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             CYRIL.ART

Cyril W. Chen is an animator and illustrator
based in the Treaty 4 and 13 Territories
(Saskatchewan, Toronto area). 


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CV/BIO

Cyril W. Chen is an animation filmmaker, illustrator and interdisciplinary artist. Previous clients and workplaces: CBC Creator Network, Hi-Vis film, Adrian Dean Animation, Neutral Ground Artist-Run Centre, Saskatchewan Filmpool, Government of Saskatchewan communications.

Software: Toonboom Storyboard Pro, TVPaint, Photoshop (Adobe Creative Suite), Toonboom Harmony.
Learning: Maya, metal & woodworking, Blender, Cinema4D, Unreal Engine.
Research interests: new media storytelling ethics & techniques, digital art archives.



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Twitter: @cyberspacevoid. 
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EDUCATION
_Honours Bachelor of Animation @ Sheridan College // (Oakville, ON).
_Expanded Media @ NSCAD University // (Halifax, NS).  
   
Professional Experience
_Foundational mentorship // CARFAC Saskatchewan / mentor Frans Lotz, metal & wood sculpting / Regina, SK // September 2022 - June 2023
_Workshop instructor, Panelist
// Mackenzie Art Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery, Halifax Independent Animation Festival // remote, Canada // started Nov 28, 2020

_Freelance animation artist // clients: CBC Creator Network, Hi-Vis film, Adrian Dean Animation, Neutral Ground Artist-Run Centre // Remote, Canada // started Nov 15, 2019

_Interim Communications & Member Services Coordinator // Saskatchewan Filmpool // Regina, SK // 2020
_Gallery & Archive Assistant // Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre // Regina, SK // 2020 & 2021
_Junior Communications Consultant // Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Government Relations // Regina, SK // summer internships 2017 & 2019

short film, short doc, feature-length, TV:
- Home of Diaspora  // Concept & Storyboards, co-animator // CBC Creators Network, SK // 2021 - 2022
Queens of the Qing Dynasty
// Original 2D Animation // live-action Canadian feature Dir. by Ashley McKenzie // Nova Scotia // 2021-2022 [72nd Berlinale, TIFF 2022, Atlantic Independent Film Festival 2022, New York Film Festival 2022]
- Bridget // student third-year group film // Sheridan College, ON // 2021-2022 [Ottawa International Animation Festival 2022, Festival Stop Motion Montréal 2022, Irish Film Festival London 2022]
- 拜山 ( baai3 saan1)   // super 8 film, independent // 2021 [One Take Super 8, REGINA 2022]
Why Am I? // Background layout & paint artist // Children’s mini TV series on CityTV // Regina, SK // 2021
- RAW // Animator & Co-Director // CBC Creators Network, SK // 2019 - 2020 [INSPIRE (SASK 2022), CBC, Lunenberg Doc Festival 2020]
- Mom’s Garden 妈妈的菜园 // student independent multimedia short // University of Regina & NSCAD University, SK // 2019 [WNDX Festival of Moving Image 2022, Student World Impact Film Festival 2022, Halifax Independent Animation Festival 2021, University of Regina 2019]
- Hood Habits // student group film for Charles Taylor Theatre // NSCAD University, NS // 2019 [Global News, Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival 2019]

screenings

// 72nd Berlinale | Animator for Queens of the Qing Dynasty, directed by Ashley Mckenzie | Feb 10-20, 2022 | https://www.berlinale.de/en/news-topics/news/detail_122377.html | https://www.instagram.com/p/CY6bKUwLaxw/
// One Take Super 8 | 拜山 ( baai3 saan1) | Regina Public Library Film Theatre | Regina, SK / Oct. 16, 2021 | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvucgixW0lI
// Animation Festival of Halifax | Select artist for Vegan Delights | Halifax, NS / May 8, 2021
Films: RAW (CBC, 2020) and Mom's Garden - 妈妈的菜园 (independent, 2019)
https://afx.eventive.org/schedule/6088cb601ccf790075af339f - https://afx.eventive.org/films/60721c63683afa00d36cddaf
// Lunenburg Doc Festival - CBC Shorts: In Search of Ourselves - RAW - Animation Director - http://lunenburgdocfest.com/film/standing-up-short-docs-by-indigenous-filmmakers/?fbclid=IwAR3KFke3kc14wC8vZCNn4DpCXE0J02SWhBya-nIpM_nEOKKLVxWwQXrsNmE - https://watch.eventive.org/lunenburgdocfest/play/5f5e8ac8f2e588005383eb1c/5f56982eb6231b00299f5a2f?fbclid=IwAR3Ih3N0KRBw0qniMl6HlE49jOhqvLzP5fuPYkt9CnLrT9DF1mrQTDf0UBU - Lunenburg NS - September 24-30, 2020
// Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival - Hood Habits Animated, special premiere - Co-Director and Animator - https://nsadvocate.org/2019/04/21/news-release-its-happening-the-9th-annual-emerging-lens-cultural-film-festival-april-24-25-26-27-and-the-28th-in-truro-and-new-glasgow/ -  https://globalnews.ca/video/5180342/emerging-lens-cultural-film-festival-3 - https://www.theemerginglens.com/ - Halifax NS - April 24-28, 2019

panels
// Animation Festival of Halifax | Select artist for Big Picture Panel: Recipes for Community in a time of Disaster | Halifax, NS / May 8, 2021
Films: RAW (CBC, 2020) -
https://afx.eventive.org/schedule/6088cb601ccf790075af339e
// Digging Through SOIL - online gathering & artist discussion on the end of flash media- Neutral Ground Artist-Run Centre & Mackenzie Art Gallery - Gone in a Flash Series - https://neutralground.sk.ca/?page=eventdetail&year=2020&id=2020121120225112 - https://www.facebook.com/events/1388545388210568/ - Regina, SK / Dec 19, 2020
// Gone in a Flash Livestream Series - Panel Discussion with Dragan Espenscheid, Jonas Richner and Clara Chen - Mackenzie Art Gallery & Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre - https://mackenzie.art/event/gone-in-a-flash-panel-discussion/ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVYwhtJyx9Y - Regina SK / Nov 28, 2020

teaching experience
// 2D animation with Blender - online workshop via Zoom - Dunlop Art Gallery - https://www.instagram.com/p/CaScRHXODCF/ - https://www.facebook.com/events/393236002564884/ - February 2022
// Provincial ArtCade Program
- digital workshop artist / visiting artist - Mackenzie Art Gallery - February 2020 - 2021
// Experimental Animation workshop: Animating with Mixed Media - Mackenzie Art Gallery - March 21 & 29, 2021
// Gone in a Flash Livestream Series - Saving Your Flash Art from the Grave - Mackenzie Art Gallery & Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre - Flash Archiving Workshop using Conifer -
https://mackenzie.art/event/gone-in-a-flash-workshop-saving-your-flash-art-from-the-grave/ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ3o6iGLcrs&t=1s - https://mackenzie.art/gone-in-a-flash/ - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EhGXpZUi7RhRFqSXP354X2UG1enuEBIY7RobnZdB37c/edit -Regina SK / Dec 10, 2020
// Teaching Assistant - Kumon Math & Reading Centre - Regina SK / 2014 - 2016
// Volunteer English Tutor - WF Ready Elementary School - Regina SK / 2011 - 2012

PUBLICATIONS
// Burning Magazine - illustration - Winter 2021 Issue - "SOCIAL PHOBIA" - https://www.burningmagazine.com/issue-no-2/ - Halifax NS - 2021
// On International Transgender Day of Visibility, artist Cyril Chen explores Happiness - CBC Nova Scotia | First Person - comic and written piece - https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/happy-place-cyril-chen-1.5971050?utm_campaign=likeshopme&utm_medium=instagram&utm_source=dash%20hudson&utm_content=www.instagram.com/p/CNGISrYH7x8/ - Halifax, Nova Scotia / March 31, 2021
// RIP Adobe Flash: Five Takeaways About the Plug-In's Legacy in Net Art - HYPERALLERGIC - by Rea McNamara - https://hyperallergic.com/609682/rip-adobe-flash-five-takeaways-about-the-plug-ins-legacy-in-net-art/ - Brooklyn NY / Dec 18, 2020
// Raw Talent: How this spoken word video came to be - Featured Artist - CBC Nova Scotia - https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/community/raw-talent-how-this-spoken-word-video-came-to-be-1.5479690?fbclid=IwAR1k3j0NRObi-bqo5x9v3EXPAF9zo-MG3oRt7Q0S-4s3znb1y-gWY9eeF2w - NS, CAN - 2020
// Raw: A spoken word piece that speaks to being true to yourself - Animator and Co-Director - CBC Creator Network - https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/raw-spoken-word-nova-scotia-1.5473945?utm_campaign=likeshopme&utm_medium=instagram&utm_source=dash%20hudson&utm_content=www.instagram.com/p/B8_Y1zPHOVL/ - NS, CAN - 2020
// Burning Magazine - illustration - November Issue - "WANTING TO POSSESS A CANDLE FLAME WHEN U HAVE THE SUN" - https://expozine.ca/en/fair/fair-2020/ - https://issuu.com/burningmagazine/docs/b_u_r_n_i_n_g_no_1_layout_zine_spreads - https://www.instagram.com/p/B4cngJChF8v/ - Halifax NS - 2019
// Wave/Particle Duality - Science Friday Reads Stephen Hawking - ello artist invite shortlist - https://ello.co/invites/science-friday-reads-stephen-hawking - https://ello.co/cyberspacevoid/post/7_snejo63x6irjtxgc4pog -  2018
// Canadian Youth occupy MP Offices across the country calling for climate action - Canada's National Observer - Photographer - https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/11/30/news/canadian-youth-occupy-mp-offices-across-country-calling-climate-action - Halifax NS - November 30, 2018
// Divest Dal Campout - No More Excuses - The Nova Scotia Advocate - Photographer - https://nsadvocate.org/2017/11/27/divest-dal-campout-no-more-excuses/ - Halifax NS - November 27, 2017

EXHIBITIONS

// Neutral Ground 40th anniversary party archival animation - Animation Projection - Neutral Ground Artist-Run Centre, Regina SK, November 19, 2022 
// AR Animation Artist - Toronto Junction BIA - First Annual Winter Wonderland Window Exhibit -
https://totimes.ca/window-art-comes-to-life-right-before-your-eyes/?fbclid=IwAR2m3DsI_9Xk6ws6pjIlHJ2_cNaOo39pNLiwg01AX_AKmGLa76LBijnY4xo- https://www.narcity.com/en-ca/things-to-do/toronto/torontos-first-alternate-reality-exhibition-has-hit-the-junction-its-so-magical - - Toronto, ON - Nov 2020
// Thoughts of a Digital Archivist - Window Gallery - Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre - https://www.neutralground.sk.ca/?page=eventdetail&year=2020&id=202091020000157 - https://www.gallerieswest.ca/events/clara-chen-thoughts-of-a-digital-archivist/ - Sep-Oct 2020
// Back alley art pops up in downtown Regina - CTV Regina - https://regina.ctvnews.ca/back-alley-art-pops-up-in-downtown-regina-1.5074770 - Regina, SK - 2020 { PostModern Bazaar - Alley Door Mural Artist - Regina Downtown BID - https://reginadowntown.ca/alley-door-art-artists-2020/ - 2020 }// Nocturne 2019 - illustration and prose - A Soft Place - NSCAD Queer Collective - NSCAD Library Windows - 5163 Duke Street - https://www.instagram.com/p/B4AUumMnyG7/ - Halifax NS - Oct 24 2019
// Mom's Garden - Plants in Contemporary Art (group show) - University of Regina Faculty of Media, Art and Performance - https://vimeo.com/343377845 - 2019
// Anination: Animation Nation - Expanded Media Showcase (group show) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLPH69gkiUo&feature=emb_logo - NSCAD Film Academy - Halifax NS - 2019
// 唐人! - Printmaking Showcase (group show) - NSCAD Port Campus - Halifax NS - 2018
// Living Skies - Alley Door Mural Artist - RDBID - https://reginadowntown.ca/alleydoorart/ - Regina SK - 2018
// The Bus Ride - GBDA Digital Art Showcase - UWaterloo Stratford Campus - https://uwaterloo.ca/stratford-school-of-interaction-design-and-business/events/2017-project-showcase-and-reception - https://www.instagram.com/p/BgZ_A76l-Jk/ - digital illustration for Karin Schmidlin @ University of Waterloo Stratford Campus - Stratford ON - 2017
// Mosaic City - Traffic Box Digital Mural Artist - RDBID - https://reginadowntown.ca/trafficboxart/ - Regina SK - 2017
// Don't Trust a Skinny Chef - Painting - German Expressionists and their Contemporaries - Dunlop Art Gallery & Regina Central Library - Regina SK - 2017

residencies
// Capacitor // University of Saskatchewan Art Galleries and Collections /  Funded through the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Now Program / 6-month remote residency / August 2022 - January 2023
// Digital Prototyper Residency @ MIGRATION // UKAI Projects // https://whoisasey.github.io/musicpicnic// // https://www.instagram.com/p/CCtPTG0AIc_/ https://www.ukai.ca/eventsandworkshops/migration - 2020

CONTESTS
// 24 Hours Animation Film Contest - Sheridan College - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmAFwu8f-_A - Oakville, ON - Oct 10 2019
// Project: Better - QHacks Best Design Award - UX/UI Designer - Queen's University - https://devpost.com/software/better - https://twitter.com/AutocodeHQ/status/960172056959766529 - Kingston, ON - 2018
// Stratford Campus UXPerience Design Camp - Project: Beyond Innovation - University of Waterloo - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gduKB1tD_K9hkNHiIrF0siZfy2Gp2t9mm2g-C3Y7TGk/edit#slide=id.gd9c453428_0_16 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I5U2_mcjrg - Stratford, ON - 2016

volunteer
// Co-Project Manager (fall term) - third-year group stop-motion animation film, Bridget, Sheridan College - Oakville, ON, 2021-2022
// Divest Dal - communications volunteer - Halifax, NS | 2017 -2019

JURIES
// Nuit Blanche Regina - volunteer jury member for 2021 Nuit Blanche installations - https://nuitblancheregina.ca/- Regina, SK
// Neutral Ground Artist-Run Centre - paid jury member for 2022 - 2024 exhibition programming (window and main gallery) | Regina, SK




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