Rockstar, 2010, rockvideo, 06’03
A collaboration with Tom (canine)

The canine’s primary way of knowing the world is through the sense of smell, while for humans it is sight. The canine sense of smell is a thousand times more sensitive than that of human’s, pointing to perceptual richness humans can only imagine. It can be argued that the canine experience is similar in richness to human visual experience, but at the same time importantly different. Maybe the pleasure a dog experiences traveling in a car with his head out the window is like a psychedelic experience—a fantastic rush of the senses. In Rockstar, Tom is portrayed close up as he travels in this way. The visual effects and soundscape are a speculation on his emotional experience. The soundtrack is produced from studio recordings of Tom’s voice and from car engine recordings.

Shown at:

  • 2013 “Beyond Human: Artist – Animal Collaborations“, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
  • 2013 screening: “our animal others”, Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film, Durham, Ontario
  • 2012 “performance, platform. body affects”,  Sophiensaele, Berlin
  • 2010 “passages”,  Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada

Production Team:

Julie Andreyev: video and soundscape
Tom: concept, actor, vocals
Simon Lysander Overstall: sound studio recording
Masayo Takada: cinematography
Hao Ting Mai: Research Assistant

Supported by: Intersections Digital Studios, Emily Carr University of Art + Design