A2 Member Feature: Christina Balch

DATE:  April 18, 2019     CATEGORIES:  Somerville Media Center Partnership

Christina Balch: Artist, Producer, Technologist

Christina Balch is a multi-disciplinary artist interested in the way people define themselves digitally, especially through the use of mobile technology and self-documentation. Recently, Christina learned basic programming languages, Javascript and Arduino, and has incorporated them into her art projects. Process and experimentation play an important role in Christina’s practice. Her latest project titled Extensions explores digital memory and data sets by creating both physical and digital objects based on personal data. Christina joined Artisan’s Asylum in 2018 to learn more programming in the electronics and robotics department at Artisan’s Asylum as she moved into a creative technologist role. She first worked with Andrew Anselmo on a heart beat visualization with LEDs that will be included in the AVATARS // futures exhibition opening on April 26th.

Christina works as a freelance creative producer, designer and technologist for digital creative marketing and advertising projects. She has managed creative website projects for over 10 years and has enjoyed recently shifting to managing creative technology projects with her clients. You can see her commercial work and services and contact info on her producer website: https://www.digchristinabalch.com

As part of her producer role, Christina also curates art exhibitions locally. In 2019, she curated AVATARS // ghosts and AVATARS // futures, both at the Nave Gallery in Somerville, with co-curators in San Francisco – the two exhibits explore the ways that artists use representation in today’s digital information age. AVATARS // futures features Christina’s art work and work by other makers at Artisan’s Asylum – see the exhibition April 26 through May 18 at the Nave Gallery. In 2016, she also curated a performance-based art exhibit called Performing the Home at the Nave Gallery in Somerville, Massachusetts. Christina showed her Awake project at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at TED@StateStreet in London where Christina also gave a TED talk. Originally from Southern California, Christina now lives and works in Somerville and exhibits in the Boston area.

More info about the AVATARS // futures exhibition

On view: April 26 – May 18, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, April 26, 7-9pm

Artist Panel Discussion: Friday, May 10, 7-9pm

Nave Gallery

155 Powder House Blvd.

Somerville, MA 02144

Gallery Hours: Saturday & Sunday 1-5pm or by appointment

Artist website: https://christinabalch.com/