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Lesser Apes

Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby

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

TAPECODE 618.11

A winningly oblique narrative of forbidden love, Lesser Apes offers an inter-species fairytale between primatologist Farrah and the female bonobo (ape) Meema. Farrah extols the virtues of language as it offers the hope of empathy, but at the same time it pushes her out of her body, which she can recover only through a series of transgressions. These are offered in an impressionist collage – misted landscapes and time lapsed animals rotting, balloons caught in a rainshower. ...They are interwoven with a-go-go animations that run beneath Farrah/Emily’s sing songs, offering musings on the trials of living in a body, whether via animal love or addiction. “And nobody wants to die/And everyone wants to get high/But we can’t get high all the time…” - Mike Hoolboom (excerpt)

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