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. With a focus on images related to incidents of disaster, 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]
"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
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.
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.
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).
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!
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)