Julie Andreyev

GLS/SAR PhD Candidate

Education

  • Emily Carr Diploma Fine Arts, 1988
  • MA, GLS, SFU, 1999
  • PhD, GLS/SAR, SFU, 2017

Biography

Julie Andreyev is an artist, researcher, educator and vegan. Andreyev’s art practice, called Animal Lover examines animal agency and creativity using modes of interspecies collaboration. The projects take the form of new media performance, video and generative installation, and relational art. In the projects with the two companion dogs Tom and Sugi (www.tomandsugi.com,  twitter: @Tom_and_Sugi) respect, fun and challenge are employed in the process. The Animal Lover projects have been shown across Canada, USA, Europe, and Asia, and are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Andreyev is Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and Artistic Director of a triannual symposium/exhibition called Interactive Futures. She is co-founder of the art group Vegan Congress, that holds relational events intended to develop awareness and compassion towards nonhuman beings. Andreyev is a Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholar completing her PhD research at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. The research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Research Description

Andreyev’s dissertation titled Biophilic Ethics and Creativity with More-Than-Human Beings is an interdisciplinary investigation into an expansion of ethics for more-than-human beings, examined through interspecies relational creativity in art processes. 

Abstract: Anthropocentric views historically have limited the potential of respect for other-than-human beings by promoting ideologies of human exceptionalism with regard to consciousness, reason and language. The doctrine of human supremacy has become normalized in capitalistic cultures, driving the domination and exploitation of other beings and natural systems for their ‘use-value’ as ‘resource,’ leading to today’s catastrophic harms of climate change, species extinction, ocean acidification, industrial farming, and animal slavery. As a means to counteract anthropocentrisms, this thesis proposes biophilic ethics and its constituent details—communicative ethics, biophilic attention, intentional relationality, interspecies generative indeterminacy—explored through art-action. The interdisciplinary investigation looks at methodologies in philosophy, ethics of care, ecofeminism, cognitive ethology, biology, naturalist methods, and aesthetics that interrogate beliefs in human superiority, and propose relational approaches to situate the human alongside Earth’s other beings within our shared ecosystems. The epistemological investigation is woven into ontological explorations rooted relational events that happened while conducting interspecies processes in Andreyev's art practice over the past decade. Each creative instance—with dogs, crows and stones, fishes, and forests—is examined for potentials towards ecological understanding and compassionate action.

The thesis expands on previous thought with regard to biophilic ethics by arguing that love for life is a lived-condition beyond human-centred values. Other beings are themselves biophilic—interested in their lives, their families, communities, and cultures. This expansion of biophilic ethics is explored through proto-ethical potentialities that emerge in more-than-human relational encounters. The exploration combines epistemological and ontological investigations with ethics of care to include respect for the autonomy of other beings. Ethics of care calls into question objectivist and utilitarian methods, and instead promotes compassionate practices to sense and feel our interdependent relations.

The attendant details of biophilic ethics proposed in the thesis are adaptations of previous thought, expanded through historical and contemporary aesthetic methodologies. Communication ethics calls for improved relations with other animals through developments in understanding about differing modes of perception and communication. The expansion on this thought is explored through applied interactions with other beings for interspecies communication potentials. Biophilic attention is a development of aesthetic observational techniques, proposing expanded attention towards other beings in relation to one’s own sensing-feeling-thinking in the world. Intentional relationality is proposed as respect for differing minds and life projects, emerging through interspecies participatory art methods that provide open-ended collaborative inquiry. Interspecies generative indeterminacy is informed by thought on agential intra-action combined with generative and indeterminacy methods first articulated in mid-twentieth century practices and more recently explored in computational art. These details of biophilic ethics are examined within ranges of locatedness—the home, the neighbourhood, the territory, the Earth.

Selected Art Works and Their Exhibitions/Performances

Salmon People (2014-15), collaboration with Simon Overstall, generative video + sound installation

  • 2015 exhibition: “Salmon People”, Surrey Urbanscreen, Surrey, Canada.
  • 2015 exhibition: “Salmon People”, Videographe, Montreal. Curated by Brenda Cleniuk, Neutral Ground Gallery, Regina, Canada
  • 2014 exhibition: “Interactive Futures 2014: More-Than-Human Worlds”, Emily Carr University, Vancouver

EPIC-Tom (the performance) (2014), collaboration with Simon Overstall and Tom, generative video + sound performance

  • 2016, Sept 24  “EPIC_Tom”, performance, Pixelache: Interfaces for Empathy, Helsinki, Finland, September 22-25, with musicians—Erkki Joutseno on percussion, and Grisell Macdonal on standing bass.
  • 2016, May 25 – July 7:  “EPIC_Tom”, exhibition installation curated by Brenda Cleniuk. A new commission by Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum, Regina.
  • 2016, May 21: Performance with members of the Regina Symphony Orchestra—Simon MacDonald violin, Simon Fryer cello, Marie-Noelle Berthelet flute—curated by Brenda Cleniuk, Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum, Regina.2014  with the Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra, Aberthau Mansion, July 17.
  • 2014: “Interactive Futures 2014: More-Than-Human Worlds”, Emily Carr University. Apr 24.
  • 2013: “Beyond Human: Artist Animal Collaborations”, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.

Vegan Congress (2013-ongoing), relational art group

  • 2016-2017: “Animal Reading Group”, Simon Fraser University
  • 2015 relational events: “How Vegan Are You? Slide Show”, Mar 17-21, Abe Rogatnick Media Gallery, Emily Carr University
  • 2015 “Compassion Manifesto”, Mar 19, Abe Rogatnick Media Gallery, Emily Carr University
  • 2015 “Compassion Fashion”, Mar 18, Abe Rogatnick Media Gallery, Emily Carr University
  • 2015 “How Vegan Are You? Photo Booth”, Mar 17, Abe Rogatnick Media Gallery, Emily Carr University
  • 2015 “Vegan Tea Party”, Mar 16, Abe Rogatnick Media Gallery, Emily Carr University
  • “Wild Co-Existence”, Oct 15, Intersections Digital Studios, Emily Carr University
  • 2014 “Milk + Kindness”, Apr 2, Intersections Digital Studios, Emily Carr University
  • 2014 “Love + Chocolate”, Feb 26, Intersections Digital Studios, Emily Carr University
  • 2014 “Vegan Tasting with Preet Marwaha”, Jan 22, Intersections Digital Studios, Emily Carr University

Rockstar (2010), collaboration with Tom, video 06’09

  • 2013 exhibition: “Beyond Human: Artist Animal Collaborations”, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.
  • 2013 screening: “our animal others”, Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film, Durham, Ontario
  • 2012 screening: “performance, platform. body affects”, Sophiensaele, Berlin
  • 2010 solo exhibition: “passages”, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga

Wait (2011), collaboration with Simon Overstall, Tom and Sugi, interactive video installation

  • 2011 exhibition: “Animal Influence” Interactive Futures ’11: Animal Influence, Gallery Gachet, Vancouver
  • 2011 exhibition: “Tracing Home - Selections from SIGGRAPH 2011” Museum of Campbell River, BC
  • 2011 exhibition: “Tracing Home” Art Gallery, SIGGRAPH 2011, Vancouver

*glisten) HIVE (2010), collaboration with Simon Overstall, interactive video installation

  • 2014 exhibition: “Urban Beeing”, Školská 28, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • 2012 exhibition: The 3rd Art and Science International Exhibition, Beijing
  • 2011 exhibition: User in Flux exhibition, CHI Workshop 2011, Vancouver
  • 2010 exhibition: Code Live 2, commissioned by Cultural Olympiad Digital Edition, Vancouver

Screen Test - Tom (2010), in collaboration with Tom video, 04’05

  • 2012 exhibition: “Vanimaux”, curated by Katie Stewart, Remington/Gam Gallery, Vancouver
  • 2010 solo exhibition: “passages”, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga

Screen Test - Sugi (2009), in collaboration with Sugi, video, 04’05

  • 2012 exhibition: “Vanimaux”, curated by Katie Stewart, Remington/Gam Gallery, Vancouver
  • 2010 solo exhibition: “passages”, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga
  • 2010 exhibition: CUE: Artists’ Videos, Vancouver Art Gallery, curated by Daina Augaitis and Christopher Eamon

Bikeride (2009), in collaboration with Tom and Sugi, video loop, 04’47

  • 2012 exhibition: “Taking Time”, Surrey Urban Screen, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, Canada
  • 2010 solo exhibition: “passages”, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga
  • 2010 exhibition: CUE: Artists’ Videos, Vancouver Art Gallery, curated by Daina Augaitis and Christopher Eamon

Aria (2009), in collaboration with Tom and Sugi, video, 11’10

  • 2013 screening: “our animal others”, Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film, Durham, Ontario
  • 2012 screening: “performance, platform. body affects”, Sophiensaele, Berlin
  • 2012 installation: “Facing the Animal”, curated by Tarah Hogue, OR Gallery, Vancouver

Selected Artist Talks, Paper Presentations and Panels

  • 2016 paper presentation : “How do I respond to a crow? intra-species generative indeterminacy as biophilic aesthetics”, Graduate Liberal Studies Conference, Simon Fraser University, Canada.
  • 2015 paper presentation: “Salmon People”, Surrey Urbanscreen, Surrey City Hall, Surrey, Canada.
  • 2015 moderator: AnimalFest 2015, University of British Columbia.
  • 2014 paper presentation: “Dependent Co-arising: Hyperbolic Ethics in Interspecies Ecopoetics”, Flow and Fracture from North America to Europe and Beyond: Reflections, Refractions and Diffractions within the Ecopoetic Avant-Garde, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
  • 2014 paper presentation: “Applying Compassionate Interactions and Hyperbolic Ethics in Interspecies Collaborative Art”, Interactive Futures 2014: More-Than-Human Worlds, Compassionate Interactions and the Ethics of Aesthetics, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver
  • 2014 artist talk: “Animal Lover”, Human relations with other animals: from the home front to the wild side, NASCAD and Dalhousie University, Halifax.
  • 2012 artist talk: “Animal Lover”, Utopia Festival, Vancouver
  • 2012 artist talk: “Taking Time”, Surrey Urban Screen, Surrey, Canada
  • 2011 paper presentation: “Animal Voice”, Interactive Futures ’11: Animal Influence
  • 2011 artist talk: “Wait”, SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, Vancouver
  • 2011 panel: *glisten) HIVE”, User in Flux Workshop, CHI Conference, Vancouver
  • 2010 artist talk: “Digital Installation”, International Digital Media and Arts Association Conference, Vancouver
  • 2010 artist talk: “Drifting the City: Participatory Engagement to Mobilize the Artists' Studio”, City Centered: A Festival of Locative Media and Urban Community, San Francisco

Recent Publications

  • 2017 - “Responding to Dogs.” Istvan Csicsery-Ronay (ed.)  Humanimalia: a journal of human / animal interface studies, Vol. 8, number 22, Spring 2017, DePauw University (USA). Web. Available at:  http://www.depauw.edu/site/humanimalia/
  • 2016 - “Compassion Manifesto: An Ethics for Art + Design and Animals.” New Critical Perspectives on Veganism. Castricano, Jodey and Rasmus R. Simonsen (Eds.) Palgrave MacMillan.
  • 2015 - “Canine Haiku.” The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada, ALECC (Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada), Laurier University, http://scholars.wlu.ca/thegoose. Web.
  • 2012 - “Why Look at Animals in Landscapes.” The Reflexive Animal, SFU Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada. Print.
  • 2012 - “Dog Voice: A Memoir”, Antennae: The Journal of Nature and Visual Culture, Issue 21, www.antennae.org.uk.
  • 2012 - “People Respond to Images that Provide Hope”, interview with Sam Easterson, Antennae: The Journal of Nature and Visual Culture, Issue 22, www.antennae.org.uk.
  • 2011 - “Wait”, Leonardo, Special Issue Volume 44, Number 4, ACM SIGGRAPH, MIT Press, Leonardo/ISAST, Cambridge, Mass.. Print.

Recent Awards and Grants

  • 2017 - Co-investigator (with Dr. Cissie Fu/ ECU), Internal Research Grant, Emily Carr University
  • 2016 - Co-investigator (with Paul Walde/ UVic)  Internal Research Grant, Emily Carr University
  • 2016 - Travel Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts
  • 2016 - Travel Grant, Graduate Liberal Studies, Simon Fraser University
  • 2014 - Travel Grant, Graduate Liberal Studies, Simon Fraser University
  • 2013 - GRAND AD-NODE Project Fund (project seed funding), Emily Carr University
  • 2013 - Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2013 - Provost’s Prize of Distinction, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
  • 2013 - Special Graduate Entrance Award, Graduate Studies, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
  • 2013 - Travel Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts
  • 2012 - Travel Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts
  • 2011 - New Media and Audio Art Production Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts
  • 2011 - Public Outreach: Summer Institute, Workshop and Conference Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (co-investigator: for Interactive Futures 11: Animal Influence)
  • 2011 - Professional Project Assistance for Media Arts Organizations, British Columbia Arts Council
  • 2010 - Travel Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts

Curatorial & Community Development

  • 2014 - Artistic Director (for conference/exhibition), Interactive Futures 2014: More-Than-Human Worlds, Compassionate Interactions and the Ethics of Aesthetics, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver
  • 2013 - Founding member: Vegan Congress. www.facebook.com/vegancongress
  • 2011 - Artistic Director (for conference/exhibition), Interactive Futures 2011: Animal Influence, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver
  • 2011 - Local partner producer for “User In Flux” exhibition for Computer Human Interface conference, Vancouver

Courses Taught  (2012 - present)

  • FVIM331: Experimental Practices, Art + Ecology, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • FVIM333: Media Practices, Acoustic Ecology, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • FNDT160: Core Media, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • SOCS301: Meanings of New Technologies, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • SOCS302: Ethics of Representation, Becoming More-Than-Human, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • ISMA200: Interactive + Social Media Arts - Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • ISMA207: Video for Social Media - Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • ISMA410: Interactive + Social Media Arts (Advanced II) - Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • MHIS207: Interactivity + New Media - Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • HUMN305: Studies in the Humanities special topics: Critical Animal Studies - Emily Carr University of Art + Design