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4-channel video installation, 1 min. English.

Notes to Self is an ongoing series of videos documenting a simple, repetitive act as a way to mimic our fleeting engagement with social media status updates. Fragments of text, in the form of notes to myself, are set on fire with varying degrees of success. Unlike social media updates, the fate of these updates is controlled and finite, existing only for a few seconds before being completely destroyed. The notes, which range from humorous reminders and revelations to recollections about larger societal events, are simple in both form and execution, allowing for a critical and considered viewing response.

Christina Battle, born in Edmonton, Canada in 1975, is a media artist, curator, arts administrator, and educator. She is currently working toward a PhD in Art & Visual Culture at the University of Western Ontario. She has exhibited internationally in festivals and galleries.

Production Christina Battle. Production company Christina Battle (St. Albert, Canada). Director Christina Battle. Screenplay Christina Battle. Cinematography Christina Battle. Editing Christina Battle. Sound design Christina Battle. Sound Christina Battle. Production design Christina Battle. In cooperation with the Embassy of Canada.


Selection: 2004: fall storm (california, 2003) (3 min.), paradise falls, new mexico (5 min.), buffalo lifts (3 min.). 2005: the distance between here and there (7 min.). 2006: hysteria (4 min.), three hours, fifteen minutes before the hurricane struck (5 min.), traveling thru with eyes closed tight (map #2 – january 03 thru january 06) (4 min.), Behind the Walls and Under the Stairs (3 min.). 2009: Behind the Shadows (16 min.), wandering through secret storms (6 min.). 2010: Tracking Sasquatch (field report #1) (5 min.). 2011: To reveal the fourteen windows (with Julie Carr, 8 min.), when the smog-filled wind began to howl (5 min.). 2012: on the day it started there wasn’t a cloud in sight (6 min.). 2013: Explorations of an Unexpected Time Traveler (5 min.). 2014: the space between here and there (the yukon river) (video installation), The people in this picture are standing on all that remained of a handsome residence (video installation), Montgomery, Colorado (video installation), Tracking Sasquatch (field report #3) (1 min.). 2015: Games To Help You Get Ready To Live In The Police State [a series of instructions] (video installation), It’s Been This Way From The Start (with Adán De La Garza, 4 min.), ∆ (when the cities burn) (6 min.), End Transmission (video installation). 2016: off this spinning rock (3 min.), Tracking Sasquatch (field report #4) (8 min.). 2017: the future is a distorted landscape (video installation). 2018: BAD STARS (video installation), Water once ruled (6 min.), Notes to Self.

Photo: © Christina Battle

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