Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby – Beauty Plus Pity (Canada 2009, 14:00 mins.)

This contemporary fable sheds light on our existence as a messy and abject farce. Stuffed animals, a hunter in reverie and God forgetting to take His medication.

BIO: Cooper Battersby (b. 1971, Penticton British Columbia, Canada) and Emily Vey Duke (b. 1972, Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada) have been working collaboratively since June 1994. They work in printed matter, installation, new media, curation and sound, but their primary practice is in single-channel video. Their work has been exhibited in galleries and at festivals in North and South America, Asia and throughout Europe, including the Walker Center (Minneapolis), The Banff Centre (Banff), The Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver), YYZ (Toronto), The Renaissance Society (Chicago), the New York Video Festival (NYC), Oberhausen, the European Media Arts Festival (Osnabruck), Impakt (Utrecht) and the Images Festival (Toronto).

Emily Vey Duke received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and completed her Masters at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She then worked for a year as Artistic Director at the Khyber Centre for the Arts in Halifax, NS. She is the New York Correspondent for C Magazine, and has had work published in numerous books and journals in Canada and the U.S. In the summer of 2008, Buenaventura Press published The Illuminations, a book of poems by Emily Vey Duke and drawings by Shary Boyle.

Cooper Battersby received his diploma in computer programming at Okanagan College, and completed his Masters at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was the recipient of a Canada Council Production Grant in 2001. Duke and Battersby are currently teaching at Syracuse University in Central New York, where Duke is the program coordinator for the new Transmedia Program. They are represented by Jessica Bradley Art and Projects in Toronto.