Monday, April 2, 2012, 6-9pm, Hyde Hall, Institute of Arts and Humanities, University Room, UNC, Chapel Hill
Free and open to the public.
- Brandon Ballengée: Praeter Naturam: Beyond Nature
- Jane D. Marsching: The Field Research Impulse
- Marina Zurkow: Agency, Intimacy & Ambience
- Courtney Fitzpatrick, Field Biologist, Duke University
- Duncan Murrell, Contributing Editor to Harper’s Magazine, Writer in Residence, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University
- David Richardson, Epidemiologist, UNC-CH
- Amy White, Artist and Art Writer, UNC-CH
- Barry Saunders, Physician and Anthropologist, UNC-CH
Organized and moderated by Professor + Artist elin o’Hara slavick
Artist and biologist Brandon Ballengée creates trans-disciplinary artworks inspired from his ecological field investigation and laboratory research. Since 1996, a central focus has been the occurrence of developmental deformities and population declines among amphibians. 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. This scientific investigation was the inspiration for works in a recent solo exhibition at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, London. Other recent solo exhibitions were held at: Parco Arte Vivente, Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin; Nowhere Gallery, Milan; The Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, NY; Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale; and the Shrewsbury Museum in Shropshire, England (the birth city of Charles Darwin). His works have been included in several biennales including: Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, 2004, South Korea; Venice Biennale, 2005, Italy; Biennale for Electronic Arts Perth, 2007, Australia; 3rd Moscow Biennale; and Prospect 2 New Orleans, 2011.
He is co-founding an urban ecology laboratory in his Manhattan art studio and finalizing his Ph.D. through a collaborative program between the University of Plymouth, England and Hochschule für Gestaltung in Zürich, Switzerland. Three recent books have debuted on Ballengée’s projects: Malamp: The Occurrence of Deformities in Amphibians (Arts Catalyst & Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK); Praeter Naturam (Parco Arte Vivente, Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Italy); From Scales to Feathers (Lafayette College, USA, Shrewsbury Museum, UK & Verkebe Gallery, Belgium).
Digital media artist Jane D. Marsching explores the past, present and future human impact on the environment through interdisciplinary and collaborative practices, including video installations, virtual landscapes, dynamic websites, and data visualizations. Her current work mines Thoreau’s many observations of seasonal plant and animal life at Walden Pond to consider the impact of climate shifts on this landscape at the heart of the American imagination of all that is nature.
Recent exhibitions include: Galerie Lucy Mackintosh, Lausanne, Switzerland; the ICA Boston; MassMoCA; and the San Jose Museum of Art, CA. She has received grants from Creative Capital, LEF Foundation, Artadia and Artists Resource Trust. Recent publications include: Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change and the Poles, edited with Andrea Polli, (Intellect 2011); BiPolar (Cornerhouse 2008), Gothic (Whitechapel Press, London, 2008), and S&F Online: Gender on Ice (Barnard College, 2008). With Mark Alice Durant in 2005, she curated The Blur of the Otherworldly: Contemporary Art, Technology, and the Paranormal, at The Center for Art and Visual Culture, Baltimore, MD; a catalog of the exhibition was published in 2006 with essays by Marsching, Durant, Marina Warner and Lynne Tillman. She is also a cofounder and member of Platform2: Art and Activism, an experimental forum series about creative practices at the intersection of social issues. (www.platform2.info)
Marina Zurkow makes media works about humans and their relationships to animals, plants and the weather. By turns humorous and contemplative, these take the form of animation, drawings and print graphics, and participatory temporary public art works. The series Crossing the Waters focused on climate change; a contemplation on catastrophe, it pictured ways in which we imagine nature within us, and nature without us. Friends and Enemies (which includes Mesocosm and Heraldic Crests for Invasive Species) mines the intersection of bias, inclusion, and kinship in our relations with other species in the midst of altered or depleted landscapes. Friends and Enemies includes dinners and tastings, lectures, animations, and printed materials.
Since 2000, Zurkow has exhibited at The Sundance Film Festival, The Rotterdam Film Festival, The Seoul Media City Biennial, Ars Electronica, Creative Time, The Kitchen, The Walker Art Center, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, Eyebeam, and other venues. She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and has been a NYFA Fellow, a Rockefeller New Media Fellow, and a Creative Capital grantee. Zurkow is on faculty at NYU’s Interactive Technology Program, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
For more information, please contact elin o’Hara slavick, 919-923-4550 or email@example.com