PUSH Opening Party with Kimmortal & Immigrant Lessons

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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...

Featured in Keedan Magazine

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感謝起點網路雜誌KEEDAN.com的專訪!今年夏天時, 雜誌編輯Lucille Liu特別從義大利米蘭飛到德國柏林來專訪我在Lake Studios Berlin跟House of North (Fubbi Karlsson)的駐村研究計畫。以及我個人的新作W(e)aves熾, 還有我的團隊Chimerik 似不像以及許多陳年的理念。 很榮幸有機會提到了很多合作的好朋友,Kazuma Glen Motomura, 林辰Chen Lin, Mica雲母 還有帶我長大的Troika Ranch/Isadora。往常的專訪都比較制式化,很少有像Lucille這樣的用心,做了這麼多功課這麼了解專訪的對象,我非常感動。這算是我第一個在中文雜誌中的深度專訪,希望藉這個機緣能跟離鄉背井我,跟我的家鄉語言的世界重新連結,分享,感謝。 I’m so happy to be featured on Taiwanese magazine Keedan Mag! It’s one of the first article in Chinese that’s written so in-depth about my work! Earlier this Summer, the editor flew in from Milan to interview me in Berlin during my residency in House of North and Lake...

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...

Sammy is featured in the 2018 Simon Fraser University handbook!

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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...

Flow(er) 蓅


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Flow(er) 蓅
 After more than 2 years, Sammy Chien & Dong Mei are finally presenting their co-choreographed performance work, Flow(er). The idea behind the project was a bit wild; and, at the time, most of presenters didn’t see Sammy as a choreographer. They also didn’t know who Dong Mei was (a new immigrant dance artist from Beijing, but a pretty big deal in China). But,...

Completion of SFU Student internship

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It was such a pleasure to work with SFU student, Kimia Yazdi, who just interned with Chimerik 似不像 for the Summer 2018 semester. Our first student intern! I'd like to share the report and some of the process, documented by Kimia.   In Kimia's words... I was thrilled to see that there was an opportunity to have an internship with the collective that he co-founded. Chimerik is an...

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...

Indian Summer Festival 2018: Confluence

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Just finished doing live visuals for Indian Summer Festival 2018: Confluence, and it was such a blessing to watch this come together. The performance, curation/programming and the vibe was so inspiring and meaningful. It's one thing to do a great show, it's another to do something truly meaningful for the community—POC artists doing kickass shows on stage, making it relevant and meaningful at the...

Community Formed from Displacement

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After I flew into Nainaimo and did our first day of tech at the Port Theatre for The Sun and the Moon, I went to get some groceries to make dinner at the condo I’m staying at. I walked by the this Tent City thing, which seemed similar to what has been going on in the DTES but with a much higher concentration in...