussion revolving disabilities, it immediately drawn me from the very beginning. I’ve been to...

photo on Leadnow.ca

Activism/Social Change, Media Presence
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my photo with Lexi Vajda made it on the new campaign for Leadnow.ca - À l'Action (Leadnow envisions a just, sustainable, and equitable Canada, built and defended through the democratic power of an engaged public) during our last protest with Artists Against Pipeline Expansion against Kinder Morgan/Pipeline expansion photographed and organized by Delia Brett Let's keep fighting the good fight, time is urgent, some mistakes...

on Tokyo News 東京新聞

Activism/Social Change, Interdisciplinary Performance, Media Presence, New Media, News
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東京新聞のりました!! スポンサーに牛耳られずに誠実に社会批判や原発批判をして人のためになってる東京新聞すきです。これからも偽りの「和」でなく真実を追求していってください。 作品のメッセージが広まりますように!スペースをこころよく使わせてくれたマスマスさんに多大なる感謝!すばらしいスタッフさんが働いています。   Congrats to Sammy Chien's first media presence in Japan! on Tokyo News! (Tokyo Shimbun東京新聞). So nice to see such influential media in Japan actually act take the medium of journalism/news/media as an active voice to deliver to the people despite the pressure from the government about the taboos. These are our common beliefs. It was perfect that they interviewed these progressive artists on their...

Lies/Harmony 和とウソの間 for TPAM in Japan

Activism/Social Change, Dance, Interdisciplinary Performance, News
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Sammy Chien & Berlin based Japanese/South African performance artist Kazuma Glen Motomura's new collaboration in Japan Lies/Harmony 和とウソの間 (TPAM Fringe) as part of TPAM - Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama @ Mass×Mass関内フューチャーセンター 12/15,17,19. Political activist art, self-produced, for the people, for good cause and social change. Focusing on the issues of Fukushima nuclear disaster to raise global awareness for voicing the truth against government's lies,...

Moving forward

Activism/Social Change
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I'd like to share a voice from Vancouver based performance artist Tallulah Lee "Ok so I’m coming back to FaceBook but first I need you all to understand why I left. I left because I was tired. Tired of explaining over and over that racism is real and systemic, tired of defending anti-colonial discourses to folks who are directly benefiting from colonialism, tired of talking about...

Art that can change the world可改變世界的表演

Activism/Social Change, Arts Community, Dance, Inspiring People, Interdisciplinary Performance
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I just sat in a dress rehearsal of an experimental physical theatre piece performed and created by mostly people with physical disabilities, it was one of the most powerful performance I've seem in a long long time. I started bawling within 10 min into the show, I highly recommend anyone in taiwan to come see this piece, and I hope to find ways to...

reflections on the enriching past week of shows and radical vagina

Activism/Social Change, Arts Community
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This past week, I was very pumped to see Vancouver's art scene so happening, I lined up 7 shows  to see in 4 days and shared them on my facebook: The Nether - to see David Bloom's acting, James Coomber's music/sound, Jonathan Kim's lighting, plus the lovely Firehall Arts Centre This piece makes us question about our own ethic, morality and the responsibility in our imaginations as...

Kristina Lemieux fighting the big greed in the real estate market of Vancouver

Activism/Social Change
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my dear friend Kristina Lemieux fighting the big greed in the real estate market of Vancouver--the infamous "renovictions" that landlords find loopholes in the laws and kick out tenants in order to jack up the rental price and make bigger money. They've messed with the wrong person for sure, no one messes with Kristina. She's a super smart and intelligent queer women administrator/producer in the...