Barry Doupé: VERY BIG SHORTS and Distracted Blueberry

Barry Doupé: VERY BIG SHORTS and Distracted Blueberry


Barry Doupé: VERY BIG SHORTS and Distracted Blueberry

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e-flux Screening Room
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

We hope you’ll join us on Thursday, March 30 and Saturday, April 1 for Barry Doupé: VERY BIG SHORTS and Distracted Blueberry taking place at e-flux Screening Room. The program features two parts: a “selectrospective” of shorts from 2008 to 2022, and the New York premiere of Doupé’s latest feature, the truly difficult to describe Distracted Blueberry (2019).

VERY BIG SHORTS is a selectrospective of Barry Doupé’s short works, including a handful of Object Poems (2017), his anomalous non-animated Life and People (2014), and excerpts from Doupé's features The Colors that Combine to Make White are Important (2012) and Ponytail (2008). This screening will be followed by a conversation between Barry Doupé and filmmaker Steve Reinke

The selectrospective serves as a kind of prologue to Saturday’s screening of Distracted Blueberry, by presenting motifs and formal experiments throughout earlier works that later culminated as scenes from the 273-minute durational id-whorl Distracted Blueberry.

Programmed by Steff Hui Ci Ling.

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Barry Doupé: Distracted Blueberry
April 1, 2023, 5pm
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With Barry Doupé and Steve Reinke
March 30, 2023, 7pm
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Animation & Cartoons

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.

Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his monologue-based videos. He grew up in a village in the Ottawa Valley and now lives and works in Chicago. His work is represented by Isabella Bortolozzi (Berlin) and Foxy Production (New York).

Steff Hui Ci Ling is a cultural worker and guest living on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. She is currently a graduate student at Simon Fraser University in the department of Sociology and Anthropology, focusing on cultural labor’s economic and social relationship to land dispossession. She works as a teaching and research assistant in Labor Studies. For fun, she designs and co-edits STILLS: moving image tract and organizes Marxish study groups.

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