Pat Badani

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Pat Badani
Buenos Aires, Argentina
EducationSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Alberta
Known forPhotography, installation, digital art
WebsitePat Badani website

Pat Badani (born Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a Canadian-American interdisciplinary artist, writer/editor, and researcher whose works promote ecological balance and sustainable human-world relations.[1] She is best known for utopian/dystopian themes in works dealing with human migration,[2] globalization,[3] connections between food and cultures, and sustainability.[4][5] Art projects often include culinary art, photography, installation, digital art, internet art, mobile apps, and creative writing.[6] Articles about her work have appeared in art magazines (Afterimage, Art Papers, Art Nexus), in journals (Leonardo), and in book chapters ("Extranjeros en la Tecnología y en la Cultura," Ed. Néstor García Canclini, Colección Fundación Telefónica/Ariel, 2009; "The Performing Observer: Essays on Contemporary Art, Performance, and Photography", Dr. Martin Patrick, Intellect, The University of Chicago Press, 2023). She is a board member of the International Symposium on Electronic Art since 2017,[7] and former editor-in-chief of Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus (2010-2016), an academic art journal published in the U.S.A.[8][9]


Pat Badani earned a BFA from the University of Alberta in Canada (1975) and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), in the U.S.A. (2001).[10] Having lived and worked in Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Canada, France, and finally in the US, Badani's experiences, observations, and research inform her creative output, which often incorporates both electronic and physical mediums.[11][12]


Badani's work has been shown internationally in museums, art centers, and media art festivals in Mexico (Museo de Arte Moderno, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Museo del Chopo), Argentina (Espacio Fundacion Telefónica), Brazil (FILE-Electronic Language International Festival), Colombia (Festival Internacional de la Imagen),[13] Canada (Art Souterrain Festival, Museum London, The Beaverbrook Art Gallery), the U.S.A. (Herberger Institute Night Gallery, Tarble Art Center, ELO - Electronic Literature Organization), France (Centre culturel canadien Paris, Maison de l’Amérique Latine, ISEA2000), Spain (MECAD Media Center), and England (iDat Plymouth University, Stanley Picker Gallery Kingston University, Watershed Media Center). Her interactive, participatory projects use technology as both subject and medium, such as the 2015 installation make-a-move, a work consisting of screens displaying motion-responsive portraits whose eyes follow passerby to address concerns about electronic surveillance in public space.[14][15] Al Grano (2010-2016), a 3-part art project, used the corn seed as a symbol of Mesoamerican history, culture, and agriculture in a global economy.[16] The work includes elements that reveal – via a mobile app – the presence of genetically modified corn in breakfast cereals.[17] Badani further explored food and sustainability in another project, Comestible: Seven Day Meal Plan (2016–present).[18][19] The work lampooned dietic utopias in Western nutrition trends through an illustrated sardonic cookbook with photographs of Badani's artistically displayed meals, whimsical recipes, and packaging akin to meal subscription boxes.[20] The artist also explored participation and interpretation of digital archives in internet-based art projects.[21] These include Home Transfer (2000-2002);[22] Where are you from? Stories (2002-2009);[23][24] and Where Life is Better (2003).[25] Badani's projects often occur in series and she uses the cognitive technique of “chunking” – a mental process of dividing large information into smaller “chunks” – to facilitate both creation and exhibition of her work.[26] The artist wrote, “chunking facilitates inspection of a multifaceted subject – such as food security – with each chunk addressing a specific facet, and all chunks relating to the same nodal concept: sustainable living...when several project chunks are assembled as a group during exhibitions... viewers/participants engage in a chunking process, themselves.[27]


Badani has received awards and honors for her work in Canada and in the US, including 10 grants from The Canada Council for the Arts (among them, a one-year Media Arts Research-Creation grant in 2002 and Arts Abroad grants in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2022);[28] an award from DCASE - Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (2016);[29] a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship at MacDowell (2016);[30] and an Illinois Arts Council grant (2007). In 2011 her work was selected and registered on Creative Capital’s artists to watch list “On Our Radar.” Badani has been nominated for two merit awards, in 2010 she was nominated for an Art Matters Fellowship and in 2018 she was nominated for an (AWAW) Anonymous Was A Woman Award recognizing women of vision in the U.S.A. In 2020 her work was recognized by the Electronic Literature Lab for Advanced Inquiry into Born Digital Media alongside other international e-lit women pioneer and visionaries.


  1. ^ School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Academia website. Pat Badani Accessed January 28, 2019.
  2. ^ Leenhardt, Jacques. R’évolution des Particules, Maison de l’Amérique Latine, catalogue introduction, March 3, 1994. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Bédard, Catherine. Tower-Tour, Canadian Cultural Center website, catalogue introduction, May 16, 1997. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Rhizome, database of digital art and culture, Pat Badani website profile, 2008. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  5. ^ Balance-Unbalance, Water, Climate and Place - Reimagining Environments, website profile, March 19, 2015. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  6. ^ ADA, Archive of Digital Art, Pat Badani website profile, 2017. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  7. ^ The ISEA International foundation board. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  8. ^ Selman, Joshua. Pat Badani at CAA. In conversation with Media-N Journal of the New Media Caucus. Artist Organized Art, February 27, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  9. ^ Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus. Illinois Library IOPN. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  10. ^ Agricola de Cologne. (AdC) Interviews Pat Badani. JIP, Java Museum Interview Project, The New Museum of Networked Art, 2004-2008. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  11. ^ ISEA2011-Istanbul. Ms. Pat Badani. The 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art, 14–21 September 2011. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  12. ^ Festival Internacional de la Imagen. Pat Badani, Canadá. 5–9 May 2014. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  13. ^ Festival Internacional de la Imagen. Pat Badani, ISEA. 5–9 May 2014. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  14. ^ Marckrous, Paule. Pat Badani, make-A-move Installation, Vitrine TOPO, November 15, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  15. ^ Clement, Eric. Art Souterrain 2015, Espace Libre, La Presse. March 6, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  16. ^ Bédard, Catherine. Culture transgénique et art global: le projet Al Grano de Pat Badani. Nouvelle Revue d’Esthètique, 2011 / 2 (N.8), pages 144 to 152. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  17. ^ Center for Contemporary Canadian Art Database Project. Al Grano: Augmented Cereals. Augmented Reality Intervention in public space, 2014-2016. Concordia University, Institute for Studies in Canadian Art. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  18. ^ Pannucci, Cynthia. Food: Art Inspires Science. 18th International Art-Sci Exhibition, New York Hall of Science, September 17, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  19. ^ Center for Contemporary Canadian Art Database Project. COMESTIBLE: Seven-Day Meal Plan, 2017. Concordia University, Institute for Studies in Canadian Art. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  20. ^ Badani, Pat. Comestible: Seven-Day Meal Plan. Balance-Unbalance: A Sense of Place. iDat, Plymouth University, UK., August 20, 2017. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  21. ^ Coover, Roderick, Pat Badani, Flavia Caviezel, Mark Marino, William Uricchio. Digital Technologies, Visual Research and the Non-Fiction Image, in Advances in Visual Methodology. Ed. Sarah Pink. Sage Publishers, 2012. Pages 191 to 208. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  22. ^ Home Transfer, ISEA2000, Forum des Images, Paris, France, December 7 to 10, 2000. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  23. ^ Where are you from?_Stories. Research/creation phase, January 2000. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  24. ^ Where are you from?_Stories. Chicago Version, May 29, 2005. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  25. ^ Center for Contemporary Canadian Art Database Project. Where Life is Better, September 5 to October 6, 2003. Concordia University, Institute for Studies in Canadian Art. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  26. ^ Badani, Pat. Chunking and Recoding in the Al Grano Project. Leonardo Journal, Volume 51, Issue 1, MIT Press, February 2018. Pages 24-27. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  27. ^ Badani, Pat. Radical Reordering: Bit-size Chunks in the Al Grano Project, in proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art, “Disruptions”, August 14 to 19, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  28. ^ Canada Council for the Arts, Research Grants to Quebec / Patricia Badani-Rosato, August 2002. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  29. ^ DCASE Award, Creative Projects / Patricia Badani-Rosato, April 11, 2016. Accessed January 28, 2019.
  30. ^ MacDowell Colony National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Interdisciplinary Artist, Winter 2016. Accessed January 28, 2019.

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