EPIC_Tom, interspecies audio-visual performance (approx. 30 min), 2014-ongoing.
In collaboration with Simon Lysander Overstall and Tom

—video shows an excerpt of a performance at Pixelache 2016: Interfaces for Empathy, Helsinki, Finland, September 24, with participating musicians—Erkki Joutseno on percussion, and Grisell Macdonal on standing bass.—

EPIC_Tom expands on new media performance by incorporating canine voice and movement. For this performance, the artists ask the audience to consider what a dog is experiencing the moment just before catching a ball. Could it be proto-euphoric—eager, expectant, desirous? The performance explores visualizing and sonifying, in a live setting, canine collaborator Tom’s state of mind. The performance works with movement and vocal recordings contributed by Tom in motion capture and sound studio sessions. Electro-acoustic techniques are used on the recordings of Tom’s voice to output a durational call for participating human musicians’ acoustic responses. The project is intended to be participatory where musicians from the host city contribute. The project can be exhibited as a gallery installation following a performance.

“These collaborations culminate in new media works that provide conduits into more-than-human subjectivities, activating through representational ethics an emergent aesthetic that is both process-oriented and participatory in nature.” —Penny Leong (2019)

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

performances + exhibitions:

Associated publications:

Andreyev, Julie. “Responding to Dogs.” Humanimalia: a journal of human / animal interface studies, Vol. 8, number 22, Spring 2017, DePauw University (USA). Web. http://www.depauw.edu/site/humanimalia/

Leong, Penny. “Other Beings, Julie Andreyev.” Espace 121 Animal Point of View, hiver/winter 2019, Montreal.

Supported by:

Intersections Digital Studios, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver.
VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver
Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum, Regina, Canada