Disfiguring Identity: Art, Migration and Exile (2015)

In Search for Universality in Social Movement, Interdisciplinary Art and Expanded Media, a video essay on Disfiguring Identity Symposium for Surrey Arts GalleryDisfiguring Identity: Art, Migration and Exile. This symposium of talks, screenings, and conversations with artists and curators investigating the use of performance, history, and memory to address art and activism related to racism was co-produced with On Main Gallery Vancouver and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Fine Art Department.

Sammy Chien’s new essay is published both in book and online. It delineates his encounter with the Sunflower Movement 太陽花學運, his life journey being a visible minority and his artistic mission being an interdisciplinary artist—to ultimately remind us to unfetter the true universal value that exists within each one of us until the corrupted political and social ideology have blinded us.

Read the essay “In Search of Universality: Social Movement, Interdisciplinary Art and Expanded Media” here: http://www.disfiguringidentity.com/in-search-of-universality-social-movements-interdisciplinary-art-and-expanded-media/

Read the essay “In Search of Universality: Social Movement, Interdisciplinary Art and Expanded Media” here: http://www.disfiguringidentity.com/in-search-of-universality-social-movements-interdisciplinary-art-and-expanded-media/

It’s being published in “In the Wake of the Komagata Maru: Transpacific Migration, Race & Contemporary Art” Book and “Disfiguring Identity: Art, Migration & Exile” Website.
We would like to thank Surrey Art Gallery, ON MAIN, Jordan Storm, Paul Wong, Lisa Marshall for giving us this opportunity to voice for the world.
Full publication: http://www.disfiguringidentity.com/the-book-2/

A big thank you shout out to all the contributors to this essay Ian Rowen, Betty Apple Applex Twin and Karen Karen E Bender.
Karen has written a full story on the Sunflower Movement, which I was interviewed as well.

See her full article at http://www.therivetermagazine.com/fighting-for-democracy-the-story-of-the-taiwanese-sunflower-movement/
including an interview with Sammy Chien at http://www.therivetermagazine.com/in-their-own-words-part-2-the-interviews-with-sunflower-movement-protestors/

This essay also features lots of images/photos from us and wonderful contributors: Alex Balkam and Julie MacRae of AFCOOP, Betty Apple, Shang-Han Chien, Daidai Tai-ju Hsieh, Andy Lee and Sophia Wolfe; with the appearance of Jimmy Hsu, Matthew Langille, Daisy Cobden, Michael Jeon, Francis Fleming, Andrew Doan, Victor Pan Vikter Retkiv, Rachel Chen, Marc Arboleda, Davy Bisaro, Felicia Lau, Erika Mitsuhashi, Jessie Kwan, Kaylin Metchie, Tiffany Choi, Trevor Lim, Wen Wei Wang, Gao Yanjinzi
Since one of the main focus of this essay is about how new media art can act as a bridge to resolve conflicts and advances our true harmony—this was evident in our last netart project “I Hear Your Voice. Com”. We just want to thank everyone again who helped made this project happened. Thank you Andy Lee, AYung Chan阿楊, daidai謝岱汝, Andria孫志熙, 陳瑋weiwei, BG飽哥 Webb Hsu, Shang-han Chien Toho, 感謝 Emily Chen, Vincent Wk Chao of Trippo 山人整合創新. Hope we can continue to update the site and bring its life back again, and expand it until the world is in balance with justice, peace and true humane values.
Sammy 的文章”尋找普世性:社會運動, 跨領域藝術以及延展媒體“ 終於順利出版在書上了以及網路數位出版。文章中他提倡著普世價值的重要性, 以及腐敗的政治以及社會意識形態的掩蓋了我們許多原本真實以及美好的價值。他並且述說了我們上一年的創意網站計畫”I Hear Your Voice. Com”是怎麼已新媒體的概念試圖的幫助社會。 我們希望為了社會進步, 自由的精神 , 還有主動的不斷的為這個世界做一些改變的意念能繼續發揚光大。

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