Responding to Dogs


  • Julie Andreyev



This essay explores the author’s significant experiences with canine companions Tom and Sugi, and the day-to-day events that led to interspecies collaborative art productions. The essay asks, can ethics of care be integrated into aesthetic processes with more-than-human others, specifically dogs? The investigation weaves interpersonal relatings and respectful human-canine discussion into an argument for communication ethics. Interspecies communication is explored for its response potential—compassionate action based on sensing and feeling, combined with respect for difference. The essay focuses on the creative processes of EPIC_Tom (2014-16), a performance and installation project carried out with the participation of the dogs. Their vocal and gestural communications are explored using new media forms, and music and sound-making methods, such as deep listening, call and response, and musicking. The project proposes methods that allow for the relinquishment of human-centric authorship for potentials offered by interspecies creativity.


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Author Biography

Julie Andreyev

Julie Andreyev is an artist, 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. An Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, she is also co-founder of the relational art group Vegan Congress ( that holds events intended to develop awareness and compassion for nonhuman beings. Andreyev is a Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholar completing her PhD at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Her dissertation is an interdisciplinary investigation into an expansion of ethics for more-than-human beings examined through interspecies relational creativity in art processes. This research is supported by a Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.




How to Cite

Andreyev, Julie. 2017. “Responding to Dogs”. Humanimalia 8 (2):108-49.