About

Cissi Tsang / samarobryn

b 1982, Hong Kong

Born in 1982 in Hong Kong, Cissi Tsang is a trans-disciplinary artist living in Perth, Australia. Her work explores the emotional  nature of landscape, and the main focus of her practice has been on her response to the natural landscape as a composer and performer, incorporating audio and visual elements of place into compositions, and using the landscape as a narrative device.

Cissi has performed and exhibited her works in Australia, Asia, UK and the USA under the names timeofhex and samarobryn, and her photography has been short-listed in various international and national awards. She is a PhD candidate at the Western Australian Academy Of Performing Arts (Edith Cowan University) and holds a MCDArtDes from the University of New South Wales.

Outside of her solo work, Cissi also performs and collaborates with a range of bands and individuals, including Broken Gnomes, Marley Wynn, Furchick and Gravy Murphy.


//EDUCATION

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, PhD Candidate (2016- )
University of New South Wales, Master of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design, 2015
University of Western Australia, Bachelor of Arts, 2004.


//EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES

For a full list: http://samarobryn.com/performances/


//REFEREED PAPERS

Tsang, C. (2018). Resounding Landscapes – Combining Psychogeography and Elements of the Landscape as Composition. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on New Music Concepts, Treviso, Italy.

Tsang, C. (2016). Finding meaning in data: using data elements to sonify and visualise the found environment. The Soundtrack: Sound and Music in Emerging Audiovisual Media, Bristol UK.

Tsang, C. (2016). Hexadecimal compositions – using HEX data to sonify images of the found environment. Proceedings of  Sonic Environments: Australasian Computer Music Conference 2016, Brisbane.

//NON-REFEREED PAPERS

Maujean, J.M. and Tsang, C. (2016). Making The Makestra: Repurposed, bio-electrical and 3D printed-instruments. eContact! issue 18.3 – Sonic DIY – Repurposing The Creative Self.

//REFEREED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Tsang, C. (2018). Layered histories – using facets of the landscape as compositional elements to reflect lived experience. 41st MSA National Conference (manuscript in preparation).

Tsang, C. (2018). Landscape as personal narrative – using elements of the environment as a multi-modal approach to composition, Postgraduate Music Research Conference, Melbourne Australia.

Tsang, C. (2017). Sonifying and visualising the landscape – using field recordings and field images as parameters for composition and visualisation. Sounding Out The Space conference, Dublin Ireland. 

Tsang, C. (2017). Addressing Agnotology Through Art. THNMF Conference, Perth, Australia.


//RESIDENCIES

2018 Burren College Of Art, Ireland
2018 Bundanon Trust Artist In Residence, New South Wales

2017 Makestra, Spectrum Project Space, Perth Australia

2016 Silence Awareness Existence Residency Program, Arteles Creative Centre, Finland
2016 Time_Place_Space_Nomad, Victoria

2015 Bogong Centre For Sound Culture Supported Residency, Victoria

2014 Porosity Studio, Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, Tianjin China
2014 Vanuatu Island Innovation Lab, Vanuatu


//AWARDS

2018 WAM Song Of The Year nomination, experimental category (Bering(forboding))

2017 ECU Judges Award for Composition, Revel-8 Film Festival
2017 WAM Song Of The Year nomination, experimental category (The Road Is My River)

2016 ECU Judges Award for Composition, Revel-8 Film Festival

2015 Lethbridge 10000 Art Award Finalist, Brisbane/online

2014 Clifton’s Art Prize Finalist, Parmelia House, Perth
2014 Lethbridge 10000 Art Award Finalist, Brisbane/online
2014 Macquarie Photographic Prize, Semi-Finalist

2013 Lethbridge 10000 Art Award Finalist, Brisbane/online

2012 Macquarie Photographic Prize Finalist, Orange, Sydney and Dubbo
2012 National Campus Art Prize Finalist, Adelaide


//COMMISSIONS

2016 The Light That Is Waiting, The Difficult Music Project
2016 Readycut Residency, You Are Here Festival


//OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016 Peer reviewer, Directions Of New Music journal
2016 Gallery Coordinator, Joondalup Art Gallery

2008 – 2013 Live music photographer for Perthbands.com, Fringe World Festival, RTRFM, Fasterlouder and Spaceship News. Events covered included: Big Day Out, Fringe World, Future Music, In The Pines, Laneway, One Movement, Parklife, Southbound, Wave Rock Weekender, West Coast Blues and Roots, and various international touring acts.