EPIC-Tom (the performance)

EPIC-Tom (the Performance), animation and sound performance, 2014-ongoing. In collaboration with Simon Overstall

Soundcloud link to recording of complete performance.

EPIC-Tom (the performance) broadens the field of audio visual performance in significant ways: through the use of interspecies collaborative modes, through the presentation of the canine point of view as an alternative outlook on creativity, and through the expansion of electronic sound using live theremin performance. The project explores the vocals and embodied actions of Tom, Andreyev’s canine collaborator, with a speculative depiction of his euphoric, emotional connection to the world. Through the use of slow motion animation and micro-sound sampling, sight and sound experiment with extensions of time a canine may experience when using focused attention.

The performance displays a projected generative animation of Tom imaged jumping for a ball created from motion capture data. The live granular synthesis soundscape played by Simon Overstall is created from studio recordings of Tom’s vocals and, using “call and response” methods, is accompanied by Andreyev and members of the Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra. The objective of the project is to disrupt anthropocentric views on creativity by depict the canine subjective experience; proposing an account of nonhuman agency and mind, often disregarded in human culture.

Production Team:

Concept, editing, theremin performance: Julie Andreyev
Canine collaborator: Tom
Generative animations, Max software, performance: Simon Overstall
Theremin performance: members of the Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra
Animations and rendering of Tom: Jay White
Motion capture support: Richard Overington + Hyuma Frankowski



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.