Aria, video, 2009, 11’10
co-produced with Banff New Media Institute
vocals and video content provided by Tom and Sugi

Aria explores an archetypal Canadian landscape—Banff National Park—with canine companions Tom and Sugi. The story builds towards the central event of Tom singing an aria, an expression of his emotional connection to the natural environment.

The aria, as an operatic form, has its origins in 18th century Italian music, and is defined as a long accompanied song by a solo voice. The form recalls historical romanticism that emphasizes individual subjectivity. In Aria, subjectivity explored through the role of Tom. The project uses the musical structure of call and response to depict Tom’s curiosity, excitement and joy in relation to the river, meadows, ponds, and forests of the park. The soundtrack is constructed solely from Tom’s voice and from field recordings in the Park’s locations.

Interspecies creative methods were used in the project’s processes, and this determined the narrative structure. While on-site, the dogs decided how they would perform in each location. In the editing stage, each clip was evaluated for its narrative potential, and then compiled into an emergent narrative.

exhibited at:

  • 2013 “our animal others”, Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film, Durham, Ontario
  • 2012, “performance, platform. body affects”,  Sophiensaele, Berlin
  • 2012 “Facing the Animal”, OR Gallery, Vancouver. Curated by Tarah Hogue.
  • 2009 “Animal House: Works of Art Made by Animals”, Saw Gallery, Ottawa
  • 2009 Computational Aesthetics Conference 2009, Victoria, Canada


Production Team:

Julie Andreyev: video editing, production, soundscape
Crew at TV Studio, Banff New Media Institute: cinematography, sound recording
Brian Charles: compositing
Tom and Sugi: concept, actors, vocals

Associated publication:

Andreyev, Julie. “Dog Voice: A Memoir”, Interactive Futures ’11: Animal Influence, Antennae, Issue 21,

Supported by: 

a coproduction residency at Banff New Media Institute, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada;
Intersections Digital Studios, Emily Carr University of Art + Design