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. I look to depictions of connection and change in the natural and mystical for parallels in aiding limitations across internal and external relationships. Drawing from research on behavioral economics, outsider bias, motivation and expressions of non-linear time as the basis for exploring and responding to theory in an experiential format.

A/V works blend abstraction with verité footage and field recordings, using analog and digital processes. 

Explorations are 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).