As part of the launch events for The Beauty Is Relentless: The Short Movies of Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby (edited by Mike Hoolboom and published by MOCCA and Pleasure Dome, 2012, 168 pg.), Vtape co-presents a talk with the featured artists at WARC Gallery on June 16 at 2pm.
Editor Mike Hoolboom on the book:
“The short movies of Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby have been tearing up the festival/gallery circuit for the past fifteen years, copping awards and retrospectives around the world. 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 private TV station. It feels like your fave indie band put all their flash tunes into instantly hummable video vignettes.”
“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a pair of fully illustrated video scripts, a hilarious tell-all interview with writer pal Sara Hollenberg, a suite of unpublished writings by Duke (including I Hate Orgasms) and a collection of commissioned artist’s pages. All in colour.”
Still credit: The Beauty is Relentless book cover.