Animal Lover is an interspecies art practice by Julie Andreyev and collaborative others that explores more-than-human creativity to develop kinships with local lifeforms and ecologies. Care-ethics are practiced in each encounter and the outcomes are forms of new media, sound art, performance and relational art.
Current projects, Bird Park Survival Station and Wild Empathy, use creative tactics to respond to the climate emergency, wildlife extinction and habitat loss. The Tom + Sugi Climate Emergency Blog is a writing project, with canine collaborators Tom and Sugi, telling story about the creative goings-on in the region.
“…there’s something to be said for staying optimistic even in these times when there’s so much at stake for humans and non-humans. We have to be optimistic and retain hope. I think that artwork can do that in the sense of creating beautiful things to listen to, to look at, and engage with. Art can reflect the wonder and beauty of our natural world.” —Julie Andreyev (from an interview with Jody Berland, for forthcoming book Digital Animalities. Toronto: PUBLIC, 2021.
Tom (Jan 26, 2004 – May 5, 2020)
Beloved canine companion and collaborator Tom died at age 16. The projects Tom worked on with me were EPIC_Tom, Rockstar, Bikeride, Aria, Wait, and Screen Test – Tom, the Tom and Sugi Climate Emergency Blog, and his Twitter feed (with Sugi) @Tom_and_Sugi. He was a force of nature and creative spirit. I owe my Animal Lover practice to Tom who initially thought up of the idea as a sustained body of work. He was always enthusiastic about participating in the early projects. He retired from art practice in 2014, but continued to be a strong influence and inspiration in my research and work. He is deeply missed.
artist statement included in “My mission…” self-representation, NewMediaFest 2020 wow retro, curated by Agricola de Cologne.
attended “Resistance and Resurgence: Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada,” webinar organized by Feminists Deliver, Vancouver.
interview (Andreyev with Simon Overstall) to appear in forthcoming book: Berland, Jody. Digital Animalities. Toronto: PUBLIC, 2021.
contact: julie @ animallover.ca