Chimerik似不像 in Taiwan

Taiwan Journey Begins
Sammy has returned to Taiwan, but this time was special. Chimerik’s new assistant designer and apprentice, Andie Lloyd, joined him in Taipei. Andie has been interning with Chimerik似不像 since early 2018. Andie received a grant from the BC Arts Council in the later part of 2018 to understudy with Chimerik似不像 for 10 months. This was our first time receiving funding to cover a long-term mentorship and it was a huge honour.

We still remember the first time Andie came to Burnaby Mountain and stayed with us, indigenous elders and other artist-activists at the Watch House. We put paintings up on Kinder Morgan’s gate to stop the trucks from working on the pipeline expansion. We knew immediately that Andie would be a perfect for Chimerik似不像.

(Sammy jokingly said that ‘she passed the test’)

During her first interview, Andie mentioned that she would love to work in Taiwan–a dream we thought would take some time to accomplish. But she included these aspirations in the grant application and here we are in Taiwan!

Photo by Brandon Leighton

We visited temples, historic streets, art shows, exhibitions and got foot massages while working. It was a pleasure to stay in the heart of the tourism district–big shout out to our Accommodation Sponsor, Min of “ESL Teachers/Overseas”.

Some Snippets of the Projects
Originally we only booked one project in Taiwan, but this later turned into two corporate events, one experimental show and Lunar New Years! The two corporate events in Taipei were for some of the most influential corporations in Taiwan, and they featured many top Taiwanese pop stars.

Our first show featured Taiwanese, indigenous popstar, A-Lin, and grass roots musicians, Tendrum Art Percussion Group–few assistants can boast that their first VJ experiences was for an audience of 10,000! The second show featured Taiwanese emerging artist, Erika, Singaporean songwriter/rapper, Boon Hui Lu, OG indigenous, Taiwanese duo, Power Station and superstar singer, Jam Hsiao.

The final show at Revolver Taipei was also a huge success. Thank you to everyone who came out to support. The feeling of being in sync with the right frequency in a space with performers, an audience, vibes and spirit. Sound/feeling/vibes were conjured and rode on a powerful wave together–the unspoken magic of live, improvised performance.

Photos by Anchi Lin, Julia Kingham and Kris Lee

Improvised music and live AV by Sonic Deadhorse 音速死馬, Terry Minyen Hsieh 謝明諺, Snow Huang 黃思農, Sammy Chien/ Chimerik似不像 (Lighting by Andie Lloyd)

Thank you BC Arts Council and Andie for believing in us! <3

ClientThe Car Rental Co
SkillsPhotography / Media Production
WebsiteGoodlayers.com

Project Title

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

ClientThe Car Rental Co
SkillsPhotography / Media Production
WebsiteGoodlayers.com

Project Title

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.