Cissi Tsang / samarobryn
b 1982, Hong Kong
Born in 1982 in Hong Kong, Cissi Tsang (they/them) is a nonbinary, multi-skilled artist working in Perth as a composer, performer, sound artist and audiovisual artist. Cissi’s compositional work explores the emotional nature of landscape, their response to the natural landscape as a composer and performer and incorporating audio and visual elements of place into compositions.
Cissi has performed and exhibited works in Australia, Asia, UK, Ireland and the USA as samarobryn, and has been nominated multiple times in the WAM Song Of The Year Awards in the experimental category. They were also nominated in the 2019 WAM Awards for Best Experimental Artist. Cissi also performs regularly as part of the Perth-based bands Broken Gnomes and PMX.
Cissi is currently a PhD candidate at the Western Australian Academy Of Performing Arts (Edith Cowan University), and has presented their work at a number of national and international conferences, as well as contributing to academic journals.
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/
Tsang, C. (2020). Sound Art as Ways of Exploring Aspects of Place. Fusion Journal. (manuscript in preparation)
Tsang, C. (2019). Addressing Climate Change Scepticism Through The Arts. Sound Scripts, Perth Australia.
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.
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.
Tsang, C. (2020). The Disquiet Of Melting. Australasian Computer Music Conference, Melbourne.
Tsang, C. (2019). Composing soundscapes from a single field recording. Australasian Computer Music Conference, Melbourne.
Tsang, C. (2019). Corridor. Australasian Computer Music Conference, Melbourne.
Tsang, C. (2018). Layered histories – using facets of the landscape as compositional elements to reflect lived experience. 41st MSA National Conference, Perth.
Tsang, C. (2019). Water Study. Australasian Computer Music Conference, Perth.
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.
Tsang, C. (2017). Bering(forboding). Australasian Computer Music Conference, Adelaide.
2019 Murmurations, Glenshee Scotland
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
2016 Readycut Residency, You Are Here Festival, Canberra
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
2020 WAM Song Of The Year nomination, experimental category (Melt)
2019 WAM Awards nomination, best experimental artist
2019 WAM Song Of The Year nomination, experimental category (The Insect Apocalypse)
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
2020 Automata, Tura Adapts: @theRoots
2016 The Light That Is Waiting, The Difficult Music Project
2016 Readycut Residency, You Are Here Festival
//OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2020 Reviewer, Around The Sound magazine.
2019 Artist liaison, Girls Rock! stage, Laneway Festival Perth
2019 Band mentor, Girls Rock! WA
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.