Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – multimedia installation

Pat Badani

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – multimedia installation
Region: Chicago, IL
MacDowell Fellowships: 2016

Pat Badani is an artist, researcher, educator, and editor interested in the relationship between new media and social practice. She draws from the fields of art, science, and technology to create interactive and participatory projects. Her work is concerned with notions of foreignness, mediations, translations, and the fluid status of borders and bridges that separate and link cultures, languages, geographies, art mediums, and processes. She received an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (USA) and a B.F.A. from the University of Alberta (Canada).

Badani current lives and works in Chicago and has travelled to exhibit and/or talk about her work and research in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, the U.S., France, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Turkey, and South Africa.

During her 2016 MacDowell residency, Badani conceived the project that would later become her book Comestible 7-Day Meal Plan: Food as Text.

She exhibits her projects broadly in university galleries, museums, and emergent media festivals, participating with her work in national and international solo and group exhibitions at ASU Herberger Institute Gallery; UIC-Ispace; ILSTU University Galleries; EIU Tarble Arts Center; NSCAD University Anna Leonowens Gallery; Museum London; Canadian Cultural Center Paris; Maison de L’Amerique Latine Paris; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico; Museo de Monterrey; New Forms Festival; ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art); Transmediale Art and Digital Culture; FILE (Electronic Language Festival); Festival Internacional de la Imagen; Espacio Fundación Telefónica; and Balance-Unbalance [Arts + Sciences x Technology = Environment / Responsibility], to name a few.

Badani’s academic trajectory include full-time faculty at Illinois State University (School of Art), and at Colombia College Chicago (Interdisciplinary Arts). As lecturer she has participated in discussions about her work hosted at: The New School (N.Y.); NYU Steinhardt School of Culture (N.Y.); Pratt Institute (N.Y.); Northwestern University (Chicago); UIC (Chicago); UIUC (Urbana- Champaign); University of Toronto; Concordia University (Montreal); Simon Frazer University (Vancouver); iDAT Plymouth University (U.K.); University of Sydney (Australia); Institute of Cultural Studies ZHdK Zurich (Switzerland); Kungl. Konsthögskolan/KKH, (Sweden); University of Bologna (Italy); Sabanci University (Istanbul); and Universidad de Caldas (Colombia).

Badani 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).

Having served as executive board of directors officer with the New Media Caucus (USA) between 2010 and 2016, she currently serves in the board of directors of ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art) overseeing the continuation of the annual symposia.



Pat Badani worked in the Eastman studio.

Thanks to the generous support of MacDowell Fellow and board member Louise Eastman, this century-old farm building was reinvented as a modern, energy efficient live and workspace for visual artists. Originally built in 1915 to house a forge and provide storage when the residency program was expanding, this small barn was simply converted for…

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