Sammy is featured in the 2018 Simon Fraser University handbook!

Arts Community, Dance, Life, Media Presence, New Media, News
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Found myself in the Simon Fraser University’s student hand book for Fall 2018. Thank you Dean Lastoria for sending them to me as a gift. It’s a really nice print! 飲水思源 sending appreciation to the source that contributed to where I am today–the creative environment of SFU, the radical professors. And the life changing event when Dr. Henry Daniel brought Troika Ranch to work...

Completion of Berlin Lake Residency

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After getting off the plane, I biked to do Qi gong on this massive beach in The Hague, Rotterdam. Visited 2 art centres, V2 and the WORM, and had a fantastic meeting with the composer of Frankfurt Ballet in Amsterdam. Looking forward to doing lots more research with Shanti in upcoming projects :) #netherlands #rotterdam #thehague #amsterdam #research #visit   Can't believe I just had a...

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

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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)

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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...

nómadas

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Congratulations to the nómadas team! nómadas is a performance piece directed by Dr. Henry Daniel, with new media/projection design by Chimerik 似不像 music/sound design by Adam Basanta in SFU Woodward's’s. I just want to say that it’s a pretty profound feeling to revisit work again with someone who inspired me so much and brought me up as a media/performance artist almost 10 years ago! I was...

LIVE Kick Off in SWARM

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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...