Bad Ideas for Paradise | Chicago Reader

Bad Ideas for Paradise

Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby's experimental video presents a diverse mix of music, pictures, printed texts, and voice-over to argue that heaven is impossible because no paradise could satisfy everyone. At the outset two heavily pixelated faces disagree on the hereafter: one man thinks he'll be famous in heaven, while another argues that nobody will be famous but that everybody will love one another. In another sequence footage of teenage boys is accompanied by a voice-over from a girl who hopes to be a boy in heaven (“I like boobs, my dick, my friends”). Also screening is Cooper Black's The Infernal Loop (2001), which repeats the same few shots of a banal scene with two young men; what begins as boredom changes into an almost meditative focus on tiny gestures, or the veins in a hand. Kristen Nutile's video Secret Mechanisms would have been better as a sound piece: different speakers describe their obsessive-compulsive disorders, but the blurry urban imagery is pointless. Also showing: work by So Yung Kiwl, Carey Burtt, Fred Hickler, and Miranda July. 71 min.


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