Animals, Art and Empathy
A masterclass with Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby
Friday, October 24th 2014, 7:30pm
Club SAW, 67 Nicholas St., Ottawa
Free admission
Animal husbandry is an ancient human behaviour, but we are neither the only species to force another into labour for our gain, nor are we the only animal to cross the species line for love. There is also mounting evidence that humans are not the only species with a sense of aesthetics or beauty.  
For this talk at SAW Video, Duke and Battersby will present video and case studies supporting both of these notions. Participants are invited to bring images, videos and case studies of their own around these ideas. They will also bring their cats Gary, Pfizer and William to the talk. Patting and other kinds of social intercourse will be encouraged.
*Please be advised that live animals will be present at this event
Animals, Art and Empathy is being presented by SAW Video Media Art Centre in partnership with the Canadian Film Institute in conjunction with the Café Ex screening Daring Enchantments: The Moving Images of Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby on Thursday October 23rd.
About the artists:
Cooper Battersby and Emily Vey Duke have been working collaboratively since June 1994. Their work has been broadcast and exhibited around the world.
Duke and Battersby are currently teaching at Syracuse University in Central New York. In 2010 they were shortlisted for the prestigious Sobey Art Award, and their work is distributed by Video Data Bank in Chicago, Argos in Brussels, V-Tape in Toronto and Video Out in Vancouver.  In 2012, a book was published about their work.  It is titled The Beauty is Relentless.



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