Julie Andreyev

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Julie Andreyev
Born 1962
Burnaby, British Columbia
Education Diploma of Fine Arts, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Master of Arts, Simon Fraser University
Known for Multidisciplinary art
Notable work Animal Lover, Vegan Congress, Scratch Theremin, *glisten) HIVE, Rockstar

Julie Andreyev (born 1962) is a Vancouver-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice explores themes of animal agency and consciousness.[1] Her ongoing Animal Lover work explores nonhuman animal agency and creativity through modes of interspecies collaboration and aleatoric methods.[2] The Animal Lover projects seek to contribute towards an ethic of compassion and regard for the intrinsic worth of other-than-human individuals. She was born in Burnaby, British Columbia.


Andreyev received her Diploma of Fine Arts degree from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 1988. She received a Master of Arts degree from the Simon Fraser University in 1999. She is currently a PhD candidate in Graduate Liberal Studies, Simon Fraser University where her research examines compassion as a means for improved human awareness and relationship with more-than-human worlds.[3]


Julie Andreyev is currently an Associate Professor at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and Artistic Director of Interactive Futures.[4]

Her work has been shown across Canada, in the US, Europe and Japan in galleries and festivals such as the Peabody Essex Museum, the Vancouver Art Gallery, SIGGRAPH, Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, Viper, CHI, Japan Media Arts Festival, Digital Art Weeks, and Nuit Blanche.[5]


Andreyev's art is concerned with issues surrounding new media, social media, technology and human/nonhuman relationships. The Animal Lover projects are often produced in collaboration with companion dogs Tom and Sugi where respect, fun and challenge are employed in the process. The dogs participate directly in the research and content creation of the work by suggesting ideas for projects and by determining the material for production. Also, aleatoric and improvisational methods are used that provide for a chance, open-ended expectation, surprise and learning.[6]

Her work is support by The Canada Council for the Arts, The British Columbia Arts Council, Foreign Affairs Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).[7]

The following are some examples of her work.

Vegan Congress[edit]

Andreyev is founding member of the Vegan Congress, an activist group that creates relational projects to help develop discourse and practical ethics and provides events and information about vegan practice. One of the objectives of the project is to make ethical practice more visible within the community. Currently, the Vegan Congress consists of like-minded faculty, staff and students at Emily Carr University who practice veganism.[8]

Scratch Theremin[edit]

For Scratch Theremin, Andreyev works with canine Tom using interactive software and a theremin to produce a collaborative improvisational interspecies performance.[9] The aim of the project is to advance methods of improvisation and active listening, proposing live audio soundscapes that mesh canine sounds with electroacoustic practice. In the process of developing this performance, a custom built theremin, that incorporates a rug as an interface, was created to allow Tom to use scratch and digging gestures to create sound, accompanied by a diverse range of vocalization.[10] These studio performances are audio recorded for use later in the live performance where they are remixed into a new experimental improvisational soundscape. Andreyev accompanies Tom's vocals and rhythms with her own live theremin and software performance. [11]

*glisten) HIVE[edit]

*glisten) HIVE is a digital media project commissioned by 'CODE Live 2' for the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, in which Twitter posts about animal consciousness were visualized in a real-time exhibition space. The collective online communication from participants were visualized as emergent swarms of text, and incorporated a soundscape of vocalizations from Andreyev's dog, Tom.[12]


For this video work, Andreyev uses audio and visual representations of her canine companion Tom to speculate on his subjective and emotional experience traveling in a car by examining the notion that a canine's sense of smell is a locus for heightened sensitivity and empirical intelligence. The visuals refer to a psychedelic experience, metaphorically representing Tom's experience. The visuals are accompanied by a soundscape constructed from studio recordings of Tom's voice and car engine sounds to create connotative rhythmic and harmonic modes.[13]

Tom and Sugi Blog / @Tom_and_Sugi[edit]

The Tom and Sugi Blog and @Tom_and_Sugi are social media projects, maintained as part of Andreyev's ongoing interspecies collaborative Animal Lover projects, in which animal consciousness and creativity is explored through compassionate means of interactive installation, video and social media.[14] The projects use a Twitter feed to represent the first person point of view of the canines Tom and Sugi and their everyday activities.[15] The blog represent a human reflection on the subjective experience of the canines in their relationship to the artist.[16]

Selected Exhibitions[edit]



  • Interactive Futures '11: Animal Influence, Vancouver[20]
  • Random Elements – a Celebration of Iannis Xenakis, Vancouver New Music, Vancouver
  • Tracing Home, SIGGRAPH 2011 Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC[21]
  • Signal & Noise Festival, VIVO, Vancouver, BC[22]
  • User in Flux, CHI Workshop 2011, Vancouver, BC


  • Taking Time, Surrey Urban Screen, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, Canada[23]
  • Information, Ecology, Wisdom, The 3rd Art and Science International Exhibition, Beijing
  • performance, platform. body affects, Sophiensaele, Berlin[24]
  • Vanimaux II, Remington/Gam Gallery, Vancouver[25]
  • Facing the Animal, OR Gallery, Vancouver[26]
  • Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra, Utopia Festival, W2, Vancouver[27]


  • Beyond Human: Artist – Animal Collaborations, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.[28]
  • 2000 Meilen Unter Dem Meer, Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra, VIVO, Vancouver[29]

Awards and Grants[edit]

  • Doctoral Award, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Provost's Prize of Distinction, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
  • Special Graduate Entrance Award, Graduate Studies, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
  • Travel Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts
  • New Media and Audio Art Production Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts
  • Public Outreach: Summer Institute, Workshop and Conference Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Professional Project Assistance for Media Arts Organizations, British Columbia Arts Council
  • Image, Text, Sound and Technology: Summer Institute, Workshop, Conference Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Visual and Media Arts Grant, Arts Promotion Division, Foreign Affairs Canada
  • Project Assistance For Media Artists, British Columbia Arts Council
  • Project Assistance for Visual Artists, British Columbia Arts Council
  • Strategic Research Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Interactive Award (Nominee)
  • MAD '03NET Project Award, 2nd International Meeting of Experimental Arts in Madrid
  • Creation/Production Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts
  • Graduate Fellowship, Graduate Liberal Studies, Simon Fraser University


  • "Why Look at Animals in Landscapes?", catalogue essay in The Reflexive Animal, SFU Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada. 2012
  • "Endangered Whales and Dolphins Affected by Tankers", The Common Sense Canadian, July 16, 2012[30]
  • "Dog Voice: A Memoir", Interactive Futures '11: Animal Influence, Antennae, Issue 21, 2012[31]
  • "People Respond to Images that Provide Hope", interview with Sam Easterson, Interactive Futures '11: Animal Influence, Antennae, Issue 22, 2012
  • "Wait", Leonardo, Special Issue Volume 44, Number 4, ACM SIGGRAPH, MIT Press, Leonardo/ISAST, Cambridge, Mass., USA
  • "Animal Lover: Aria", Art Catalogue/Computational Aesthetics 2009, Eurographics Association, Germany.
  • "Four Wheel Drift," (with Petra Watson), Transdisciplinary Digital Art: Sound, Vision and the New Screen, Randy Adams, Steve Gibson, Stefan Muller-Arisona (Eds), Springer, Berlin.
  • "I Want More Life Fucker!" catalogue essay for exhibition Welcome to the Desert of the Real, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr Institute of Art, Design & Media, Vancouver.
  • "The Last Seduction: Theorizing the Cinematic Female Killer", Foundational Narratives: Proceedings from the Foundational Narratives Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Stephen Collis and Sharon-Ruth Alker, eds., Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC
  • "The Blasphemous Image: Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto and Representations of the Cyborg in Popular Film", The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies, Volume III, Number 2, Spring, 1998, R. Barry Levis ed., NC State University, Raleigh, USA.


  1. ^ Stephan Hui, "Vegan Congress takes form at Emily Carr University of Art + Design", The Straight, January 16, 2014
  2. ^ http://julieandreyev.com/bio/
  3. ^ 2013 Doctoral Candidates "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-01-28.  Retrieved January 26, 2014
  4. ^ "Julie Andreyev, Martha González Palacios, Nick Lakowski, Gwenessa Lam, Jeremy Isao Speier, Marlene Yuen: Ground Zero Redux", UNIT/PITT Projects
  5. ^ ECUAD Faculty Research: People http://research.ecuad.ca/associatedprojects/people/julie-andreyev/ Retrieved January 26, 2014
  6. ^ "Interactive Futures '11: Presenters" Archived 2014-02-20 at the Wayback Machine., Interactive Futures, July 31, 2011
  7. ^ http://www.ecuad.ca/people/profile/14527
  8. ^ Stephan Hui, "Vegan Congress takes form at Emily Carr University of Art + Design", The Straight, January 16, 2014
  10. ^ "Beyond Human: Artist-Animal Collaborations", Peabody Essex Museum
  11. ^ "Interactive Futures '11: Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra" Archived 2014-02-20 at the Wayback Machine., Interactive Futures, September 28, 2011
  12. ^ Heidi May, "Julie Andreyev: I Tweet, Therefore I am", Canadian Art, May 27, 2010
  13. ^ "Performance, Platform: Body Affects" Retrieved Jan 28, 2014
  14. ^ "iDMAa 2010: Speakers" Retrieved January 27, 2014
  15. ^ Animal Lover: Tom and Sugi Twitter feed
  16. ^ Animal Lover: Tom and Sugi Blog
  17. ^ "Mississauga Drift and Animal Love: Interview with Julie Andreyev" Art Gallery of Mississauga: 905 Art Chat, August 31, 2010
  18. ^ http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_cue.html Vancouver Art Gallery: Past Exhibitions, Retrieved January 27, 2014
  19. ^ "Code Live" Archived 2014-02-03 at the Wayback Machine. Hybridity Music
  20. ^ "Interactive Futures '11: Presenters" Archived 2014-02-20 at the Wayback Machine., Interactive Futures, July 31, 2011
  21. ^ "Tracing Home: SIGGRAPH 2011 Art Gallery", Leonardo Online, July 13, 2011
  22. ^ Sky Hester, "Signal and Noise 2011: Make Some Noise" Archived 2014-02-02 at the Wayback Machine. Discorder Magazine, June 20, 2011
  23. ^ City of Surrey: Taking Time http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/13686.aspx
  24. ^ Creating with Animals: Videoscreening http://www.sophiensaele.com/archiv.php?IDstueck=1009&hl=de
  25. ^ "VANIMAUX II: Opening & Issue 10 Release! " Archived 2015-12-28 at the Wayback Machine., SAD MAG, July 16, 2012
  26. ^ Facing the Animal http://www.orgallery.org/facing-the-animal
  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  28. ^ http://www.pem.org/exhibitions/161-pems_new_art_nature_center_opens_with_beyond_human_artist-animal_collaborations
  29. ^ 2000 Meilen Unter Dem Meer :: 2000 Miles Under the Sea "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  30. ^ Julie Andreyev, "Endangered Whales and Dolphins Affected by Tankers" The Common Sense Canadian, July 16, 2012
  31. ^ http://www.antennae.org.uk/ANTENNAE%20ISSUE%2021.pdf Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture Issue 21 Summer 2012

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