Christina Battle’s research and artistic work considers the parameters of disaster; looking to it as action, as more than mere event and instead as a framework operating within larger systems of power. Through this research she imagines how disaster could be utilized as a tactic for social change and as a tool for reimagining how dominant systems might radically shift. Seeds are meant to disperse (2015-ongoing) is an ongoing work where Christina grows, saves and shares seeds. Seeds take time to grow, to harvest, to prepare, and to share—an act that she sees as gift as much as necessity and survival. As such, the seeds are offered as barter or gift, in an attempt to encourage and support alternative systems of exchange. As the seeds are gifted and grown they are meant to help others begin to build a world different from the trajectory it is currently on. Christina continues to adapt and rethink strategies as the work strives to be more aware of itself: of the ways in which it might help draw attention to food security & sustainability, species diversification, seed copyright, climate change, urban renewal, and anti-capitalist forms of exchange. Seeds are meant to disperse.

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