Chimerik似不像 is an interdisciplinary collective that seeks to explore the permeable boundaries between various art forms and disciplines in order to constitute new entities. They have collaborated visually, sonically and conceptually in numerous multi-disciplinary and research projects which have exhibited across Canada, Western Europe, and Asia including Centre Pompidou (Paris), Museum of Contemporary Arts Taipei, National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), Hellerau: European Centre for the Arts Dresden, as well as in dance, film, music and digital arts festivals including Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, World Design Expo 2011, Digital Arts Festival of Taipei 2012, Lacking Sound Festival 2013, New Form Festival 2014, ISEA2015, Digital Carnival 2016 & TPAM 2017. Chimerik似不像 has worked with influential corporations such as NIKE, Microsoft and Google in live visuals/projection design and interactive video installations while engages various marginalized community groups for social change.
Sammy Chien is the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Chimerik似不像 collective which have participated and created large scale new media performance projects in Asia including the official opening show for Taichung Light Festival with more than 30,000 audiences and over 19 shows in the outdoor historical site with projection mapping on balloons and water-stage on a lake. Sammy is also the official selected mentor of Isadora and have completed two intensive one-on-one mentorship with the creator of the software, and have done new media/audiovisual tech from small independent theatre to large corporations such as Google. After studying with the Canadian-pioneer of computer music Barry Truax, his sound work with Chia Wei Hsu has been exhibited in major international museums such as Reina Sofia National Museum (Madrid) and Centre Georges Pompidou(Paris). His deep interest in dance has also miraculously lead him to dance on stage with dancers from companies such as Wen Wei Dance and Compagnie Marie Chouinard. In 2013, Sammy completed a deep collaboration and major production with the Beijing Modern Dance Company to premiere a new work for the 100th Anniversary of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring 十月春之祭 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts of China 國家大劇院 with a 3 weeks research travel and 2 month residency and production, working with artists such as Wong Kar Wai’s 王家衛 Cinematographer Christopher Doyle 杜可風, Zhang Yimou’s 張藝謀production designer Gao Guangjian 高廣健, the Father of Rock in China Cui Jian 崔健and having lunch with Ai Wei Wei 艾未未. In 2015, Sammy was commissioned as the media artist/researcher for Migrant Bodies Project: two-year international research project supported by the Culture Programme of European Union to investigate on the context of migration through the lens of contemporary arts, presented in Operaestate Festival Veneto 2015 in Italy. In late 2016, Sammy has just completed touring major cities in Canada with the piece Made In China, a co-creation interdisciplinary work with Wen Wei Dance, a 3 year development project integrating both sound, video, new media technology and movement with personal memories and socio-political and intercultural context. Sammy has recently co-received the New Chapter grant, one of the largest funding in the history from Canada Council for the Arts, the project runs ’til mid 2019. Sammy also received Research and Creation grant from Canada Council for the Arts under the Dance sector, to continue an ongoing research solo project W(e)aves, which featured as work-in-progress in Experimental Ink at MOA (Museum of Anthropology), as a featured performance for Vancouver Art Gallery’s Auction 2018, residency showing at Centre A and Pretty Good Not Bad Festival 2018 (Victoria), the work will continue through 2018. Sammy recently completed an artist-in-residency at the El Graner (Centre For Creation of the Body and Movement) in Barcelona, planning a 2 year project with El Graner, Mira Festival (Barcelona) and Fly Global (Taipei). Sammy is currently an artist of the Scaffold program; the Board Adviser for LIVE International Performance Art Biennale and Festival of Recorded Movement; the Board of Director for Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society and Core Artist Live Work Co-Operative.
Their work appearance includes Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympia, Museum of Anthropology’s Celebration of Creativity, Victoria’s Fringe Festival 2008, New Form Festival 2008, 2010 & 2014, Dancing on the Edge Festival 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011, Vancouver Art Gallery’s Fuse 2008, Vancouver New Music’s Theatre For the Ears: Audio/Visualization, SadMag Live, OCW Mag, Victoria Fringe Festival 2008, Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympia, 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, 2013, 2014 & 2015, Parade of Lost Souls Festival 2012, MAISON LAURENTINE – DISCREET ART CENTRE (Aubepierre-sur-Aube, France), Digital Arts Festival of Taipei 2012, Lacking Sound Festival L27 (Taipei), Khoj International Artist Association (New Delhi), Museum of Contemporary Arts Taipei, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taichung Metropolitan Theatre, Hellerau: European Centre for the Arts Dresden (Germany), Brief Encounters 19, Influx 2013, Powell Street Festival 2013, Vancouver Biennale 2013, Pechakucha (Vancouver 2013), Dance in Vancouver Festival 2013 & 2015, Dance in Victoria Festival 2014 & 2015, The 10th Push international Performing Arts Festival, Coin Festival 2014, Google Pulse 2014, Very Fun Park Festival 2014 (Taipei), Taichung Light Festival 2014 & 2015, Destroy Vancouver VI, 8th International Conference of Taiwan Association of Digital Media Design (TADMD), International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA) 2015, Operaestate Festival Veneto 2015 / Migrant Bodies Symposium(Canada, Italy), International West Coast Dance conference 2015,MOMENTUM Youth Arts Festival 2015, Sound of Dragon Festival 2016, Curious Collider in Science World, Festival of Recorded Movement 2016, TPAM Yokohama Performing Arts Meeting 2017.
The current members are: Sammy Chien, Shang-Han Chien, Andy Yueh An Lee, Nancy Lee, Andie Lloyd, Jonathan Kim, Nita Bowerman, Pia Massie, Vivi Wei Chen, Ivan So, Jake Geun Uoo Kim, Rashi Sethi, Kimia Yazdi (Past intern) and Jill Shao(Past intern).