Shelly Badal


I work with the senses to cultivate relatedness and presence via performance, sound, language, visual art, and community organizing.

My interest in connection is a continuation of an inherited tradition stemming from roots in the Caucasus Mountains. Oscillating between these practices and experiences as an immigrant in the U.S, I observe class and cultural dynamics while drawing from research on behavioral economics, outsider bias, and motivation.

Recent A/V collaborations are intuition-driven pieces that blend abstraction with verité footage using analog and digital processes.

Explorations have been primed by dual degrees in psychology and film, working in public radio (KCRW), scripted development (Sony Pictures Television), independent productions and co-running an interdisciplinary art space (Vocal Warehouse).