EPIC_Tom

EPIC_Tom, interspecies audio-visual performance (approx. 30 min) and
installation, 2014-ongoing.
In collaboration with Simon Lysander Overstall and Tom

—video shows an excerpt of a performance at Pixelache 2016: Interfaces for Empathy, Helsinki, Finland, September 24, with participating musicians—Erkki Joutseno on percussion, and Grisell Macdonal on standing bass.—

EPIC_Tom expands on new media performance by incorporating canine voice and creativity. For this interspecies project, the artists ask: what is a dog experiencing the moment just before catching a ball? Could it be proto-euphoric—eager, expectant, desirous? The performance explores visualizing and sonifying, in a live setting, canine collaborator Tom’s state of mind.

The performance works with movement and vocal material contributed by Tom in motion capture and sound recording sessions. Electro-acoustic techniques are used on Tom’s recorded voice to output a durational call for participating human musicians’ acoustic responses. Tom’s vocalization, comprised of 5 utterances, is extended by Overstall using computational processes to generate 5 sonic movements, to which Andreyev performs responses with a theremin—its sonic characteristics like voice, even canine voice. The performance includes an animation of Tom generated by motion capture data, complimented by real-time effects. The project is intended to be participatory where musicians from the host city contribute.

The project can be exhibited as a gallery installation following a performance. This involves the installation of custom software that plays a live version of the animation projected as a single channel visual, and a real-time multichannel soundscape that includes recordings of the local participating musicians.

Production Team:

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

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Associated publication:

Andreyev, Julie. “Responding to Dogs.” Istvan Csicsery-Ronay (ed.)  Humanimalia: a journal of human / animal interface studies, Vol. 8, number 22, Spring 2017, DePauw University (USA). Web. http://www.depauw.edu/site/humanimalia/

Supported by:

Intersections Digital Studios, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver.
VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver
Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum, Regina, Canada