Environmental Activist Brandon Ballengee presents, "Breathing Space for the Hudson: Charting the Biodiversity and Pollutants of the Hudson River."

 

Environmental Activist Brandon Ballengee presents, "Breathing Space for the Hudson: Charting the Biodiversity and Pollutants of the Hudson River."

West Hall, 211

February 27, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Brandon Ballengee will speak about his aquatic ecological art works Breathing Space for the Hudson: Charting the Biodiversity and Pollutants of the Hudson River and more. Ballengee will be conducting a participatory workshop in the summer 2014 to collect aquatic specimens of the North Troy Hudson area and to analyze them.  Since 1996, his transdisciplinary practice has bridged primary scientific studies with ecological art and engaged environmental stewardship. Inherent to this working method is an impetus for “ecosystem activism” implemented through participatory biology, field investigations, and laboratory programs that stress public involvement – his attempt at social sculpting. His artworks come from direct experiences with amphibians, birds, fish and insect species found in today’s preternatural ecosystems and those observed in post-natural laboratory settings. The art itself is made from diverse mediums including biological materials (chemically cleared and stained deformed specimens displayed as glowing gems, preserved specimens to represent collapsing global food webs, living plants and animals displaced in temporary mesocosms, paintings from his own blood mixed with industrial pollutants found in my own body and the living bodies of all organisms), large-scale scanner photographs representing the individuality of non-human individuals, outdoor light sculptures to encourage insect fornication and participatory trans-species happenings- all of these try to re-examine the context of the art object from a static form (implying rationality and control) into a more organic structure reflecting the inherent chaos found within evolutionary processes, biological systems and nature herself.

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