Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby in Residence

May 28 — Jun 1, 2008



Since 1994, Cooper Battersby and Emily Vey Duke have exclusively worked collaboratively. While in residence at Western Front, they created an artist multiple that was a large poster. The print depicted the world on October 23, 2007, at 8:00 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time, combining video art and printed matter to study the digital moving image at rest and separated from the technology it requires.

The poster was created in conjunction with their immersive, multi-channel video installation _A Year in the Life of the World_ (2006–09). The work created a new map of the earth through the arrangement of 200 video landscapes within a domed room. Images were captured from open access online webcams and archived for one year. Duke and Battersby’s development of an animated year in the life of our world begged the question of what particular elements of life on Earth might be recalled through this work, and what may be gleaned through a static capture of one moment in the life of the world.

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