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...

W(e)aves 0.6

Dance, New Media, News, Projection Mapping, Research
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W(e)aves 0.6 (work-in-progress) by Sammy ChienVenue: Orpheum AnnexDate: October 19, 2019, 8:00pmPresented by: Vancouver New Music as part of the Vancouver New Music Festival: Resonances – artistic transformation, mapping and sonification W(e)aves is an ongoing research-creation of a solo performance work that investigates migration, race politics, transcultural identity, queerness and spiritual philosophies using digital technologies, audiovisuals, text, contemporary dance, and qi-gong. This particular research phase, Sammy...

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...

Crossing Mountains & Seas 穿越山海經

Dance, New Media, News
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I’ve been working on “Crossing Mountains & Seas 穿越山海經” as a the Co-creator and Director of Media Arts. It’s a pretty epic interdisciplinary performance with live music, aerial and contemporary dance as well as new media projection. The work was inspired by an ancient East Asian text Shan Hai Jing (山海經) and contemporary video game culture. It touches on sociopolitical issues such as...

Dancers of Damelahamid: Mînowin at the Banff Centre

Dance, New Media, News
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So honoured to work at the Banff Centre again. For this project I am part of an Indigenous Arts residency program with Vancouver’s indigenous dance company Dancers of Damelahamid.  We are continuing to develop a new work called Mînowin. I’m so happy that my skill-set in technology is being used to support traditional-ancestral storytelling, such as IR motion tracking for indigenous rituals and real-time...

Ying Yun 英云

Dance, New Media, News
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Just finished the creation process with Wen Wei Dance for premiere of Ying Yun 英云. I’m happy to say that it’s my first time creating a full length music score for a dance performance, along with projection design using actual original hand painting as the source, while also continuing some of the simple aesthetics of new media work that I’ve been doing in the...

PUSH Opening Party with Kimmortal & Immigrant Lessons

Arts Community, Dance, New Media, News, Sound
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On January 17, Sammy Chien will be sharing a new visual projection experiment as part of PUSH Festival's Official Afterparty. It was created in collaboration with Chimerik似不像’s new intern, Ivan So, and in support of Kimmortal and Immigrant Lessons' new project 'X Marks the Movement'. Sammy is very honoured to share experimental ideas with these amazing, local, grassroots artists—seeds of bigger ideas to come!   Queer...

Dancers of Damelahamid

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Artist-in-Residence program: Dancers of Damelahamid Thursday December 20, 2018 | 4pm Faris Family Studio: free admission Dancers of Damelahamid Studio Showing Sammy Chien is working on the New Media/Interactive Design for Dancers of Damelahamid's new work Mînowin. The production plans to premiere Fall 2019 at the National Arts Centre. There will be tech residencies and work-in-progress showings throughout...