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In active response to the novel coronavirus and its unfolding, we offer ArtSci PARTICLES interviews with members of our concentric network. We are deeply inspired by the thoughts, actions, and research-based responses made by our community in this unprecedented time. 
EPISODE 2 // 

PAT BADANI


ABOUT THIS EPISODE:
 
 
"In epochs of crises people are psychologically drawn to the essential - to what the meaning is of our source and livelihood"
 

Artist, Pat Badani joins Victoria Vesna for a philosophical and socially contextual conversation about bread and food in the time of pandemic. For Badani, who uses bread making in her work, the process is intimate, material, and deeply connected to time. She is interested in how during times of crises, humans are drawn to the essential, and how this is symbolized by the relationships between humans, yeast, water and wheat. 

Pat Badani reminds us that collaboration and collective actions are vital during these times, not only between artists and scientists, but also between other species.  



 
ABOUT
PAT BADANI

Pat Badani is an artist, researcher, writer and academic born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has lived in Peru, Mexico, Canada, France and currently lives and works in Chicago, USA.
 
Badani’s diverse practice intermingles food and technology. Her work addresses topics of cultural prevalence related to food production and consumption through physical objects and electronic technologies. Projects incorporate the interactive and participatory features provided by digital mediums and devices in online artworks and smart phone apps. Using food as both subject matter and material, her work inspects the cultural relationships that embody socio-political codes of meaning.

 

L: Poilâne Bakers in Bakery, 1994; R: Tower Tour, bread bowl installation, 1997 
Bread bowl installation view showing piled up bowls, plates and platters cast in bread-dough manually produced at Poilâne Bakery (Paris) over three years. The project titled “Tower Tour” was shown during a solo exhibition of Badani’s work held at the Canadian Cultural Center, Paris
Culture and Ferments, 1999
Four immigrant bakers and Pat Badani carved slices from sculptures of leavened bread-dough. These gestures resonate by suggesting the social space immigrants produce in a new homeland, through work.
Parasite, 2000-2002
Screenshots from the work “Home Transfer”, a net art project. In the "Parasite" menu the visitor interacts with a whimsical text written from the point of view of a parasite, and then goes on to play a 'KILL, CONTAIN, or PROPAGATE’ parasite game. The player is rewarded with related slogans with each choice.
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"An ever-increasing number of Americans are staying at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19 through their communities, and they need something to do. Anyone without a sewing machine for making homemade masks to shore up our government’s shamefully low stockpile appears to be baking bread."

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Victoria Vesna interview with UCLA Arts &
Architecture! She introduces future PARTICLES
episodes, the role of artists and technologists during this time, as well as her recent work -

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