The Sun and the Moon

Activism/Social Change, Arts Community, Dance, Inspiring People, Life, Love, Media Presence, New Media, News, Uncategorized
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Sammy's new video/projection design work for dance with Chimerik 似不像 (with design assistant Kimia Koochakzadeh), we premiere the work on July 5th in Nanaimo and then we're back in Vancouver for Dancing on the Edge Festival July 9 & 11, 2018. The Sun and the Moon Development, choreography and direction by Holly Bright based on a story of the same name by Snuneymuxw author, Celestine Aleck. Co-created...

Proximity Remix at the Queer Arts Festival

Activism/Social Change, Arts Community, Dance, Inspiring People, Life, Love, Media Presence, New Media, News, Uncategorized
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Proximity Remix opened last night at the Queer Arts Festival! MACHiNENOiSY Dance Society, has been working on the concept of this project for half a decade. Each project invites new LGBTQ2+ identified youth participants to workshop and create a performance based on their stories. As the project evolves, they are turning the dialogue from gender politics and integrating racism and other social issues as...

Camera Obscura (Hungry Ghosts)

Activism/Social Change, Inspiring People, Life, Love, Media Presence, New Media, News, Uncategorized
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I’ve waited a while to post about this project because the weight and significance of it is so tremendous. I wanted to focus all my energy on preparing for the show. The show has finally opened, beautifully and successfully. I’m so happy to finally announce this big, heavy project about this super important, pioneer in the artist community, whose work touches on issues of...

Trip to Leeds, UK March 2018

Arts Community, Feedbacks, Improvised, Media Presence, Travel
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Sammy was in Leeds and England in March performing in two shows as part of the Sounds Like This Festival. He had an incredible time connecting with new and existing networks and performing with a slew of extremely talented artists! Check out this timeline below of his experiences as part of the festival. January 16 - received his first promo on Twitter: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeBMbtggEKZ/?taken-by=soar55 March 14 - had only...

Taipei 101

Arts Community, Media Presence, New Media, Projection Mapping, Travel
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In February, Sammy visited Taiwan to put together the Taipei 101 project. When the following Instagram post was shared, he had just finished the final testing. The project was an outdoor projection mapping interactive installation. Taipei 101 was launched in collaboration with Chimerik Collective and Megacosm and was presented by Unolab. Enjoy some video footage and photos from the project through Sammy's Instagram...

Teaching projection/media design at SFU

Interdisciplinary Performance, Media Presence, mentorship, Services, Talks
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I just finished teaching a 3 day intensive sessions on projection/media design for SFU students, within 3 days, these students learnt how to do basic projection mapping, use still images and videos to add textures and transform projection surfaces/real world objects, using multiple live camera  and wireless cameras to feed into their mapped frames, creating an illusion of window looking into another reality. By the...

LIVE Kick Off in SWARM

Media Presence, News
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Sammy Chien will be joining forces with LIVE International Performance Art Biennale to VJ for LIVE 2017's 'Kick Off Party’ as part of SWARM edition of CinemaShine. info: Join us for a special SWARM edition of CinemaShine. We are pleased to present LIVE 2017's 'Kick Off Party’ celebrating the launch of the LIVE 2017 website, and catalogue. Featuring DJ's Ian Prentice, and DJ duo Doug & Suzee, with LIVE...

On Richmond News

Media Presence, News
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Congrats to Cinevolution for the success on Your Kontinent Digital Carnival this year again as part of the Richmond World Festival. I am very honoured to be featured on the news again to help support the festival. According to the curator Wynne Palmer, it was 7500+ attendance for the Digital Carnival, and around 50K for the world festival. Big congrats to the curator, organization...

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...

Becoming Chimera on newspaper in Taiwan

Media Presence, News
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Revisiting an old press on Becoming Chimera (2012), an interdisciplinary experimental new media performance, that was on the newspaper in Taiwan on 2015/03/13, one of my first work that was on the news in Taiwan. Involving live visuals, live electroacoustic/experimental music, contemporary dance/movements and new media. The performers improvise with instructions of specific signs and rules that's conducted or by aleatoric algorithm of the computer, or...