Mînowin

Arts Community, New Media, News, Travel
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For over a year, I’ve been working on “Mînowin”, a new work by Dancers of Damelahamid, a Canadian Indigenous contemporary dance company. We began workshopping with an infrared sensor for motion-tracking and creation of interactive media that supports important treasures of traditional stories passed on by elders through generations. It has been an absolute honour working on this project. After months on tour around...

Artist Talk at Inter/Mediate Media Arts Education Festival

Arts Community, New Media, News, Talks
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我跟Chimerik似不像的在新媒體教育藝術節的講座 Sammy will be giving an artist talk with Chimerik 似不像 as part of Inter/Mediate Media Arts Education festival. The topic will be revolving around mentorship, learning & teaching, hierarchy and healthy ecologies of collective/company work in the media arts scene. We’ll be sharing our recent work and unfold some of the process how we work together as a team in various context, budget...

W(e)aves 0.7 Heart of the City Festival

Arts Community, Dance, New Media, News, Projection Mapping, Research
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I am very honoured to be invited to present my new work-in-progress research project as part of the 16th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival––a highly respected community orientated art festival. This project is also in partnership with Centre A, where I researched W(e)aves phase 0.3––a meaningful return to such an important space. In 0.7, we'll be centering more on...

CultureBrew.Art Launch

Arts Community, News, Talks
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I am so honoured to be speaking on a panel today as part of the launch of a huge revolutionary project called “CultureBrew.Art”—an online platform that seeks to change systemic racism and the under-representation of indigenous and radicalized artists.   Thursday, September 26, 6pm-9pm 312 Main, 312 Main Street, Vancouver Come and celebrate the launch of CultureBrew.Art! The night will include guest speakers, snacks and refreshments, and...

Pride In Chinatown 2019

Arts Community, Dance, News
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A queer Asian night curated by pioneer media artist Paul Wong + MY BIRTHDAY! Super stoked to be part of Pride in Chinatown this year! I'll be repping Chimerik似不像 in a brand new and unusual format––a mini-durational, performance art piece weaving qi gong (Nature Centre Gong自然中心功) with Ivan So, my last intern student who happens to have 10 years+ of martial arts training (Northern Shaolin...

Nominated for 2019 Jessie Award

Arts Community, Media Presence, New Media, News
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好榮幸我入圍了溫哥華劇場獎! I’m so honoured to be nominated for a 2019 Jessie Award for Significant Artistic Achievement: Outstanding Video Design and Projection for our show Camera Obscura (hungry ghosts) produced by the frank theatre company/Queer Arts Festival.  Since the work I do is so interdisciplinary, having to weave through so many categories and fields of practice, it’s often difficult to get recognized,  as we don’t fall into...

Centre A presents Off Keefer

Arts Community, New Media, News, Research
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Sammy will be sharing segments of his work as part of Centre A's fundraiser called Off Keefer as a thank you for past support of his artistic practice. In May 2018 Sammy was the inaugural artist-in-residence in Centre A's new media gallery where he researched his new solo work: W(e)aves. W(e)aves is an ongoing research/creation of a solo performance work that investigates migration, race politics,...

Letter to the City Council of Vancouver

Activism/Social Change, Arts Community, Media Presence, Talks
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Below is a speech that I gave to the City Council of Vancouver during the council meeting of Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities on April 3, 2019, specifically for the 2019 Cultural Grants Allocations (Operating/Annual/Projects/Capacity) live audio recording: https://www.dropbox.com/s/smhv0frnq2bfhzm/20190402%20sammy%20city%20council%20speech-trimmed.mp3?dl=0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My name is Sammy Chien, I am a Vancouver based interdisciplinary artist. I am also the artistic director of Chimerik 似不像 collective. I was...

Kimmortal Album Release

Arts Community, News, Sound
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I just got back from Toronto and immediately dove right back into the best kinda West Coast vibes…  Look who it is? Their name is booming out there in the East Coast as well. Remember that amazing act for PUSH festival’s opening party that just happened in Jan? Once again, I’m very happy to announce that Chimerik似不像 will be giving live visual support to one of...