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 4 min excerpt of performance, Pixelache: Interfaces for Empathy, Helsinki, Finland, September 24, with musicians—Erkki Joutseno on percussion, and Grisell Macdonal on standing bass.—

EPIC_Tom expands on new media art by considering canine vocal and embodied communication and creativity. The interspecies collaborative project is an exploration into what Tom was thinking and feeling while chasing and catching a ball.  Tom contributed movement and vocals via motion capture studio and sound recording sessions. Biophilic attention, in the form of thinking-feeling-like-a-dog, was an empathic technique we used to sense his experience during these sessions. Could his experience be proto-euphoric—eager, expectant, desirous? This inquiry informed the processes for generating the audio and visual material for the performance and installation.

The performance explores visualizing and sonifying Tom’s proto-euphoric state in a live setting. The animation of Tom is complimented with real-time visual effects. Software granular treatments on Tom’s recorded vocals are generated live by Overstall to output a durational call for the participating human musicians’ acoustic responses. (The musicians in the performance are site-specific participants from the hosting city.) Andreyev performs with a theremin as one of the responding instruments—its sonic characteristics like voice, even canine voice.

The project can be exhibited as a gallery installation following a performance. This involves the installation of our 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:

Julie Andreyev: theremin performance
Simon Overstall: Max/MSP software, granular soundscape performance
Tom: concept, actor, vocals
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:

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.
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Intersections Digital Studios, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver.

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VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver

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Installation commissioned by Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum, Regina, Canada