Media artist, curator, arts administrator and educator Christina Battle (Edmonton, AB) has been an active member of a number of communities including Toronto, San Francisco, and Denver. She has a B.Sc. with specialization in Environmental Biology from the University of Alberta, a certificate in Film Studies from Ryerson University, an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and is currently working toward a PhD in Art & Visual Culture at the University of Western Ontario. With a practice founded in a DIY ethos she sees culture as being entirely dependent on it if it hopes to remain current and progressive. With organizing an active and critical part her practice, Christina has organized events and curated screenings that have traveled across North America. She is a contributing editor to INCITE Journal of Experimental Media; current collaborative project includes SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE with Serena Lee.
Her research looks to the parameters of disaster; looking to it as action, as more than mere event and instead as a framework operating within larger systems of power. Multidimensional by definition, disaster is seen as a series of intersecting processes including social, environmental, cultural, political, economic, and technological which are implicated not only in how disaster is caused but also in how it manifests, is responded to and overcome. Battle’s research considers the ways in which disaster as both subject and framework might be utilized as a tactic for social change and as a tool for reimagining how dominant systems might radically shift. Especially interested in how our engagement with media shapes our understanding and interpretation of information, her current research focuses on thinking more critically about the tools of technology (especially that of the internet and new media technology) as part of contemporary language and considering how the information disseminated via online platforms operates within the framework of disaster.
Battle’s practice engages with the underlying premise: that by considering how we anticipate, handle, understand and witness disaster, and how online social environments are changing the way we live socially in real life, we might begin to find tactics to be utilized in an ushering in of real social change. Strategies for actively working through this research manifest through the organizing and curating of film/video screenings, exhibitions and events, seen as a way to facilitate conversation and bring people together to engage in shared experiences. Through this part of her practice, Battle sees her role as one of a facilitator who can help to shape space for others' voices to be heard, who can contribute to actively diversifying both artistic spaces and their audiences and who can provide opportunities for critical engagement with conversations that might not otherwise occur within artistic institutions.
She has exhibited internationally in festivals and galleries, most recently at: Forum Expanded at the Berlinale (Berlin), Blackwood Gallery (Mississagua), Trinity Square Video (Toronto), Untitled Art Society (Calgary), 8-11 (Toronto), Nuit Blanche Toronto, Galveston Artist Residency (Texas); Studio XX (Montreal), Le Centre des arts actuels Skol as part of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal (Montreal), Thames Art Gallery (Chatham, ON), Casa Maauad (Mexico City); SOMArts (San Francisco); Third Space Gallery (New Brunswick); RL Window Gallery (New York); Redline Gallery (Denver); Deluge Contemporary Art (Victoria, BC); The ODD Gallery (Dawson City, YT); Gallery 44 (Toronto); WNDX Festival of Moving Image (Winnipeg); The Images Festival (Toronto); MCA Denver; the Aspen Art Museum; and the Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto).
Previous Collective & Collaborative Projects:
re:assemblage with Scott Miller Berry [Ontario; 2016-2018]
MICE MAGAZINE [Toronto; 2016-2017]
Nothing To See Here [Denver; with Adán De La Garza] [2014-2016]
F A I N T I N G C O P S [Denver; with Adán De La Garza] [2015-2016]
The Perceptual Adventure Series [San Francisco; with Nate Boyce, Marijke Jorritsma & Kent Long] [2003-2005]
The League [Toronto; with Sara MacLean, Juli Saragosa & Michèle Stanley]
selected written things about my work:
"Questions for a Hillside" By Meg Walker (pdf) Exhibition Essay for the space between here and there (the yukon river) at the ODD Gallery.
NOW Magazine Toronto Nature’s fury: What Was Will Be probes communities’ experience of natural disasters review of the dearfield, colorado exhibition at Gallery 44 By Fran Schechter.
Artoronto.ca “Christina Battle & Kristie MacDonald: What Was Will Be” review of dearfield, colorado exhibition at Gallery 44 by Shellie Zhang, 2014
Blouin Artinfo Canada online, “Video Artist Christina Battle Finds Nothing on the News at TUFF” review of we’re not exactly sure what just happened by Mark Mann, 2013
Cinema Scope online, “Between the Walls: Images Festival 2013” Review of 'The Twelve Devil’s Graveyards Around the World’ (was titled fog vortex) exhibition at the Images Festival 2013 by Michael Sicinski, 2013
Christina Battle: Filing Memory – Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop's University, from September 15 – December 10, 2010. With texts by: Vicky Chainey Gagnon, Shawn Malley, Andréa Picard
Canadian Art online, “Ryerson Image Centre Sheds Light on Photo’s Role” Review of group exhibition including Archived Disasters [The Evidence] I.Bridge Collapse II. Unexplained Lights in Skies III. Sightings of Unknown Creature By David Balzer, 2012
Exhibition Publication for ARCHIVAL DIALOGUES: READING THE BLACK STAR COLLECTION curated by Doina Popescu and Peggy Gale at the Ryerson Image Centre, 2012
Strategies of the Medium II, “The Transformative Potential of Optical
Printing” (link to PDF) – curatorial essay & publication accompanying Printed Light exhibition by Chris Gehman, LIFT 2009
Behind These Walls: Contemporary Canadian Experimental Short Films. A special screening of contemporary Canadian and international film-based work presented as part of the media arts festival Espace [Im]média. Curatorial essay by Vicky Chainey Gagnon (pdf) October 1, 2009
“Christina Battle’s Alchemy”, Janine Marchessault (pdf) 2007 from CFMDC's Artist's Spotlight DVD series Study Guide