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Ever wonder what a dog experiences when chasing a ball? Julie Andreyev, Simon Overstall and the Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra will perform EPIC-Tom, a live animation and soundscape produced in collaboration with Tom, Andreyev’s canine collaborator. Tom’s vocal talents and athleticism are explored by Andreyev, and Overstall to present an outlook on canine emotion and creativity.  During the performance, Andreyev and VETO play theremins and Overstall mixes recordings of Tom’s voice, and his movements, using custom software.


Thursday, July 17, 2014. 7 - 8:30PM

EPIC-Tom (the performance)

Performed by: Julie Andreyev (Animal Lover) and Simon Overstall

with the Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra

Curated by: Wynne Palmer

Aberthau Mansion - West Point Grey, 4397 W2nd Ave. Vancouver

Door: By donation

Concession: LocoMotoArt


EPIC-Tom Production Team:
Video, performance: Julie Andreyev

Generative animations, software, performance: Simon Overstall

Animations and rendering: Jay White

Canine collaborator: Tom
Motion capture support: Richard Overington + Hyuma Frankowski


Julie Andreyev is an artist whose recent area of practice called Animal Lover ( explores animal creativity and communication through modes of interspecies collaboration and aleatoric methods, to produce interactive installation, video, social media, and performance projects. She works primarily with her two companion dogs Tom and Sugi (, Twitter: @Tom_and_Sugi). Her work has been shown across Canada, the US, Europe, China and Japan. Andreyev’s work is supported 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. Her PhD research explores compassion as a means for improved human awareness and relationships with the more-than-human world. She is Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, and Artistic Director of Interactive Futures, (


Simon Lysander Overstall is an artist working in digital arts, in particular music, sound, and interactive art. He has a BFA in Music Composition from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Currently he is completing an MA in Sound In New Media at Aalto University, Finland, and holds a position with the Sound and Physical Interaction research group.


Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra (VETO) is the only theremin orchestra in Canada, and one of a few worldwide. Each member of the orchestra has a uniquely tuned instrument that contributes to the richness of the sound created by this ensemble. The Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra (VETO) was formed by the participants in a theremin-building workshop held at VIVO Media Arts Centre in Vancouver, BC in the summer of 2011. VETO was formed out of and continues to be supported by the Education Program at VIVO Media Arts Centre. Find us on our Facebook Page.


Special Thanks: Julie Andreyev + Tom (Animal Lover) and Simon Overstall, VETO, Canada Council for the Arts, VIVO Media Arts Centre, LocoMotoArt, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and West Point Grey Community Centre.