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Cooper Battersby & Emily Vey Duke [Videonale.16]

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

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

Exhibitions [selection]:

2017 Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York USA
2016 Spotlight Artists, Images Festival Toronto CAN
2015 European Media Arts Festival Osnabrück GER
2014 European Media Arts Festival Osnabrück GER

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Dear Lorde, 2015, 27:08 (extract 0:30)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

Cooper Battersby & Emily Vey Duke [ Videonale.16 ]