Christina Battle and Adán De La Garza’s Grim New World

The Drowning Room – Reynold Reynolds and Patrick Jolley – 10 mins – 2000 “A sequence of domestic vignettes from the sunken suburbs. In the house, the stagnant atmosphere has slowly thickened to liquid. The inhabitants try to carry on as normal but beyond the borders of asphyxiation, communication is limited and expression difficult. Filmed entirely underwater in a submerged house to create an atmosphere unlike any other film.”
The Drowning Room – Reynold Reynolds and Patrick Jolley – 10 mins – 2000
“A sequence of domestic vignettes from the sunken suburbs. In the house, the stagnant atmosphere has slowly thickened to liquid. The inhabitants try to carry on as normal but beyond the borders of asphyxiation, communication is limited and expression difficult. Filmed entirely underwater in a submerged house to create an atmosphere unlike any other film.”
Christina Battle and Adán De La Garza have been going full steam- making new work together, curating and presenting socially engaged video works. Socially engaged, to be honest, often means work that people like my husband think is draggingly depressive. Lots of people want art only to be something beautiful, purely entertainment and definitely not in the realm of justice or containing any political context. I’m a bit more pragmatic, daily reading the business section and think there’s a lot to be learned from history. Ever since my son started studying ecology and evolutionary biology I’ve been obsessed with learning about catastrophic events- from natural disasters to the possibilities of the next superbug sending us into another dark age. Haven’t we all been entranced by doomsday prophecies since the lead up to the new millennia? So, I perked up when I started reading about Battle and De La Garza’s new screening program "Grim New World" next week at the Sidewinder Tavern. I was all in. With a lineup that includes artists like Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby presenting communications from "The Future," as told by an animated cat and a rabbit or Reynold Reynolds and Patrick Jolley's The Drowning Room, 2000 where a suburban family slowly suffocates in their water filled house- the next curated screening, "Grim New World," is sure to be interesting, funky and laced with bitter commentary on contemporary life. Battle and De La Garza will also screen their newest work five states of freedom [number 3], 2014. While Colorado is most renowned for being the site of inspiration for Katherine Lee Bates "America the Beautiful," John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High," or the contemporary cartoon, "South Park" or our news inducing legalization of marijuana- Battle and De La Garza have sidestepped all these red-herrings and focused on Colorado's history as a center of production and storage of armaments. Documenting the Titan 1 Missile Silo right outside of Denver has produced images that rend an eerily, sci-fi quality to the remnants of the vast U.S. military complex. Junky that I am- I can hardly wait.
"Grim New World" [a video screening for the impending collapse] conspired by Nothing To See Here [Christina Battle + Adán De La Garza] Saturday, May 24, 2014 8pm doors; 8.30 show [real time not punk time] $8 or pay what you can The Sidewinder [4485 Logan Street, Denver]

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