HMKV VIDEO OF THE MONTH

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Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby: Here is Everything, 2013

Dortmunder U | 3rd Floor
09/2014

HMKV's Video of the Month is a monthly series of screenings at Dortmunder U featuring recent video works by international artists. From 1 to 30 September 2014 HMKV is showing Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby’s film Here Is Everything (selected by Judith Funke).
It will run parallel to the exhibition Evil Clowns which starts on 27 September 2014 (opening on Friday, 26 September 2014, 7pm).

Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby
Here is Everything
US 2013, short film, QuickTime ProRes, color, 14:00 min. | Directors: Emily Vey Duke, Cooper Battersby | Distribution: Video Data Bank | www.vdb.org

Here Is Everything (2013, 14:00 min) presents itself as a message from The Future, as narrated by a cat and a rabbit, spirit guides who explain that they’ve decided to speak to us via a contemporary art video because they understand this to be our highest form of communication. Their cheeky introduction, however, belies the complex set of ideas that fill the remainder of the film. Death, God, and attaining and maintaining a state of Grace are among the thematic strokes winding their way through the piece, rapturously illustrated with animation, still and video imagery.
It is a work that contains specific details about its themes, but sufficiently ambiguous and free of dogma, including religious dogma that, our futuristic visitors explain, is a vestigial leftover from an earlier phase of evolution. And while Death is an ever-present rumination, so are Redemption, Affirmation, and Possibility.

– John Massier, Hallwalls Catalogue for the exhibition Hopelessly Middle Aged,  Fall 2012

Cooper Battersby and Emily Vey Duke have been working collaboratively since June 1994. Their work has been broadcast and exhibited around the world. Duke and Battersby are currently teaching at Syracuse University in Central New York. In 2010 they were shortlisted for the prestigious Sobey Art Award, and their work is distributed by Video Data Bank in Chicago, Argos in Brussels, V-Tape in Toronto and Video Out in Vancouver. In 2012, a book was published about their work. It is titled The Beauty is Relentless.

http://dukeandbattersby.com

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HMKV Video of the Month
Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby
Here is Everything
US 2013, short film, QuickTime ProRes, color, 14:00 min. | Directors: Emily Vey Duke, Cooper Battersby | Distribution: Video Data Bank | www.vdb.org

1 - 30 September 2014

Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV)
HMKV im Dortmunder U
Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse
44137 Dortmund

Selected by Judith Funke

Address:
HMKV's Video of the Month is presented at the HMKV foyer  (Dortmunder U, 3rd floor).

Admission:
Admission to HMKV's Video of the Month is free of charge.

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From 27 September HMKV will be presenting, in parallel to HMKV’s Video of the Month September, the exhibition Evil Clowns (opening on Friday, 26 September 2014, 7pm).