Friday, April 28th, 2017
7:00PM | screening | q & a with the artists
Free Admission | Cash Bar
SAW Video Media Art Centre is proud to present a joint screening with artist Eva Marie Rødbro (Copenhagen) and Canadian artist-duo Duke + Battersby (based in Syracuse, New York). The evening will feature a screening of three of their recent films, a discussion moderated by SAW Video’s Programming Director, Neven Lochhead, and a question and answer period with the audience. While these artists differ greatly in how they each employ the moving image, all are unified by a sustained interest in adolescence, and specifically young women, who play the central protagonists in each of the three presented films.
The experimental documentaries of photographer and filmmaker Eva Marie Rødbro stem from a process in which she integrates herself within small groups of friends, families, and intimate relationships, often in remote or isolated parts of the world. Establishing a level of comfort with her subjects, Rødbro is able to record and amplify fleeting moments of human connection, vulnerability and unbridled joy. With a layering of sound and language stitching together rapid-fire edits of handheld footage, Rødbro’s fragmented video portraits seem to move at the whirlwind velocities of youth, travelling just fast enough to chart the forces that wound, challenge, and shape us all.
The practice of Duke and Battersby (Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby) is rooted in writing, as they translate carefully crafted scripts into dynamic video experiences that feature drawing, performance, singing, found-footage, nature photography, and other forms of address. Harnessing empathy as an imaginative tool, Duke and Battersby have occupied and explored a wide range of subjectivities in their many works, ranging from unstable deities to futuristic talking rabbits. Their most recent film, Dear Lorde, is built around the correspondences of Maxine Rose, who is just about to turn fifteen. Writing letters to her idols, Bishop Desmond Tutu, primatologist Jane Goodall, stand-up comic Louis CK and pop star Lorde, amongst others, Maxine is determined to tackle her ambitious goal: become a worthwhile person.
We would like to thank the Embassy Of Denmark in Ottawa for their support of this program.
Program (75 Minutes)
I Touched Her Legs – Eva Marie Rødbro (2010, 15 min)
Winner: Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2011
Winner: Most Inventive Film Award, Odense Film Festival, 2011
Dear Lorde – Duke and Battersby (2015, 30 min)
Winner: European Media Arts Award, Osnabruck, Germany, 2015
We Chose the Milky Way – Eva Marie Rødbro (2015, 30 min)
Winner: George Manupelli Founder’s Spirit Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2016
Danish photographer and director Eva Marie Rødbro (b. 1980) lives and works in Copenhagen, DK. She graduated from the National Danish Film School in 2015 and Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2008. Rødbro has exhibited and screened internationally at numerous shows, events and festivals including: FOAM, W139, NL fotomuseum, Berlin Documentary Forum, Charlottenborg Kunsthal, CPH:DOX and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. She has documented the wild youth of teenagers in Greenland and the United States in a her award winning shorts, Fuck You Kiss Me (2008) I Touched Her Legs (2010), Kriger (2013) Dan Mark (2014), and most recently with We Chose the Milky Way (2015).
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 Sobey Art Award. 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 about their work, titled The Beauty is Relentless, was published by Coach House Press. In the fall of 2015, Duke’s book The Illuminations, a collaboration with Shary Boyle, was published by Oakville Galleries.