Art is for Empathy: The Work of Duke & Battersby
The ASU Video Art Society will bring collaborative video artists Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby to ASU for the Society for Art Video Visiting Artist Lecture Series. They will give a talk titled: Art is for Empathy, meet with students to develop their work and offer a sneak peek to their new work-in-progress. This event will focus on the potential of empathy in artwork to effect social change. In their work, the marginalized, subaltern and abject is elevated as a position in which valuable knowledge can be found and it is from this place that a discussion on empathy will begin. SAV aligns this with our ongoing discussion of Queer Tactics.
Duke and Battersby have been working collaboratively since 1994. Their video/installation work has been broadcast and exhibited around the world. They recently won the prestigious European Media Arts Award at the European Media Arts Festival, and are currently teaching at Syracuse University in Central New York. In 2010 they were shortlisted for the Canadian 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.
Students will have the opportunity to engage with Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby over the course of two days. The event will be held at ASU’s Grant Street Studios.