Curated by Wynne Palmer (LMA residency artist), guest artists Julie Andreyev (Animal Lover) + Tom and Simon Lysander Overstall presented their generative art and audio project accompanied by members of the Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra (VETO), represented by
Julie Andreyev, Wynne Palmer, Erin Brown-John and Ricarda McDonald.
Five movements were performed live using animation and soundscape produced with Tom, Andreyev’s canine collaborator. Tom’s vocal talents and athleticism were explored by Andreyev and Overstall to present an outlook on canine emotion and creativity. During the performance, Andreyev with VETO played theremins and Overstall mixed recordings of Tom’s voice, and his movements, using custom software. The experience was quoted to be 'captivating,' 'enchanting,' and 'a great show.'
Following the performance, the audience was invited to participate in a Q+A session with the artists about their process and details of the project, before they were encouraged to look at the components of the theremins and guided to experience these unique instruments for themselves. Based on Tesla technology and invented by Leon Theremin using radio frequency oscillators, many exclaimed fascination for an instrument that can be played without ever being touched, proclaiming that
'theremins are very cool!'
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
Many thanks to our host and sponsors: Julie Andreyev (Animal Lover) + Tom, Simon Lysander Overstall, Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra, Canada Council for the Arts, LocoMotoArt, VIVO Media Arts Centre, West Point Grey Community Centre and Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.
Tech: Merlyn Chipman
Photos: Yuuko Konish and Wynne Palmer
VANDOCUMENT show review: http://vandocument.com/2014/07/epic-tom/#lightbox[gallery-1]/11/