100 Colorado Creatives: Christina Battle
#31: Christina Battle Video and multimedia installation artist Christina Battle hails from Edmonton, but now calls Denver her home. During her time in Colorado, she's taught for the Film Studies department at the University of Colorado at Boulder and more recently at Metro State University of Denver, but primarily she makes sophisticated experimental work, which has been screened in festivals, galleries and museums both here and abroad. This year Battle was installed as a RedLine resident artist, and her work is included in RedLine's 2013 resident show, An Invisible Boundary, running through the end of December.
Christina Battle, Filing Memory, 2010.
We asked Battle to tackle our 100CC questionnaire; her answers follow.
See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Eric Dallimore
Christina Battle, The Twelve Devil's Graveyards Around the World, documentation from exhibition at WARC Gallery (Toronto), mixed media installation [HD video loops, 16mm loop, projected light, archival magazine, 2013].
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
This is the hardest question ever! I have been thinking about it for a few days now. I was trying to think about some of the things that have been important to me since I was a kid and that have influenced me and my work in some way: maybe someone working with science fiction, like Philip K. Dick or Douglas Adams or George Orwell, or Ray Bradbury, or Isaac Asimov or Margaret Atwood or H.G. Wells or Chris Carter; or horror like Octavia Butler or David Cronenberg or George Romero or David Lynch; or from rock 'n' roll; or the punk rock.
Then I tried to think of someone who has broken rules and exerted real tangible change in society, like those involved in the civil rights movement (without whom I would likely not have the opportunity to write this for you now) or the labor movement, like Martin Luther King Jr. or Angela Davis or Cesar Chavez.
But then I was thinking I'm actually much more interested in what people are doing RIGHT NOW and tried to think of someone who somehow could embody all of those things. I don't know. I'm sill thinking about it. What about one of the scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider? That'd be super interesting, they have already contributed to shifting the way we think about the universe. Who knows what truths they'll dispel next!
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
I went to a talk that Oregon-based activist Micah White gave at RMCAD's Visiting Artist, Scholar and Designer Program a couple weeks ago called "The Future of Protest" and walked away totally inspired. He has some interesting ideas and tangible plans for how we might re-imagine the current political system.
I also was stopped at a railway stop with a friend a week ago and watched a train pass covered in The Texican Gothic's moniker, which was pretty amazing to experience.
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