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About Present Box
Present Box is a series of temporary exhibitions that invite artists to transform BMoCA’s lobby and front entrance into innovative installations, performances, and events. The site-specific projects are intended to encourage artists to create work outside their comfort zone, and to foster interactive participation. Artists are also urged to explore themes that are relevant for our present time.
Battle’s practice looks at the role of the micro-gesture in order to consider how small, intimate actions might collectively foster change on a societal level. In light of the US 2020 centennial celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment, as well as the 2020 presidential election, this exhibition questions why and how our contemporary framing of elections manifest in a sense of political disengagement. Once we cast our votes, our consideration of how personal responsibility affects the greater collective often ends. Instead, Battle explores what political responsibility means by expanding our awareness of the micro-gesture.
Her project seeks to slow down time; to think about conversation as a two-directional responsibility; and to ask how small actions have power to influence change on a larger scale. In doing so, Battle asks us to collectively imagine different futures: futures that are more diverse, more just, and more progressive. By engaging with the online poetics of Twitter, Battle asks for an offline engagement with how we sense, feel, and understand proximity, encouraging a collective visualization of how “the view from here” might one day be different.
The exhibition revolves around the central collective power of the prompt to encourage others to consider their roles outside of the gallery, beyond the election itself. Prompts can engage with the intimate and the personal in ways that transform the notion of responsibility, challenge individual experience, and consider how our small micro-gestures might in turn inform collective action.