• Artist: Christina Battle
  • Medium: Video Installation
  • Project Type: Creation : Destruction
  • Curator: Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta
  • Neighbourhood: Fort York

Notes written from the artist to herself on a regular basis are set on fire, one at a time.


Visitor Centre, Fort York National Historic Site

  • Address: 250 Fort York Blvd.
  • Public Washrooms: No
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Indoors

The Project

“Notes to Self” is an ongoing series of videos documenting a single, simple, repetitive act: Notes written from the artist to herself on a regular basis are set on fire one at a time, with varying degrees of success. These single-sentence texts feature everything from personal reminders and revelations to reflections on a wide range of news and cultural events. Structurally, these texts recall the familiar form of the social media status update—reactive, reflexive, emphatic. But while most online updates are designed to pile up into a permanent record of a user’s thoughts and beliefs, the notes in “Notes To Self” exist only for a few seconds on video before they are completely destroyed. The project, which has been ongoing since 2014, will be presented as a three channel video installation, creating an endless loop of creation, reflection and destruction.

The Artist

Christina Battle is interested in the parameters and possibilities of disaster. Rather than seeing it as merely a framework or type of event, her work imagines how disaster can be used as a tactic for instigating social change. Her art also explores disaster as a tool for imagining radical shifts in dominant systems of power.