Sammy's Bio as of 2014 05 13

This is my updated short biography as of 2014 05 13

Sammy Chien (Chimerik) is a Taiwan born, Vancouver-based interdisciplinary media artist who seeks to merge cinema, sound art, new media, and dance performance techniques into a new individual practice. He has studied film at Simon Fraser University (BFA Honors) and developed an expertise in electroacoustic music and digital technology in performance environment. After learning real-time performance software from Troika Ranch (NYC/Berlin) he continues his deep interest in interdisciplinary collaborations and forges deep connections between image, sound, and movement. He has collaborated visually, aurally and conceptually in numerous multi-disciplinary projects range from film, theatre, dance, audiovisual performance to interactive installation which have exhibited across Canada, Western Europe, and Asia. Sammy has also been involved in research, collaborations or mentorship in projects that focus on the integration between art, science and technology as well as engaging with the local community. Sammy is the Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Chimerik collective.

Sammy’s work appearance includes: New Form Festival 2008 & 2010, Dancing on the Edge Festival 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011, Theatre For the Ears: Audio/Visualization,  RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES PARIS/ BERLIN/ MADRID - New cinema and contemporary art - FILM AND VIDEO SCREENING: Reina Sofia National Museum (Madrid), Centre Pompidou(Paris), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Taipei World Design Expo 2011, DOXA Film Festival 2012, Subtle Technology Festival 2012 (Toronoto), Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival 2012, Queer Arts Festival 2012, Lacking Sound Festival L27 (Taipei), the 10th Push international Performing Arts Festival, 2014 China National Centre for Performing Arts Dance Festival, Khoj International Artist Association (New Delhi), Museum of Contemporary Arts Taipei, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Hellerau: European Centre for the Arts Dresden (Germany)



my street credit

I was at the Astoria for a bass music party, someone came up to me and asked if I am Sammy Chien. I said yes. He smiled and said that he knows my work and it's (*he paused for a beat) "fucking gangsta". 

I want this in my review, please.


Dance In Vancouver 2013: Made In China v2


Program One:
Wen Wei Dance - Made in China v.2

Wednesday November 20, 7pm + Saturday November 23, 9pm
The Dance Centre 

Wen Wei Wang’s intimate new work is a collaboration with Gao Yanjinzi, Artistic Director of Beijing Modern Dance Company, Qiu Xia He, of Vancouver’s Silk Road Music and Sammy Chien, of New Media Art CollectiveChimerik 似不像. Through dance, music, storytelling and new media they explore individual personal narratives that are bound by a shared Chinese heritage, and how their traditional artistic forms have evolved in a modern world.

this is our second collaboration of the work-in-progress version of Made In China. I'm very excited about this piece, as the last time we had a very deep and experiential movement, audio, visual and a very intuitive energy flow… This time we are experimenting with a bit more context and dynamics. We had a very interesting and organic 6 days of rehearsal, working with these genius, so much has arrived to the table. How do I keep it up and keep it down at the same time? Jinzi is 6 months pregnant, too. I'm taking one of her part from the last piece into a very weird version of my own movement. Wen Wei tells a story while Qiu Xia dances. And for the first time, you'll hear Jinzi speaking English on stage. As cliché as it sounds, we all stepped out of our comfort zone towards interdisciplinarity.

I would like to give a BIG THANK YOU shout out to Mark Coniglio, the creator of Isadora (arguably the most creative real-time audiovisual software for performance environment up to date), the Artistic Director of Troika Ranch (the pioneer company for digital performance) and one of the most important new media artist/educator today. He sacrifice his utmost valuable time to help me get through an unexpected technical issue in the software, not only to show his love of art and also a huge encouragement to the young interdisciplinary artist who's still struggling between the both sides of the brain. 

I believe though, that creativity can also come from understanding technicality and even beneath codes/technology, without such a flexibility and intuitive quality in my tools, I wouldn't be able to create something like this--a truly organic and creative process with dance, music, film and new media that includes live sound processing, live audiovisual and real-time/reactive video. Most importantly, it all slowly becoming more and more natural, as if these separated fields really morphed in this common playground, and we're all playing, with our bodies, intellect and find resonances in our soul… the tools that we have, are the extensions of our imagination. 


Photography by Chris Randle & Sophia Wolfe — with Wen Wei Wang at The Dance Centre.

(photo from Made In China v.1, Dancing on the Edge Festival 2013)

Made in China v2 for DIV


Pechakucha talk

My talk at Pechakucha is out!

Please "APPLAUD" it if you like it! I want more people to see it and continually to spread positivity and creative spirits to the world!

"I realized I could see the universe ... in an internal way."

"Becoming Chimerik"


Artist Sammy Chien highlights (at PKN Richmond, BC Vol. 2) his life-long journey of creating art and defining himself. 
He details his quest to increasingly connect with and act as a messenger for the spiritual world through his creative works.


Video Art installation exhibition in MADL 特別強調完全沒有畫面 影像創作聯展

I have a new video art/ experimental film installation that is being exhibited in MADL in Taipei.  exhibition goes til Sept. 8th, 2013. more info to come.


這些人通過清澈、率直的靈魂觀看這污穢、悲傷的社會,他們看到美麗幻境使他們這樣的人,興奮萬狀並讚嘆不已於是滔滔不絕的說了起來,在沒有人聽他們說時,他們便說給自己聽。」捷克文學家赫拉巴爾(Bohumil Hrabal)總是管這群人叫「底層的人們」,這群人講述事情是既來自現實,但卻又充滿了誇張,戲謔、怪誕和幻想。我們這群底層的人們, 生處在國家法制機構裡,有著痛苦的歷史記憶、有著良善的忙碌生活、 有著艱困的生存環境。但終究無法以自身對抗國家機器的運作、無法反抗社會困頓的潮流、無法過著愚人式的生活與思考,時時擔心着自我不同於「社會制度」而被屏除在社會結構的框架外。
此次展覽,由四位影像創作者江凱維、韓承燁、張修齊、林立翔(小目),與跨領域藝術家Sammy Chien(簡上翔), 如同「Pábetelé」:藉由靈感的鑽石孔眼 ,看到的世界與現實生活行程強烈的反差,並藉由相機觀景窗去省視現今紊亂的現實社會。

江凱維『遠方的河』闡述着自我迷失在城市裡,藉由無意識機械化的動作與攝者的社會意識形態,反映創作者心中已失去的美好回憶。韓承燁『迴』以其快門的速度不斷地重複播放著反覆且規律的快門聲,試圖將過往的生活經驗,透過具有時間性的靜止畫面,再次將「瞬間」具體化。Sammy Chien(簡上翔) 『Proscenium』藉由芭蕾舞者連續動作與劇場互動,暗喻著自以為是的美好演出,背後往往針鋒相對、明爭暗鬥,如同政治人物般,總在人前光鮮亮麗的說著預演千百次的謊言,但實際上背地裡做著見不得人的勾當。林立翔(小目) 『 Part of the Weekend Never Dies』與張修齊『夜鷹』擷取長年拍攝的台灣夜生活與不為人知的地下樂團場景片段,具體而微的呈現此世代的慾望表徵,當中的疏離意識反應背後流動的寂寥。


迪化展場藝術家:張修齊、Sammy Chien(簡上翔)
開幕茶會:2013年8月10號(星期六)下午兩點 萬隆展場
展覽時間:2013年8月10日至2013年9月8日 週二~週日 1300—2000
展覽地址:萬隆展場 /北市羅斯福路五段241-1號
迪化展場 /迪化街一段46巷18弄4號


Six Fest

site-specific performance collaboration by Darcy McmurrayBal Areli Moran & Sammy Chien 
New Media Sound + Live Drawing + Movement

I want to thank Darcy for inviting me to this experimental collaboration, what a wonderful dance artist full of creative and fun ideas! I was able to perform with Areli before she takes off to Mexico, and also got to participate one of the most organic, romantic and inspiring festival+wedding I've ever experienced. This is what art can do to people. It was such a beautiful, beautiful day/night.

congrats to PrOphecybeing an artist, you also get to make weddings that are actually enjoyable to attend, full with love, creative vibes and truly magical... 

Photo by Ash Tanasiychuk
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