Prav Pillay is an artist, researcher and educator whose creative practice explores how we locate ourselves through the politics of place, culture, and ecology. Prav’s work has ranged from art and media based activism to site specific community-based ceremonial public artworks and gallery based performance installations. His research and development process integrates collaborators, concepts, and tropes from a span of disciplines including ecology, biology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, semiotics, computer science, engineering and the neurosciences.
For several years, Prav was a co-facilitator of Media That Matters - a gathering of media change makers at Hollyhock a leading educational facility on west coast of Canada and more recently served as the Artist and Community Strategist in Residence with R.A.V.E.N. (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs).
Prav holds a B. Arts and Science from McMaster University, a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, an MBA from McGill University and and an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. During his MFA, Prav sought to understand the nature of systems based artworks and collaborated with engineers in Human Computer interaction to conduct art-science experiments that played in the intersection of art, artificial intelligence and robotics.
Presently he is a sessional instructor for senior studio in ECUAD offering at North Island College, Comox Valley, BC and also an Executive in Residence with VIATEC - a technology incubator in Victoria, BC.
He cites his notable peaks as being a member of the team that established Doctors Without Borders in Canada, a solitary moment of unity during a desert star rise with “all that is” on Mount Sinai, and when a foundation year art student upon participating in a performative installation stated to Prav “I did not know art was this important.”