Treva Pullen is an interdisciplinary researcher, curator and artist from Toronto currently based in Montreal. Her research explores the playful and agentic capacities of media art through the lens of ‘whimsical bodies’; a term she uses as an evocative metaphor for the lively, humorous and often reciprocally engaging nature of media art objects. Her writings on the subject have been published in JAWS and AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. She has also curated new media based exhibitions such as #NATURE (2016) and Influenc(Ed.) Machines at OCAD University and was research assistant for the exhibition Lively Objects (2015) at the Museum of Vancouver. Pullen also acted as managing coordinator for the 2016 Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Graduate Conference ‘#trending: mobilizing art and culture’.
Pullen is a PhD candidate in Communication Studies at Concordia and holds an MA from OCAD University in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories, with a focus in new media, and a BFA from OCAD University majoring in Criticism and Curatorial Practice with a studio minor. Her recently published Master’s Thesis “Whimsical Bodies: Agency and Playfulness in Robotic Art” won OCAD University’s Outstanding Thesis Award in 2016.