The Beauty Is Relentless: The Short Movies of Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby Book Launch & Steering
Jun 15, 2012 - Jun 16, 2012

Friday, June 15, 8 pm $10 Screening & a Book!
@ Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Ave. (down the lane)

Saturday, June 16, 2pm FREE Art Talk with Emily & Cooper
@ WARC Gallery, 122-401 Richmond St. W.
(Co-presentation with Vtape)

Please join us to watch three strange and wicked video wonders from Emily and Cooper. They’ll be here in person to dish the inside scoop, as well as signing copies of their new book The Beauty Is Relentless, edited by Mike Hoolboom and published by Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and Pleasure Dome. 

$10 Admission price includes the all-colour book!

“Often working with the disconnects between human and animal – and their urge to reconcile the sterile mechanics of our world versus the intuitive viscerality we keep buried within – their dark sense of humour has yielded a slate of bizarre taxidermies, installations, videos and sculpture, all tinged with a gutsy, mystical longing that’s sweet, sinister, hilarious and disturbing all at once.” Murray Whyte, Toronto Star

In this collection of scripts, creative writings and critical missives, their word smart blend of home spun animation, bedroom pop philosophy songs, and glam personas by the galore get the full treatment. Imagine threesomes, daddy’s porn, fame, and the importance of animals served up on a privateTV station. The book is both smartful and stylish, featuring Electric Animal author Akira Lippit on the couple, Czech film scientist Andrea Slovakova, video legends Tom Sherman and Monique Moumblow, music writer Terence Dick, queer avatar Sholem Kristalka and video dad Steve Reinke. Novelists Claudia Dey and Kyo Maclear lend wit and grace. There are also a pair of fully illustrated video scripts, a hilarious tell-all interview with writer pal Sara Hollenberg, a suite of unpublished writings by Duke (including I Hate Orgasms) and a collection of commissioned artist’s pages.

8 pm Video programme followed by outdoor reception:

The New Freedom 
Founders; I Am a Conjuror 
26 minutes 2005 

Being Fucked Up 
10 minutes 2001 

Beauty Plus Pity 
15 minutes 2009