Cooper Battersby

Cooper Battersby (b. 1971, Penticton British Columbia, Canada) and 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.

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.

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.


You Were an Amazement on the Day You Were Born

2019, 33:00 minutes, Colour, English

Dear Lorde

2015, 27:08 minutes, colour, English/French

Here Is Everything

2013, 13:53 minutes, colour, English

Lesser Apes

2011, 12:43 minutes, colour, English v 18

Beauty Plus Pity

2009, 14:19 minutes, colour, English

Songs of Praise for the Heart Beyond Cure

2006, 14:40 minutes, colour, English

The New Freedom Founders: Attention Public

2004, 10:00 minutes, colour, English

The New Freedom Founders: A Cure For Being Ordinary

2004, 06:00 minutes, colour, English

Curious About Existence

2003, 11:00 minutes, colour, English

The New Freedom Founders: I Am A Conjuror

2002, 08:30 minutes, colour, English

The Fine Arts

2002, 03:38 minutes, colour, English

Bad Ideas For Paradise

2002, 20:00 minutes, colour, English

Being Fucked Up

2001, 10:16 minutes, colour, English

Rapt and Happy

1998, 17:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

From Me To You: A Video Mixtape
by Blair Fornwald. Toronto: Vtape, 2012.
Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby: Jessica Bradley Art + Projects
by Sholem Krishtalka. Canadian Art, Spring 2011.
The Politics of Cool
by Cooper Battersby and Emily Vey Duke. C Magazine, Winter 2007, no. 96.
Artist Pick Up
by Kaori Otake. Canadian Art, Winter 2006, v. 23, no. 3.
Border Views: The New Video Linguists
by Unknown. Border Crossings, Aug. 2005, v. 24, no. 3.
Foreword: VS Program
by Jon Davies. VS (Event Program), Dec. 2004.
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: (Vs. Program)
by Scott SØrli. VS (Event Program), Dec. 2004.
VS: 640 480 - original programme
by Jon Davies et al. VS, Dec. 2004.
Generation Next
by Sarah Milroy. The Globe and Mail, May 10, 2003.
Video's Body, Analog and Digital
by Laura U. Marks. Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media, 2002. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
Guerrilla Video: Electrons Outside the Vacuum
by M.E. Luka et al. Guerrilla Video, Aug. 14 Summer, 2002.
Cooper Battersby and Emily Vey Duke: Songs of Praise for the Heart...
by Steve Reinke. YYZine, Jan. 9 Winter, 2002, v. 2, no. 1.
Attack [retreat]
by Steve Reinke. Attack [retreat], 2000. Brussels: argos, 2000.
by Steve Reinke.