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Cyril W. Chen (陳嘉雯)
is an animation filmmaker, writer, and visual artist
based in Treaty 4 Territory (Regina SK).


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CV/BIO



Cyril W. Chen (陳嘉雯) is an animation filmmaker, writer, and visual artist. They were born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Treaty 4 Territory with family from the Guangdong and Hong Kong regions of China. Cyril's work stems from exploring migration, separation, and how we are intertwining through cyberspace. They have recently become more invested in their written storytelling process, incorporating semi-autobiography with magical realism. Often, their visual work includes the collage or merging of mixed materials. They are an animation student at Sheridan College and previously studied expanded media at NSCAD University.

Their work and words are featured on: Hyperallergic, CBC,  the Toronto Times, Narcity, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Neutral Ground Artist-Run Centre, Canada’s National Observer, Lunenburg Doc Fest, the Nova Scotia Advocate, the Animation Festival of Halifax, TIFF 2022, and the 72nd Berlinale. 

They are based in Regina, SK.



Contact the artist through this link.
Twitter: @cyberspacevoid. 
         Instagram: @cyberspacevoid.
         Archive: https://cyberspacevoid.xyz/art 
         Blog: https://cyrilwchen.blogspot.com/ 






EDUCATION
_Honours Bachelor of Animation @ Sheridan College // (Oakville_ON_2019).
_Expanded Media @ NSCAD University // (Halifax_NS_2016-2019).
Earned full credits from University of Waterloo Global Business and Digital Arts (Waterloo_ON_2016). Dalhousie University Arts and Sciences (Halifax_NS_2017-2018). University of Regina Studio Arts (Regina_SK_2019).  
   
Professional Experience
_Foundational mentorship // CARFAC Saskatchewan / mentor Frans Lotz , metal and steel sculpting / Regina, SK // September 2022 - June 2023
_Livestream & workshop artist
// Mackenzie Art Gallery // Regina, SK // started Nov 28, 2020

_Background Artist // Why Am I? for CityTV // Regina, SK // 2021
_Interim Communications & Member Services Coordinator // Saskatchewan Filmpool // Regina, SK // 2020
_Gallery & Archive Assistant // Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre // Regina, SK // 2020 & 2021
_Contract Artist // CBC Creator Network // (Remote) Oakville, ON // started Nov 15, 2019
_Junior Communications Consultant // Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Government Relations // Regina, SK // 2017 & 2019

Film Credits
- Queens of the Qing Dynasty // live-action Canadian feature Dir. by Ashley McKenzie // Original 2D Animation // 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]
- 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 [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

// 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 / mentor Jaye Kovach / 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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