The Living Book

Erin Cosgrove

Artist Bio

The Living Book combines live action and animation to describe a couple’s bickering attempts to account for all of human culture, post-apocalypse, as their own memories fail them. Partly inspired by the Doukhobors’ (a 17th-century Christian sect in Poland) Living Book, Erin Cosgrove’s film also draws on such diverse source material as string-theory, science fiction, and religious history. Meditative and humorous, the film confronts its overtly broad theme within the frame of an ongoing argument between two lifetime intimates.

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Erin Cosgrove

Altadena, CA

Erin Cosgrove is an artist whose videos, sculptures, drawings and books have been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, including solo shows at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Angles Gallery, Los Angeles; Printed Matter, New York; and Espace Croise Centre d’art Contemporain, Roubaix, France. Her work has been included in shows and screenings at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; The Armory Show, New York; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Videoformes, Auvergne, France; Christine Koenig Gallery, Vienna; The Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; The Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria; The Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands, among other venues. She has received grants and fellowships from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The Durfee Foundation, The Center for Cultural Innovation, The Jerome Foundation and other sources.