Artists in Residence

Based in Syracuse, New York, Cooper Battersby and Emily Vey Duke have been working collaboratively since 1994. They work in printed matter, installation, curation and sound, but their primary practice is the production of single-channel video. Their work has been exhibited in galleries and at festivals in North and South America and throughout Europe.

At Western Front, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby will create an artists’ multiple that takes the form of a large poster which explores the relationship between video art and printed matter: a study of the digital moving image when at rest and separate from the technology it requires.

The poster is being created in conjunction with their current project _A Year in the Life of the World_, an immersive, multi-channel video installation. The work creates a new map of the earth through the arrangement of 200 video landscapes within a domed room. Images from each webcam will be archived for one year, starting in the spring of 2006. The finished work will be a portrait of one year in the life of the world.

Duke and Battersby’s development of an animated year in the life of our world begs the question of what particular elements of life on Earth might be recalled through this work if viewed in the distant future, and what may be gleaned through a static capture of one moment in the life of the world.