My focus professionally and artistically is on storytelling. I find my own voice in amplifying others’. I am the Video Production Coordinator on the marketing & communications team within the University of Pittsburgh’s Division of Student Affairs. I learned everything I know about professional video making during my three years with Pisano Films and through freelancing. I have a background in non-profits and art education, spending my first five years after college managing and teaching at the Design Arts Studio at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in Electronic and Time-Based Media and focusing on creating video and sound art in response to my experience as a Pilipinx immigrant, and how recorded images from various notions of “home” are translated during their own migrations across time and space.
I love the outdoors - hiking, canoeing, climbing, camping - and primarily commute via bicycle. I read books every day. When I was a child, I wanted to become a science fiction poet.
Here’s a PDF of my resume.
Di-ay Battad creates 2D and time-based work informed by people’s poetic relationships with themselves and their familiar and unfamiliar spaces. They think about the blurred lines between one’s identity and their surroundings, and about the feelings of both belonging and otherness in changing environments. Through drawings and video, Di-ay invokes their love of motion and narrative, their experiences as a migrant, and a sense that the story is yet to be finished.
Born in 1987 in Angono, Rizal, the Philippines, Di-ay lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA, where they received their BFA in Electronic and Time-Based Media from Carnegie Mellon University. They have exhibited their video, animation, and sound pieces internationally, including at the Freies Museum in Berlin, Germany; at Sonic Vigil at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork, Ireland; on Public Access TV in New York City; and at VIA Music & New Media Festival in Pittsburgh, PA.
[ solo and two-person ]
2018 | Freshworks: Talking With Ghosts About Freedom. Installation and performance with Kelsey Robinson. KST’s Alloy Studios, Pittsburgh, PA.
2018 | MIGRANT. Solo show. Milford Public Library Gallery. Milford, CT.
2014 | Home World. Solo show. Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh, PA.
2014 | ROOTED: New Works. Solo show. The Mr. Roboto Project, Pittsburgh, PA.
2007 | Similarly entitled…and will you buy drapes to match? Video installation. The University Center Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
[ group ]
2018 | The Glow Up. Ace Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA.
2018 | In Between The Middle: A #notwhite Collective Exhibition. The Brew House, Pittsburgh, PA.
2018 | mother / moth·er / məT͟Hər/. Percolate Gallery, Wilkinsburg, PA.
2017 | P(r)ints: A Pittsburgh Printmakers Show. East End Brewing Taproom, Pittsburgh, PA.
2016 | Inspiring Makers. Digital prints, drawings. Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh, PA.
2015 | Inspiring Makers. Digital prints. Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh, PA.
2014 | Screenings. Video installation. Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA.
2014 | Inspiring Makers. Video installations, digital prints. Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh, PA.
2014 | Debut Ball. Video installation. Asian American Writers' Workshop, New York, NY.
2014 | Hot Date. Video/multimedia installation. Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh, PA.
2014 | Pandemic + VIA Present: Isa GT. Forty-five minute video loop. Brillobox, Pittsburgh, PA.
2013 | Kaleidoscope. Video installations. Lawrence Hall Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.
2013 | SIX x ATE: Venial. Presentation and screening. Franktuary, Pittsburgh, PA.
2012 | VIA Music & New Media Festival. Live video for Girl Unit and Poirier. Pittsburgh, PA.
2012 | AvantKino! Video screening. The Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany.
2012 | A|V Fest. Live video with Glowworms. Garfield Artworks, Pittsburgh, PA.
2012 | Inspiring Makers & Mentors. Video installation. Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA.
2012 | The Midas Touch Hour Video. Video aired on Public Access TV. NYC and Kingston, NY.
2012 | VIA Presents: 6119 Opening Weekend. Live video with Toy Selectah. VIA, Pittsburgh, PA.
2012 | Larryville Live. Performance. Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.
2012 | Lizards & Frogs. Video & performance with Marlon Battad. The Roboto Project, Pittsburgh, PA.
2011 | Uncapped: Vitamin Water Blowout. Live video. East Liberty YMCA building. Pittsburgh, PA.
2011 | Plexfest 2011. VJ sets. Pittsburgh, PA.
2011 | Sugar Factory. VJ set . Bakery Square, Pittsburgh, PA.
2011 | Onra. VJ set for French hip-hop beatmaker Onra . 720 Studios, Pittsburgh, PA.
2011 | Golden Ages. VJ set. 720 Studios, Pittsburgh, PA.
2010 | Sonic Vigil V. Sound art and electronic music pieces. St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, Ireland.
2010 | VIA Music & New Media Festival. VJ sets for El-G/Zizek Club and Dominique Young Unique. Pittsburgh, PA.
2010 | “c” mini video art festival. Selected video shorts. Eyedrum, Atlanta, GA.
2010 | Future Fantasies: A Screening of New Music Videos. The Brillobox, Pittsburgh, PA.
2010 | Three Rivers Arts Festival New Juried Visual Arts Exhibition. Selected video shorts screened in Downtown Pittsburgh, PA.
2010 | Caught Looking IV. Jumbotron group screening. PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA.
2010 | REHAB. Live video performance. The Frame, Pittsburgh, PA.
2010 | Small Press Festival. Group video screening. Artist Images Resource, Pittsburgh, PA.
2010 | Nobody’s Home. Video installation. The Spinning Plate Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.
2010 | Start Art Right! Video installation in Downtown Pittsburgh, PA.
2010 | OER PENO LIVE. Collaborative performance. Future Tenant, Pittsburgh, PA.
2009 | From the Vault: BFA Thesis Show. The Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.
2009 | ORACLE. Collaborative installation and performance, Unsmoke Systems, Braddock, PA.
2009 | CAUGHT LOOKING II. Jumbotron group screening, PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA.
2009 | Digital Diaspora. iPhone application. The Frame Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.
2009 | Sundog Peacehouse. Hour-long videos created for local band Sundog Peacehouse. Various locations in Pittsburgh, PA, and Baltimore, MD.
2009 | Giant Robot Warfare. Collaborative noise & video performance. Garfield Artworks, Pittsburgh, PA.
2008 | Jugband Shakedown! 2D media installation, sound installation, and music performance. The Frame, Pittsburgh, PA.
2008 | Game Art & Audiovisual Systems. Experimental computer game presentation and video screening. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
2007 | Art VS Genocide. Video installation for a group show. The Frame, Pittsburgh, PA.
2007 | RELEASE! Group performance and video installation. The Frame, Pittsburgh, PA.
2007 | ARISE. Sculpture installation and performance. The former United Brethren in Christ Church, Braddock, PA.
2007 | Machine Wash Warm Water. Sound installation & performance. space, Pittsburgh, PA.