November 17-23, 2011
Gallery Gachet
88, East Cordova Street

Wait, 2009, high definition interactive video installation
by Julie Andreyev in collaboration with Tom and Sugi

The companion species relationship is a starting point for the critique explored in Wait. Here, human and animal communication methods are brought to bear within this interactive installation. As a visitor enters the space, a video is automatically triggered from an archive showing a dog walking toward the visitor. If the visitor continues to stand in position, the dog will sit or lie down and ‘wait’, observing the visitor. If the
visitor turns to leave, the dog also walks away. The objective with Wait is to create a moment of recognition for the observer where she may examine her own relationship to companion species.

Wait was produced in coproduction with Banff New Media Institute, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada

Julie Andreyev is an artist whose recent area of practice called Animal Lover explores animal consciousness and creativity through modes of interspecies collaboration and chance, to produce interactive installation, video, social media, and performance. Her work has been shown across Canada, in the US, Europe and Japan in galleries and festivals such as The Vancouver Art Gallery, SIGGRAPH, Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2011, Viper, CHI, Japan Media Arts Festival, Digital Art Weeks, Nuit Blanche. 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. She is Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, and Artistic Director of Interactive Futures,

Tom + Sugi: We’re two dogs who make art, sometimes with Julie, but mostly we just fight. Follow us on Twitter @Tom_and_Sugi

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