At the Upgrade Julie Andreyev presented work from a couple of past projects including VJ Fleet and Circuit Van, as well as discussing an offshoot project called Four Wheel Drift, which was presented at Interactive Futures in Victoria, Canada, and Splintermind in Stockholm in May 2004.
VJ-Fleet, a mobile audio-visual public performance focusing on VJ and local car cultures in the creation and projection of video and sound. The project consists of local customized cars equipped with wi-fi receiving and VJ technologies that mix files created by on-site video and sound artists. Each car produces an audio mix for FM radio broadcast and a video mix for projection on the rear windshield. VJ-Fleet offers a model for transient, mobile public art, bridging audiences through the combination of art practices and popular cultures.
Four Wheel Drift proposes to explore the city as mobile tableaux in order to link up and investigate public spaces. In the work, video representations of site, space and location of the city are interwoven with aspects of audiovisual representation that take their motivation from popular culture. Using a similar setup to that seen in VJ Fleet, Four Wheel Drift focusses more on the links between the setting of the vehicle and the effect upon the live image that is created using Jitter.
Julie Andreyev is a visual artist whose work is influenced by forms within popular entertainment cultures and technologies. Recent projects include; Circuit Van performed at Contact
Photo Festival 2003 in Toronto and at Swarm 2002 in Vancouver; DustClouds at the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina in 2003 and at Gallery 44 in Toronto in 2002. Andreyev is also Associate Professor at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in Vancouver.