Barry Doupé: Distracted Blueberry

Barry Doupé: Distracted Blueberry

Barry Doupé, Distracted Blueberry (still), 2019.

Barry Doupé: VERY BIG SHORTS and Distracted Blueberry


Barry Doupé: Distracted Blueberry

Admission starts at $5

April 1, 2023, 5pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

“I find the work enormously compelling, yet I can’t quite articulate why. Although it feels entirely Doupé, it also feels prescient. Prescient like dynamite about to blow up the dam and leave us flooded with new possibilities, drowning happily.”
—Steve Reinke on Distracted Blueberry

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Saturday, April 1 at 5pm for the New York premiere of Barry Doupé’s Distracted Blueberry—a four-and-half-hour computer animated experience that dodges the logic-seeking-missile of desire for narrative comprehension. In a world where cheap small talk is supplanted by physiognomically defying sexual acts, we are taken through sequences that hum with a magnetic existentialism that subverts what we take for granted as experimental, sense making, feeling good, or finding interesting.

The screening is part of Barry Doupé: VERY BIG SHORTS and Distracted Blueberry, programmed by Steff Hui Ci Ling.

The exchanges of dialogue in Distracted Blueberry tread between personal affirmation, shower thought, and ontological ideation, like “I am sex like an eyelid that lowers itself as an object appears” or “Microwave my life.” These straightforward statements accompanied with images that are congruently straightforward in execution yet confounding in content, are the social and physical environment where the obliterating affect of pleasure is the pedestrian rapport between the denizens of Distracted Blueberry’s universe. However, if everything is sex, so nothing is sex; then what is pleasure? Distracted Blueberry is a film that inspires chains of contradiction that spill into the boring cracks of life that get filled later when we’re in the shower trying to figure it out. As Steve Reinke writes of the opening scene, “Is this funny? Well, not exactly. Horrifying? No, not horrifying. Sexy? Maybe a little. Transgressive? After Distracted Blueberry, I no longer know what transgression is.” 

Barry Doupe, Distracted Blueberry (2019, 273 minutes)
This film contains animated scenes of a graphic sexual and violent nature. No intermission. 

–Two flights of stairs lead up to the building’s front entrance at 172 Classon Avenue.    
–For elevator access, please RSVP to The building has a freight elevator which leads into the e-flux office space. Entrance to the elevator is nearest to 180 Classon Ave (a garage door). We have a ramp for the steps within the space.             
–e-flux has an ADA-compliant bathroom. There are no steps between the Screening Room and this bathroom.

Sexuality & Eroticism, Film
Animation & Cartoons, Everyday Life
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Barry Doupé: VERY BIG SHORTS and Distracted Blueberry

Barry Doupé (b. 1982, Victoria, BC) is a Vancouver-based artist primarily working with computer animation. His films use imagery and language derived from the subconscious, developed through writing exercises and automatic drawing. He often creates settings within which a character’s self-expression or action is challenged and thwarted, resulting in comic, violent, and poetic spectacles. His films have been screened throughout Canada and internationally.

Steff Hui Ci Ling is a cultural worker, labor researcher, and occasional critic and film programmer living as a guest on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. She is currently organizing the circulation of an Art Workers’ Inquiry for Decolonial Potential. The Inquiry is concerned with the political tradition of workers’ inquiries and its application in the cultural sector and our labor’s relationship to settler-colonial property.

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