CHARLESTON – A computer-based interactive art exhibition by international artist Pat Badani will premiere on Thursday evening at the Tarble Arts Center on the Eastern Illinois University campus.
The artist's reception will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Badani will talk at 7:30. Admission is free, and the public is invited. The installation, titled [in time time], will remain on view through Feb. 24 in the Tarble's eGallery.
[in time time] involves two new media time-based works – the video [8 bits] and interactive computer animation titled [ping-pong-flow]. Rather than having a static image, as in a painting or a still photograph, time-based artworks have moving images, such as video, that involve performance or interaction, and often incorporate sound.
[8 bits] is a documentary narrative based on interviews Badani had with her ailing 86-year-old father in Argentina. The video explores the relationship of memory to consciousness, and the essence of memory versus the accuracy of memory. The video is presented on a monitor as a split-screen loop with sound.
[ping-pong-flow] is a large-scale, projected, interactive animation. Gallery visitors interact with the computer-controlled, seemingly "thinking image" that appears to have consciousness. This piece references a work with a similar title by performance video artist Valie Export.
Badani is an Argentinean-Canadian artist now living in Chicago. She works across several media such as video, digital and computer to examine personal and collective territorial boundaries and aspects of globalization such as migration, nomadism, translocal identities and language convergence.
She studied at the University of Alberta in Canada and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A full-time educator, researcher and lecturer, Badani has received 19 awards in three countries for her art, and her projects have been shown in numerous museums, contemporary art centers and international new media festivals and symposiums in Canada, the United States, Europe and Latin America.
Technical assistance for the exhibition at EIU was provided by Nogginaut and Studio Cypher, and Sharon Karp served as production assistant. The essay for the exhibition publication was written by Martin Patrick, senior lecturer at Massey University in New Zealand.
This premiere of [in time time] was made possible by support from the Tarble Arts Center Fund of the EIU Foundation. It is one of two original works commissioned as part of this year's Contemporary Currents series and to commemorate the Tarble's 25th anniversary.
The Tarble Arts Center on Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Mondays and on Feb. 15. For information, call 581-2787, e-mail tarbleeiu.edu or visit online www.eiu.edu/tarble.