I am an artist-activist, researcher and educator in Vancouver, located on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the Coast Salish people, including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, as well as the unceded traditional territories of nonhuman animals and plantlife including bears, deers, raccoons, eagles, ravens, crows, hummingbirds, cedars, firs, salals and others.
My multispecies studio called Animal Lover explores more-than-human creativity to develop kinships with local lifeforms and ecologies. I have a PhD from Simon Fraser University, and am Associate Professor in the Audain Faculty of Art, Emily Carr University of Art + Design where I teach New Media + Sound Arts, and Critical Studies. One of my favourite things to do is hiking with my canine companions Zorra and Heroe, paying attention to the liveliness of the animals, trees and plants, and Earth forces. I am currently working on creative co-productions with birds (Bird Park Survival Station), and sound art experiences within old-growth forest ecologies (Branching Songs). My book is Lessons from a Multispecies Art Studio: Uncovering Ecological Understanding & Biophilia Through Creative Reciprocity. Intellect Books, 2021.
contact: jandreyev @ ecuad.ca
I am dedicated to the broad cultural transformation in thought and action that must take place to address the climate emergency and habitat degradations. This includes acknowledging human embeddedness in the natural systems of the Earth, and developing kinships with more-than-human life based on care and reciprocity. My art explores interspecies methods to investigate ethics of reciprocity and ecologization. The projects incorporate knowledge from multispecies studies, ecology, ethology, critical animal studies, ecofeminism and indigenous methodologies. I engage an ethics of respect in each encounter with other beings and am interested in the development of multispecies technologies to support noninvasive more-than-human creativity. I work with forms of media, sound art, immersive projects, performances.
I believe that change is best addressed with local communities. With this in mind, I investigate more-than-human creativity close to home with the intention to generate deep knowledge of the land and multispecies communities. This work involves taking action against unsustainable practices, such as pipelines and other fossil fuel projects, over-logging and habitat destruction. I’m committed to the changes needed for an ecologically-minded future.