Bad Ideas For Paradise

Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby

2002, 20:00 minutes, colour, English


"There is no such thing as self-esteem. Self-esteem as a construct is illogical and contradictory, so its frequent deployment as the lynch-pin of New Age discourse seems to me satisfyingly appropriate. I don't trust anyone who doesn't have frequent bouts of self-loathing. There is something truly monstrous about the self-righteous. Eating a well-balanced diet is a horrible act of aggression. Whenever I hear the word "culture" I think of bacteria mutating under an ultraviolet light and I'm happy again for a while. Within the petri dish: unfettered egoless desire, the proliferation of new possibilities, ideas made flesh, uncaring and finally airborne. Empathy is a tool for making the cruelty more precise. Beauty is independent of taste; the sublime only works for suckers. Whenever I laugh I feel guilty." - Steve Reinke

Bad Ideas for Paradise is a 20-minute episodic videotape by Cooper Battersby and Emily Vey Duke. Funny, touching and ambitious in scope, Bad Ideas continues to deal with many of the themes addressed in Duke and Battersby's earlier works: addiction, spirituality, identity, relationship dynamics and the ongoing quest for joy.

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Critical Writing

Late Capitalist Pathologies and Redemptions: Emily Vey Duke and...
by Irmgard Emmelhainz. C Magazine, Summer 2009, no. 102.
Possibilities of Redemption: Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby...
by Jon Davies. Canadian Art, Fall 2009, v. 26, no. 3.
Intra Terrestrials
by Adam Pugh. Possible Worlds, 2007. Norwich: Aurora, 2007.
Generation Next
by Sarah Milroy. The Globe and Mail, May 10, 2003.
Boy Wonders: Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby
by Si Si Penalosa. Now, Jan. 24, 2002, v. 21, no. 21.
Galleries: YYZ Artists' Outlet
by Peter Goddard. The Toronto Star, Jan. 17, 2002.
Twitching & Scratching: The videos of Emily Vey Duke & Cooper...
by Rebecca Godfrey. C Magazine, Fall 2002, no. 75.
Three short essays on growing up: The videos of Emily Vey Duke &...
by Terence Dick. Fuse, May 2002, v. 25, no. 2.
The Curatorial Incubator
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: Vtape, 2002.