---Pat Badani is an artist, researcher, writer, and editor, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
---BFA from the University of Alberta (Canada). MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago (U.S.A).
---She lives in Chicago and often works in Montreal, or elsewhere in the globe. She has travelled to exhibit and/or talk about her work in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, the USA, France, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Australia, and Turkey.
--- Her work has been showcased in international contexts: ISEA; Transmediale; Balance-Unbalance; New Forms Festival; FILE; Festival Internacional de la Imagen; Espacio Fundación Telefónica; Canadian Cultural Center Paris; Maison de L’Amerique Latine, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico; and Museo de Monterrey.
---Her artwork has been subject of essays published in "Art Papers", "Afterimage", "Art Nexus", "Nouvelle revue d'esthétique"; in numerous exhibition catalogues; and in book chapters: "Of Borders & Bridges" (A. Giunta, Jrp/Ringier); and "Ser y Ver" (R. Tibol, Plaza Y Janez).
---As lecturer she has participated in discussions hosted at: University of Toronto (Canada); Simon Frazer University (Canada); Northwestern University (Chicago); UIC (Chicago); Pratt Institute (N.Y.); The New School (N.Y.); NYU Steinhardt School of Culture (N.Y.); Universidad de Caldas (Colombia); University of Sydney (Australia); Institute of Cultural Studies ZHdK Zurich (Switzerland); iDAT Plymouth University (U.K.); Kungl. Konsthögskolan/KKH, (Sweden), and University of Bologna (Italy).
--- As writer and editor, she is past Editor-in-Chief of "Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus" (USA), and Lead Editor of "Artelogie" EHESS (France). Her research has been published in "Leonardo Journal" (MIT Press) and in book chapters: "Extranjeros en la Tecnología y en la Cultura" (Ed. N. Garcia Canclini, Ariel); Advances in Visual Methodology (Ed. S. Pink, Sage); and "Parcours Interculturels. Être et devenir" (Ed. M. Morel, Éditions Peisaj).
--- As educator, her academic trajectory include full-time faculty at Illinois State University (School of Art), and at Colombia College Chicago (Interdisciplinary Arts).
--- Affiliations include Board of Directors of ISEA International (International Symposium on Electronic Art), and Executive Board of Directors Officer with the New Media Caucus (USA).
---Video dialogues can be accessed in the links below:
Festival Internacional de la Imagen (2017): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4ISrRc8tJU
Badani-Pratt-Lecture (2015): https://vimeo.com/124946295
Festival Internacional de la Imagen (2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_KNYTpqqeI
BADANI- Eco-Activism – Lecture – ISEA2013: https://vimeo.com/69166892
Espacio Fundación Telefónica (2009): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwfgxMyN49g
ABOUT THE PRACTICE
Born in Argentina, I've lived in Peru, Mexico, Canada, France and, eventually, Chicago. Different places, cultures, and languages have not only shaped me as an individual, but also informed my creative output. I consider my experimental projects as a laboratory, allowing me to filter everyday experiences and relate them to larger concepts: transculturality, migration, and sustainable living.
I address topics of cultural prevalence and – because I think these are best expressed with materials and technologies of the times – with each project I integrate new tools, source materials and manners of audience engagement. Having incorporated the interactive and participatory features provided by electronic mediums and devices in online art works and smartphone apps, my recent works engage both physical objects and electronic technologies - co-mingling material and virtual realms.
My current projects and work since 1990's (Al-Grano, Hometransfer, Housebroken, Tower-Tour...) use FOOD to inspect cultural relationships that embody socio-political codes of meaning. From the ‘still lives’ of the 16th century to the artists of the 20th century FOOD has been used for experimentation with materials and structures, and for social critique. Food is something we all have in common. What we eat and how it’s grown have always been prominent social issues - from 1930’s dust bowl scarcity to today’s threat of climate change, forcing us to face the menace of possible starvation through environmental degradation. With these thoughts in mind, I use food as both subject matter and material, to examine food’s social construction. With bread, corn, and organic vegetables and fruits as investigative platforms, I explore social divides between “healthy” and “unhealthy,” discuss politics of agricultural exploitation, and even create whimsical recipes that chronicle the collective imaginary in food diets today, embodying the desires of a society marked by digital mobility and information consumption.
My multi-year and multi-part projects are grounded on art-practice marked by complexity and whole systems thinking. To manage complex projects, I apply an inventive system called “chunking”. Projects develop in 'chunks', a method that involves the creation of aggregate works nested under the same umbrella. ‘Chunking’ is used in cognitive studies to describe grouping or the formation of clusters in the application of learning methods and in human-computer design dialogues. When tackling layered, multi-year projects, I like to use the term to describe my operational model---a system of splitting content into small units or 'chunks' linked together through meaning. 'Chunking' facilitates inspection of a multifaceted subject—such as FOOD---with each chunk addressing a specific facet, and all chunks relate to the same nodal concept: sustainable living. This approach to research, creation and exhibition involves 'chunking' and restructuring of temporally and spatially heterogeneous material and information. When several project chunks are assembled as a group during public exhibitions, different subjectivities are produced as viewers/participants are compelled to unravel meaning by engaging in a chunking process themselves.
An article in which I discuss this system is published in Leonardo Journal, Vol. 50, #1 (February 2018) - MIT Press: https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/LEON_a_01336