About

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from the notes to self series (2014 ongoing)

For over 15 years, 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 and is currently based in London (ON). 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, sharing over 100 artists works in communities outside of their own. She is a contributing editor to INCITE Journal of Experimental Media, and current collective projects include: re:assemblage with Scott Miller Berry; and, MICE MAGAZINE.  SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE is a current collaborative project with Serena Lee.

Her works are often inspired by the role of official and non-official archives, our notions of evidence and explore themes of history and counter-memory, political mythology and environmental catastrophe. 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 social media, as part of contemporary language and considering the role that they are playing in changing not only the way that we receive but also in how we expect visual information to be. Within this focus on digital technologies, her current research asks: what are the implications of operating within policed landscapes? and investigates how the information disseminated via online platforms is controlled, manipulated and monitored. Employing an expanded definition of policing within online environments to include not only government but also corporate, collective and self, the goal of this research is to offer an increased degree of visibility to the implications and negotiations inherent to interacting within these landscapes.

She has exhibited internationally in festivals and galleries, most recently at: 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).

Inactive Collective Projects:
The League [Toronto; with Sara MacLean, Juli Saragosa & Michèle Stanley]
The Perceptual Adventure Series [San Francisco; with Nate Boyce, Marijke Jorritsma & Kent Long]
Nothing To See Here [Denver; with Adán De La Garza]

Previous Artist-Run Centre Board & Committee Involvement:
Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre [Toronto]
Gallery 44 [Toronto]

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other things:
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selected written things about my work:
Exhibition Publication for Le Mois De La Photo À Montréal 2015 – The Post-Photographic Condition edited by Joan Fontcuberta

Echoes in a Stranger Land- exhibition essay by Ellyn Walker for End Transmission at the Thames Art Gallery through November, 2015.

Back To The Future – A review of the group exhibition at Casa Maauad in Mexico City by Jacob WickBad At Sports (July 17, 2015)

What Was Will Be (pdf)- A review of dearfield, colorado's exhibition at Gallery 44 in Toronto by Daniella E. Sanader – BlackFlash Magazine 31.3 Fall 2014

"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.

“What Was Will Be And Yellow Font Forest Green,” curatorial essay accompanying exhibition at Gallery 44 by Caoimhe Morgan-Feir, 2014

Canadian Art Magazine Online “Photo-Art Show Takes on Topsy-Turvy Weather” review of the dearfield, colorado exhibition at Gallery 44 By Leah Sandals, 2014

Artoronto.ca “Christina Battle & Kristie MacDonald: What Was Will Be” review of dearfield, colorado exhibition at Gallery 44 by Shellie Zhang, 2014

C Magazine "Investigating the Unexplained" interview with Clint Enns, Issue 120 "Surveillance," December 2013

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 MemoryCatalogue 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

Electrified Air and Restless Skies – A review of dearfield, colorado's opening exhibition at MCA Denver in Art & Shadows – by Meredith Tromble, 2012

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

Filing Memory (2010) curatorial text by Vicky Chainey Gagnon (PDF)

Strategies of the Medium V, “Dreaming in 35mm” (link to PDF) – curatorial essay & publication accompanying Go Big or Go Home exhibition by Larissa Fan, LIFT 2010

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

“Strangers in a Strange Land: Christina Battle’s Pirates”, Jon Davies 2008 (PDF)

“Christina Battle’s Alchemy”, Janine Marchessault  (pdf) 2007 from CFMDC's Artist's Spotlight DVD series Study Guide

 

selected written things by me:

RT #Kaepernick Takes a Knee – for INCITE Journal of Experimental Media – upcoming issue 7 – SPORTS. Forthcoming 2017.

Arriving at a Different Past in Order to Survive the Future – for a publication accompanying In the Shadow of the Millenium exhibition at the Judith and Normal Alix Art Gallery – edited by Darryn Doull. Forthcoming, 2017.

When Police Brutality Videos Go Viral – An essay with epilogue – both can be accessed online, November/December 2016.

Essay accompanying the I'm Really a Witch.* – a program curated for LOMAA, October 2016.

INCITE! Journal of Experimental Media's Back and Forth – "Interview with Leslie Supnet," June 2015

INCITE! Journal of Experimental Media #5: Blockbuster edited by Peter Nowogrodzki, “Hollywood Movies, Media Hype, and the Contemporary Survivalist Movement: An Appropriated Study,” 2015

INCITE! Journal of Experimental Media's Back and Forth – "Interview with Gwen Trutnau," January 2015

INCITE! Journal of Experimental Media #4: Exhibition Guide, contributing artist project: “DIY Screening Checklist,” 2013

“Everything you Read and See Just Might be a Lie AKA Don’t Believe a Word I Say (A Series of Proofs),"  [a response to Erina Duganne’s ‘Family Folktales: Carrie Mae Weems, Allan Sekula, and the Critique of Documentary Photography’] English Language Notes 50.1 Spring/Summer 2012, The Shape of the I: A Double Issue edited by Julie Carr & John-Michael Rivera.

Words at IssuePublic Journal 44: Experimental Media – Edited by Peggy Gale – Fall 2011

Recalling the International Experimental Media Congress of 2010 – INCITE Journal of Experimental Media, 2011


curatorial & other things:

VISIONS OF A POTENTIAL FUTURE – for Echo Park Film Center's MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS – their weekly online-only screening series where a different artist takes the helm each month to spin flicks on the EPFC Facebook page each Monday. My program – February 2017.

I'm Really a Witch.* – a program I curated for LOMAA. With works by: Christina Battle, Laura Conway, FASTWURMS, Rachel McRae, Nicole Rayburn, Leslie Supnet, and Gwen Trutnau. Preceded by an episode from the web series Bwitches (Johanna Middleton & Martine Moore).

Video Syndrome – a screening by Nothing To See Here – Saturday, February 20, 2016 at DeerPile in Denver. watch the trailer!

False Histories – a screening by Nothing To See Here – Friday, January 15, 2016 at Buntport Theater in Denver. watch the trailer!

Khalik Allah’s Field Niggas – a screening by Nothing To See Here – Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the Dikeou Collection in Denver.

Fool me once you can’t get fooled again – a screening by Nothing To See Here – Friday, November 20, 2015 at the Dikeou Collection Pop Up Space in Denver. watch the trailer!

 The Taste of the Name, a 3D virtual reality piece by Serena Lee – an exhibition by Nothing To See Here – October 2, 2015, in our bathroom. with exhibition essay by Leila Armstrong. watch the trailer!

CESSPOOL OF LOVE, a solo exhibition by Toronto-based Clint Enns, – an invite-only exhibition in our bathroom by Nothing To See Here. with exhibition essay by Leila Armstrong.

Denver ≥ Denver a screening by Nothing to See Here – Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Regional Support Network in Toronto. watch the trailer!

Inextinguishable FireNothing To See Here’s One Year Anniversary Screening – A Night of Works by Harun Farocki – Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Dikeou Collection in Denver. watch the trailer!

Grim New World – a screening by Nothing to See Here – Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Thinktank in Tucson. watch the trailer!

title goes here – a screening by Nothing to See Here – Saturday, November 8, 2014 as part of the Failure Festival in Boulder. watch the trailer!

it's not a phase – a screening by Nothing to See Here – Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Sidewinder in Denver. watch the trailer!

Brett Kashmere's From Deep – screens at Nothing to See Here – Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Sidewinder in Denver. watch the trailer!

we know you are watching – a screening by Nothing to See Here – Sunday, June 22, 2014 at Buntport Theater in Denver. watch the trailer!

Grim New World – a screening by Nothing to See Here – Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Sidewinder in Denver. watch the trailer!

LOUD!!! a screening by Nothing to See Here – Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Sidewinder in Denver. watch the trailer!

the tv is with us a screening by Nothing to See Here – Febrary 22, 2014 @ the Sidewinder. see the trailer! read about the program! learn how to disrupt tv signals yourself!

wandering through, across and within – a program of short artist videos – screened at: Counterpath Press in Denver – August 30, 2013; WNDX Festival of Moving Image in Winnipeg – September, 2013; and Antimatter [Media Art] in Victoria – October 19, 2013. watch the trailer!

O BONY ORBIT co-curated with Jeanne Liotta – a program of short video works as part of The Shape of the "I": A National Conference put on by English Language Notes.

17 hours of darkness ( it approaches in the wind) – II for Counterpath Press - November 2011

17 hours of darkness (reflections on this place I call home) – I for Light Industry – January 2009

about the league (PDF) (with Sara MacLean, Julie Saragosa & Michele Stanley – 2000-2003)