Bio + artist statement + contact

Bio: Julie Andreyev is a Vancouver based artist-activist, researcher and educator. Her multispecies studio practice, called Animal Lover, explores more-than-human creativity and ways of knowing. The Animal Lover works have been shown locally, nationally and internationally. Andreyev has published her research in academic journals, books, catalogues and magazines. Her forthcoming book Lessons from a Multispecies Art Studio: Uncovering Ecological Understanding & Biophilia Through Creative Reciprocity is in the publishing stage with Intellect Books, UK. ETA: fall 2021. Her research and artwork are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Andreyev has a PhD from Simon Fraser University, and is Associate Professor in the Audain Faculty of Art, Emily Carr University of Art + Design where she teaches New Media + Sound Arts, Critical Studies and Foundation courses. Andreyev enjoys walking with her canine collaborators, Heroe and Zorra, paying attention to the liveliness of the local animals, trees and plants, and Earth forces. 

She is currently working on creative co-productions with birds (Bird Park Survival Station), and creating immersive media depicting experiences within old-growth forest ecologies (Wild Empathy).


contact: jandreye @ ecuad.ca

Artist statement: 
I am dedicated to the broad cultural transformation in thought and action that must take place If we are to move towards a future of holistic planetary survival. This transformation includes an acknowledgment of human embeddedness in the natural systems of the Earth, and new kinships with nonhumans modeled on respect and care. My art explores interspecies methods to investigate ethics of ecologization and kinship with nonhuman lifeforms. The projects incorporate knowledges from ecology, cognitive ethology, critical animal studies, ecofeminism and indigenous methodologies, to create expanded human attention towards nonhuman creativity. I research interspecies methods that include an ethics of autonomy in each encounter with other beings. I’m interested in the development of multi-species technologies to support noninvasive creative interspecies collaboration. So far, my collaborative art outcomes are in the forms of new media installations, sound art, immersive projects, performances and relational art.

I believe that change is best addressed in my local communities, including the nonhuman  ones. With this in mind, I investigate creativity with species close to my home—the Pacific Northwest—with the intention to generate deep knowledge on the land, and our interspecies communities. This work also involves taking action against unsustainable practices such as pipelines and other fossil fuel projects, over-logging and habitat destruction. Not only in my art, but in the rest of my life, I’m committed to the changes needed for a better future. I’ve reduced my carbon footprint, based on findings from climate science; I’ve been vegan for the past 10 years (vegetarian for 5 years before that); I’ve drastically reduced my flying; installed an electric motor on my bike and use this for regular commuting to the University and to run errands. I gave up owning a car and joined a car co-op for trips I can’t make on my bike. I’m incrementally going off fossil fuels in my home by switching to renewable energies. I’m working on the reduction of my overall consumption by repairing, re-using and up-scaling.

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