Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby
Lecture, book signing and reception
Thursday, March 21, 7:30pm
Watson Theater, Syracuse University
FREE and open to the public
The literary post-punk short movies of Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby have been tearing up the festival/gallery circuit for the past ﬁfteen years with their blend of bedroom pop, perverse animations and hopes for fame. The Beauty is Relentless: The Short Movies of Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby is a collection of award-winning scripts, creative writings and critical missives by scholars, video legends and animal experts – including Steve Reinke, Sarah Hollenberg, Akira Lippit, and Tom Sherman.
Praise for Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby’s work:
[Here] exists a kind of nakedness, a peeling away of propriety, a questioning of behavioral and social systems – and yet I ﬁnd their work refreshingly playful and deeply generous.
– Deborah Stratman, University of Illinois at Chicago
Cooper Battersby (b. 1971, Penticton British Columbia, Canada) and fellow Department of Transmedia faculty member Emily Vey Duke (b. 1972, Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada) have been working collaboratively since 1994. They work in printed matter, installation, curation and sound, but their primary practice is the production of single-channel video. Their work has been exhibited in galleries and at festivals in North and South America and throughout Europe, including the Walker Center (Minneapolis), The Banff Centre (Banff), The Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver), YYZ (Toronto), The New York Video Festival (NYC), The European Media Arts Festival (Osnabruck), Impakt (Utrecht) and The Images Festival (Toronto). Their tape Being Fucked Up (2000) has been awarded prizes from film festivals in Switzerland, Germany and the USA. Bad Ideas for Paradise (2002) was purchased for broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and for the libraries at Harvard and Princeton, and has won prizes from the NYExpo (NYC) and the Onion City festival (Chicago). I am a Conjuror (2004) has received prizes from the Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Onion City Festival.