Christina Battle & Adán De La Garza continue underground video screenings in Denver

it’s not a phase from Nothing To See Here on Vimeo.

Check out the short preview of this month’s curated screening “it’s not a phase.” This “exploration of formative angst” also recalls a sort of “ugly feeling” acquired through unequal and unresolved power relations that is prolonged and obscured through an endless erasure of history.

Allow me to extrapolate here.

Battle and De La Garza offer something “fresh” every month. This month will again be held at the Sidewinder in Globeville (a seemingly forgotten neighborhood north of downtown Denver).

Past video screenings by Battle and De La Garza have combined artists works that deal with ideas around surveillance, things about the end of the world and our ability to disrupt communication. Knowing that their own personal work has dealt with historical place I thought that methods of presentation and perhaps even the history of Denver, Globeville and the Sidewinder Tavern is of import as well. Do they intend to incorporate the history of place into the “Nothing to See Here” programming? I’m not sure but my own participation has allowed me to think freely.

Let me now step on my history buff soap box.

The building that houses the tavern was built in 1894 for the area’s Croatian-Slovenian immigrants and eventually became a site for labor battles in 1903. Situated close to the Platte River- put on your ficto-critical cap and imagine it pre-Euro- then again as a site of conflict that culminated in the November 29, 1864 Sand Creek Massacre in South-Eastern Colorado.

On the Globeville website, this area is listed as “a home to a few trappers, traders, the Cheyenne and Arapahoe. The discovery of gold brought prospectors, homesteaders and entrepreueurs, among them Globeville’s first mayor, William Hanford Clark, and the Sanguinetti family. With the coming of the railroads and the construction of The Boston and Colorado Smelter in 1878, the area changed from a rural outpost to an industrial town.”

According to “The causes of the Sand Creek massacre were rooted in the long conflict for control of the Great Plains of eastern Colorado. The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 guaranteed ownership of the area north of the Arkansas River to the Nebraska border to the Cheyenne and Arapahoe. However, by the end of the decade, waves of Euro-American miners flooded across the region in search of gold in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, placing extreme pressure on the resources of the arid plains. By 1861, tensions between new settlers and Native Americans were rising.”

“According to an historical narrative on the event titled “Chief Left Hand”, by Margaret Coel, contributing factors that led to the massacre were: Governor Evans’ desire to hold title to the resource rich Denver-Boulder area; government trust officials’ avoidance of Chief Left Hand (a linguistically gifted Southern Arapaho chief), when executing a legal treaty that transferred title of the area away from Indian Trust; a local cavalry stretched thin by the demands of the Civil War; the hijacking of their supplies by a few stray Indian warriors who had lost respect for their chiefs and followers of Chief Left Hand (including a group of Cheyenne and Arapaho elders, a few well behaved warriors, and mostly women and children), who had received a message to report to Fort Lyon with the promise of safety and food at the Fort, or risk being considered “hostile” and ordered killed by the cavalry. (The tribe had been deprived of their normal wintering grounds in the Boulder area.)”

Read Margaret Coel’s Chief Left Hand: Southern Arapaho (Civilization of the American Indian Series) that is “the first biography of Chief Left Hand, diplomat, linguist, and legendary of the Plains Indians. Working from government reports, manuscripts, and the diaries and letters of those persons—both white and Indian—who knew him, Margaret Coel has developed an unusually readable, interesting, and closely documented account of his life and the life of his tribe during the fateful years of the mid-1800s. It was in these years that thousands of gold-seekers on their way to California and Oregon burst across the plains, first to traverse the territory consigned to the Indians and then, with the discovery of gold in 1858 on Little Dry Creek (formerly the site of the Southern Arapaho winter campground and presently Denver, Colorado), to settle.”

from the facebook event

“[an exploration of formative angst (a video screening) ]
conspired by Nothing To See Here
Saturday, September 20, 2014
8pm doors; 8.30 show [real time not punk time]
$8 or pay what you can (no one will ever be turned away)
The Sidewinder [4485 Logan Street, Denver]

Drawing ties between underground subcultures and the construct of youth as contributors to the struggle to develop personal autonomy. A common thread across ‘it’s not a phase’ considers how these experiences lead toward a greater sense of empowerment and influence the person that one becomes.

With Works By: Leslie Supnet, Ben Russell, Scott Treleavan, Mike Mills, Adán De La Garza and more.”

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