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Performing the Home at Home

Posted by: christina balch on October 27, 2016 Blog
Performing the Home at Home

Performing the Home was a site-specific, experiential art exhibit curated by me at the Nave Gallery Annex in Somerville, MA in August 2016. Artists featured in the exhibit can be viewed on the exhibit website here. Tossed & Found provided all the refurbished furniture and has many beautiful pieces for sale in Somerville (see photo at end of article). Clutter Performing the Home encouraged reflection on mundane acts in the home especially in relation to gender, technology, and perception. Performances related to body hair removal, personal organization, eating and reading were made available for public consumption in the gallery space at Nave Gallery Annex and online via YouTube videos and the exhibit website. Curating Performing the Home was, at times, an existential experience. I couldn’t help but think about my own performances at home while I was curating the exhibit, especially while the exhibit was running. I shaved my legs […]

We are cyborgs

Posted by: christina balch on April 11, 2016 Blog
We are cyborgs

“I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess.” – Donna Haraway The Terminator and sci-fi thrillers quickly come to mind when people use the word “cyborg”, and most of my peers choose to ignore or reject this geeky genre – myself included until recently. Well, it’s true, I’m fascinated by cyborgs, or at least the idea of cyborgs as described by Donna Haraway, a socialist feminist scientist. Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto was recommended to me late last year, and I’ve been going down a cyborg rabbit hole ever since – reading about cyberfeminism, thinking about cyborgs, and considering feminist science fiction for pleasure reading (haven’t committed to this yet). A Cyborg Manifesto was written in 1985, but the topics addressed in Haraway’s article are very relevant to todays’ concerns and ripe for discussion twenty years later. This Wired article titled You Are Cyborg from 1997 speaks to the issues […]

Winter Reading List

Posted by: christina balch on February 1, 2016 Blog
Winter Reading List

Living in New England now, winter is my favorite time to focus on new work. It’s also a reflective time for me. I have decided to make public my winter reading list in the hopes that others will read along, comment, question, or make recommendations. Inspired by Martha Wilson Sourcebook which I picked up at PPOW Gallery as part of her exhibit, I am revisiting articles and writings that formed my artistic foundation, mostly feminist art critiques and statements. I started reading feminist writings and learning about feminist art in college when I first became a feminist and decided that I am definitively an artist. Other readings are new to me, but follow similar feminist themes. Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? – Linda Nochlin for ARTnews, 1971 Making Up: Role Playing and Transformation in Women’s Art. – Lucy R. Lippard for Ms. Magazine, 1975 Cyborg Manifesto by Donna […]

Notes from the Morija Arts Centre Artist Residency

Posted by: christina balch on September 7, 2015 Blog
Notes from the Morija Arts Centre Artist Residency

“Ntate moholo, u ea kae?” I teasingly call out to Thabiso, a three-year old boy who’s stomping away from me awkwardly holding a stick in his hand. “Old man, where are you going?” We’ve been calling him “old man” because he’s very serious and cantankerous – and he likes to hold a molamo, or walking stick, like old men in the village. He’s a very serious toddler. There’s another baby in the art center, Jack, who’s constantly strapped to Palesa’s back with a blanket. He’s always smiling and laughing and much more social than Thabiso. These two children hung out in the art center most days with me and other artists during my artist residency in Lesotho. The Morija Art Centre consists of 3 connected rooms and an outdoor table. About 15 of us worked in this space for the first two months of my residency, babies and all. At […]

What a Year! (or An Ode to 2014)

Posted by: christina balch on December 23, 2014 Blog
What a Year! (or An Ode to 2014)

2014 was filled with firsts. First solo exhibition, first acquisition, first time being on stage as part of a large, filmed production. The year kicked off with a bang when I was awarded an exhibit at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, Massachusetts along with Gary Duehr. It was actually a two-person show even though I continue to call it a solo show (sorry, Gary!). “Awake” at Gallery 263 was my first gallery exhibit of my Awake project and encouraged me to continue with the project. I included interactive pieces in the exhibit – “You Are Awake” was particularly successful with over 80 participants contributing to the piece with their mirror selfies. If you have the chance, check out Gallery 263 in Cambridgeport area – it’s a great little spot!   After selecting my first Awake installation from 2013 to be included in Community of Artists, a huge group show featuring New […]

Preparing for a TED talk

Posted by: christina balch on November 12, 2014 Blog
Preparing for a TED talk

I am honored to be sharing my story on the TED stage in one week in London. Though I am not supposed to share my talk topic before the event, I want to share some insights from this whirlwind experience of preparing to give a TED talk. Editing my story down to a very short time frame was probably the hardest part about the process. I have so much I want to say, but the TED team really challenged me to cut out any excess and use as few words as possible to get my point across. Then, there’s the practicing! I’ve said my speech a hundred times at this point, and I need to say it 100 more according to TED coaches and previous speakers. You can’t practice enough times! I’m very excited to head to London to give the talk of a lifetime with 12 other fantastic speakers! […]