iEAR Presents! Art, Empathy and Animals: Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby present their work


iEAR Presents! Art, Empathy and Animals: Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby present their work

EMPAC, Studio Beta

November 7, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

For over two decades, media artists Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby have exhibited their work internationally, at galleries and at film festivals. Their widely acclaimed ”literary post-punk short movies” are known for “their blend of bedroom pop, perverse animations, and hopes for fame.“ (Light Work) While their primary practice is art video, their collaborations take other forms such as installation, new media, curation and criticism. Their projects often explore concepts such as the anthropocene, animals, empathy, emotionality, and social justice.


As part of their iEAR presentation, Duke and Battersby will present videos including Bad Ideas for Paradise(2001, 20min) Songs of Praise for the Heart Beyond Cure(2006, 18min) and Dear Lorde(2015, 27min). Of the EMAF award winning video Dear Lorde, jurors of the European Media Art Festival commented, “We are particularly impressed by the multilayered storytelling structure, the freshness of the characterization, and the honest exploration of an artists` vulnerability." Duke and Battersby will also speak about their most recent multimedia, interactive installation called This Wonderment; the participatory work consists of microscopes, petri dishes, and a diorama of sculptures that includes a taxidermied cat.This spring the artists presented their installation at Argos Center for Art and Media in Bruxelles, Belgium. 


“ In an art moment frozen in thrall to the sway of conceptualisms, their work is narrative, hummable, humanoid, and invites identification ... From these close encounters they have created a rare video voice: at once smart and accessible, beautiful and word-wise.”  

Mike Hoolboom

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