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 the final movement of the performance at Pixelache 2016: 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 voice and full-body expression and creativity. The interspecies collaborative project is an exploration into what Tom was thinking and feeling while catching a ball. Could his experience be proto-euphoric—eager, expectant, desirous? This inquiry informed the project’s processes.

Tom contributed movement and vocals via motion capture and sound recording sessions to produce an animation of his body and recordings of his voice. The performance stage explores visualizing and sonifying Tom’s proto-euphoric state in a live setting. Electro-acoustic techniques are used on Tom’s recorded vocals to output a durational call for the participating human musicians’ acoustic responses. Tom’s vocal recording is comprised of 5 utterances that become the basis for 5 movements. Andreyev performs a theremin as one of the responding instruments—its sonic characteristics like voice, even canine voice. The project is intended to be participatory where musicians from the host city contribute.

The performance includes the animation of Tom, complimented by real-time effects, that visually depicts his movement and expression.

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