Simon Lysander Overstall
May 21, 2016
Performance: May 21, 2016, 8:00 pm
Exhibition: May 25 – July 7, 2016
A new commission in live sound + media art
Julie Andreyev and Simon Lysander Overstall
with members of the Regina Symphony Orchestra
Simon MacDonald, violin
Simon Fryer, cello
Marie-Noelle Berthelet, flute
Tickets $10.00 at the door or in advance from Eventbrite.
Concert starts at 8:00pm doors open at 7:45
No admittance after the concert starts.
Reception to follow.
Seating is limited and
NO photography, please.
Art is an intensive practice that can explore new ways of seeing, thinking, sensing.1 EPIC-Tom (the performance) expands on new media performance by considering more-than-human creativity. The human and canine collaborative project was inspired by lived experiences shared together over time. The project’s processes explored how aesthetics and ethics are interconnected when working with other animals. Computational techniques are examined for their potential to provide semblance on more-than-human sensing-thinking-feeling.2 Companion species teach us about more-than-human relating. This life-long affair involves paying attention, developing an awareness of expression and communication, and crafting appropriate responses. One species’ expression and the other’s response build reciprocal relatings of care, states of mind, love, companionship. Relational potentials are at the core of EPIC-Tom where human and canine creativities co-arise. Working interspeciesly necessitates post-anthropocentric approaches, rejecting unfreedom and exploitation for respectful processes that allow for willing participation benefiting all involved. For EPIC-Tom (the performance), ethics of care, biophilic attention, indeterminacy, deep listening, and improvisation are approaches we used. Motion capture, 3D rendering, live animation, and granular synthesis provide computational techniques to trace the canine expression explored in the work.
Simon Lysander Overstall is a computational media artist, and musician/composer from Vancouver, Canada. He develops works with generative, interactive, or performative elements. He is particularly interested in computational creativity in music, physics-based sound synthesis in virtual environments, and biologically and ecologically inspired art and music systems. He has produced custom performance systems and interactive art installations that have been shown in Canada, the US, Europe, and China. He has also composed sound designs and music for dance, theatre, and installations. He has an MA in Sound in New Media at Aalto University in Helsinki, a BFA in Music Composition from the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, and an Associate in Music (Jazz) Diploma from Malaspina University-College.
Julie Andreyev is an artist, vegan, researcher and educator. Andreyev’s art practice, called Animal Lover, explores more-than-human creativity. The projects take the form of new media performance, video installation, generative art, and relational aesthetics. Andreyev’s projects have been shown across Canada, USA, Europe, and Asia, and are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Andreyev is Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. Andreyev is a Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholar completing her PhD at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Her dissertation is an interdisciplinary investigation into an expansion of ethics for Earth others examined through interspecies relational creativity in art processes. The study is supported by a Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.