BFA (UBC), MA, MFA, PhD (Concordia)
Taien Ng-Chan is a Hamilton-based writer, researcher and media artist whose work takes on hybrid forms of experimental cinema, photography, poetry, and processes of mapping. While her doctoral dissertation explored locative media art and creative practices of everyday life and daily travel, her current projects explore “object-oriented storytelling” and place-based narrative. She is interested in new forms of research-creation such as the essay-poem or the interactive media essay. In addition to her scholarly work in such publications as Wi: Journal of Mobile Media and Humanities, Taien has also published four books and anthologies of creative writing, produced multimedia arts websites, and written for stage, screen, and CBC Radio. She has shown her videopoems and media works in film festivals and galleries across Canada and internationally, including at the Biennale internationale d’art numérique in Montreal, the International Mobile Innovation Screenings in New Zealand, and most recently at the Art Gallery of Windsor’s Triennial of Contemporary Art 2017.
Taien is a founding member of the Hamilton Perambulatory Unit (HPU), an artist-research collective that has given performative walking events internationally; a founding member of the social activist artists group NEW Committee; an active member of the Art and Cartography Commission at the International Cartographers Association; and a founding member of Zineposium, an annual DIY arts and zines fair. She is inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University, 2017-2018, where she is developing an interactive video installation and website called The Trajectories of Things (What is Your Thing?). More information on her projects can be found at her website: soyfishmedia.com