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Be The Media! Workshop with Brandon Ballengée: Eco-displacements

June 8, 2014 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm EDT

Environmental activist and visual artist Brandon Ballengée will work with community participants to collect specimens, this workshop looks at the aquatic life of the Hudson River and surrounding areas. Firstly as a group we will set-up a 20 gallon aquarium with filtration and discuss the water-cycle, pollution and habitat requirements for aquatic species. We will fill then go to the river to collect artifacts and specimens and displace them into the aquarium. Funded in part by the National Endowment of the Arts “Bio-Art in an Industrial Wasteland.”

This program involved the creation of a Hudson River Eco-Displacement sculpture. A beautiful aquarium, with fish from the toxic waters of the Hudson, was installed at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. The collected found objects from the desolate beach at Ingalls Ave. Boat Launch became creative elements for the Eco-Displacement environment. This art aquarium was created by workshop participants, including several North Troy neighborhood youth. The project planted the seed for a continued residency with Brandon and the community of Troy for with NEA Art Works support for “Urban Art Reclamations: Our Upper Hudson Heritage.”


Brandon Ballengée (American, born 1974) is a visual artist, biologist and environmental activist based in New York.

Ballengée creates transdisciplinary artworks inspired from his ecological field and laboratory research. Since 1996, a central investigation focus has been the occurrence of developmental deformities and population declines among amphibians. In 2001, he was nominated for membership into Sigma XI, the Scientific Research Society. In 2009, Ballengée and SK Sessions published “Explanation for Missing Limbs in Deformed Amphibians” in the Journal of Experimental Zoology and received international media attention from the BBC and others. This scientific study was the inspiration for the book Malamp: The Occurrence of Deformities in Amphibians (published by Arts Catalyst & Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK) and a solo exhibition at the Royal Institution of Great Brittain (London, England: 2010). Since 2009 he has continued his amphibian research as a visiting scientist at McGill University (Montréal, Canada). In 2011 he was awarded a conservation leadership fellowship from the National Audubon Society’s TogetherGreen Program (USA).

His art has been featured in several major US publications, including ARTnews, Art in America, The New York Times, New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Orion, Audubon Magazine and Sculpture. Internationally, it was also featured in Beaux Arts (France), Liberation (France), L’Oeil (France), The Observer (England), The Guardian (England), Financial Times (England), BBC News (England), D’Ars (Italy), Domenica (Italy), Il Venerdi (Italy), The Sunday Guardian: New Dehli (India) and others.

3361 6th Ave
Troy, 12180 United States
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