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Cooper Battersby & Emily Vey Duke

Cooper Battersby
* 1971 in Penticton British Columbia, CAN
Studied at Okanagan College, CAN, and University of Illinois Chicago, USA

Emily Vey Duke
* 1972 in Halifax Nova Scotia, CAN
Studied at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, CAN, and University of Illinois Chicago, USA


Cooper Battersby & Emily Vey Duke x

Dear Lorde, 2015, 27:08 min. [extract 00:30 min.], colour, sound [VIDEONALE.16]

»P.P.S.: Secretly, I want to be important, like you«.
In a series of personal letters to her idols, 14-year-old Maxine Rose describes the details of her life. Amongst the addressees is pop star Lorde. The letters resemble intimate diary entries, combining refreshingly carefree curiosity with profound analytic insights into the everyday life of a young girl and the inner workings of her mind. Though they initially seem one-sided, the celebrity pen pal friendships provide the girl with an opportunity for self-reflection and self-discovery. With each new letter, a new part of Maxine’s personality is revealed. Excerpts from contemporary pop culture embedded in the film, self-composed lyrics which scroll across the screen, and faded-in drawings and singing performances all serve to initiate us into the world of a sharp and creative teenager with big dreams. Maxine’s creativity finds an audience in (amongst others) the letters’ recipients. As imaginary observers, they are a source of inspiration for the young girl. The short film »Dear Lorde« by artist duo Cooper Battersby & Emily Vey Duke is a lovingly sculpted coming of age story with a multilayered narrative structure and an authentic protagonist whose intelligence might just help the viewers to understand themselves that little bit better. (Lisa Han)

*The complete version of the work can be requested from the artists and the Video Data Bank.

Cooper Battersby & Emily Vey Duke