EPIC-Tom (the performance)

EPIC-Tom (the Performance), interspecies audio-visual and theremin performance, 30:00, 2014-ongoing.
A collaboration with Simon Lysander Overstall, and Tom (canine)

Vimeo above is a 03:20 min excerpt of the full performance.
Click here for Vimeo link to complete performance.

EPIC-Tom (the performance) broadens the field of new media performance through its interspecies collaboration. The project explores Tom’s cognitive intensity through his vocals and embodied actions. The use of live animation and micro-sound sampling experiment with extensions of time and experience of space a canine may have when focused on the task at hand. Tom’s vocal recordings are treated using custom software to create an experimental live generated soundscape.  Using call and response methods, Andreyev accompanies on her theremin. The performance includes a live generative animation of Tom imaged jumping for a ball, created using previous motion capture data of his movements. The intention of the project is to consider canine subjectivity, drawing attention to nonhuman agency and mind.

Production Team:

Julie Andreyev: concept, editing, theremin performance
Simon Overstall: Max/MSP software, performance
Tom: concept, actor, vocals
Jay White: animation of Tom
Richard Overington + Hyuma Frankowski: motion capture support


Supported by:

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Intersections Digital Studios, Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver