My current practice interrogates the challenges of information transmission and the complexities of mediation. Through drawn performance documents, site-specific interventions and time-based works, I am interested in exploring methods for measurement and description. My research draws on anthropologist Tim Ingold's notion of the "taskscape" which considers the investigation/evolution of any space as an unending social process of accumulating actions, intrinsically time-bound.
In his 1967 article “How long is the coast of Britain?” Benoit Mandelbrot describes the fractal dimension in advancing degrees of scale: the curved line of an inlet, the edge of a rock, a grain of sand, and finally, the individual molecule.1 A permutation of Zeno’s Dichotomy Paradox2, Mandelbrot’s example illustrates the elusive nature of scale in the relationship between observer and observed.3 Each attempt to source and articulate a quantity of information about a subject in turn describes the boundaries of consideration, and points to the phenomenon of inseparability that exists between the measurement and what it measures.
It is this phenomenon of inseparability that informs my practice as a visual artist: the inability of media to transmit information transparently. Karen Barad argues that the apparatus of observation performs a dynamic (re)configuring of the world: an “agential cut that enacts a local resolution within a larger indeterminacy.”4 With this in mind, endurance-based projects, focused on repetition and iteration, form the core of my work. This includes four series of hand-bound books, in addition to public intervention works and extended projects in video, sound and radio performance.
Biography: Juliana Pivato was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She moved to Montreal at 18 years of age to attend the National Theatre School of Canada. She completed her MFA in Sculpture at School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 and received a B.Mus from McGill University (1998) and a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University (2006), graduating with great distinction. She has had solo exhibitions at the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie (2011) and Division Gallery, Montreal (2010). Her work has also been exhibited in the USA, Japan and Italy and is featured in a number of collections. Since 2013, Juliana has been a lecturer in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She has received project funding from the Canada Council for the Arts (2014, 2012), the Ontario Arts Council (2014, 2011), the FQRSC (2007) and the SSHRC (2006).
1 Higgins, Hannah. The Grid Book. Cambridge: MIT, 2009, p. 268.
2 The cutting of a unit of measure in two such that the end goal can never be reached.
3 Higgins, Hannah. The Grid Book. Cambridge: MIT, 2009, p. 268.
4 Barad, Karen. "Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 23.3 (2003), p. 816