Brandon Ballengee (b.1974, Sandusky, Ohio, USA) ::: Article

Artist, researcher. Graduated from the Art College of the Maryland Institute (Baltimore, Maryland) and the Art Academy of Cincinnati (Ohio). Conducted several solo exhibitions, incl. "Down the Belly of the Smithson Serpent" (Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1993), "Obsessive Behavioral Study: Subject; Franz Kline and the Potato Project" (Ulysses Gallery, 1994), "ACME. LABS variation 3" (Holland Tunnel Art Projects, 1998), "The Red Bloom and Brown Tide" (Hillwood Art Museum, 2001), "Imaging Biodiversity; The Salamanders of New York State" (Miller Hall of Science, 2001). In 1996 began collaborating with biology scientists to create ecological and biological research projects in different countries. His projects were included in articles appearing in several publications and broadcast media stories, such as "ABC News ONLINE", "ABC's World News Tonight", "Die Tageszeitung", "Genewatch", "The New York Times", "The New Yorker", "The Sciences", etc. Participated in such group exhibitions of contemporary art as "The Flatfiles" (Amrhein Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, 1997), "Paradise 8" (Exit Art, New York, 1998), "The End: An Alternative Vision of Contemporary Culture" (Exit Art, New York, 1999), "Paradise Now; Picturing the Genetic Revolution" (Exit Art, New York, 2000), "Ecoventions" (Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, 2002), "ATOMICA" (Kunstmuseum, Luzern, Badischer Kunsteverein, Karlsruhe, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Trento, 2003-2004) and others. In 2001 was awarded the E-STAR Residency at the Institute for Electronic Arts of the Alfred University (New York), supported by Rockefeller Foundation. Organizer of the international project "Farm to Pharm" presented in 2003 in Manchester, London and New York.


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I. LABORATORY: science and technology

Svetlana Borinskaya. Genomics and Biotechnology: Science at the Beginning of the Third Millennium.

Mikhail Gelfand. Computational Genomics: from the Wet Lab to Computer and Back.

Irina Grigorjan, Vsevolod Makeev. Biochips and Industrial Biology.

Valery Shumakov, Alexander Tonevitsky. Xenotransplantation as a Scientific and Ethic Problem.

Abraham Iojrish. Legal Aspects of Gene Engineering.

Pavel Tishchenko. Genomics: New Science in the New Cultural Situation.
II. FORUM: society and genomic culture

Eugene Thacker. Darwin's Waiting Room.

Critical Art Ensemble. The Promissory Rhetoric of Biotechnology in the Public Sphere.

SubRosa. Sex and Gender in the Biotech Century.

Ricardo Dominguez. Nano-Fest Destiny 3.0: Fragments from the Post-Biotech Era.

Birgit Richard. Clones and Doppelgangers. Multiplications and Reproductions of the Self in Film.

Sven Druehl. Chimaera Phylogeny: From Antiquity to the Present.
III. TOPOLOGY: from biopolitics to bioaesthetics

Boris Groys. Art in the Age of Biopolitics.

Stephen Wilson. Art and Science as Cultural Acts.

Melentie Pandilovski. On the Phenomenology of Consciousness, Technology, and Genetic Culture.

Roy Ascott. Interactive Art: Doorway to the Post-Biological Culture.
IV. INTERACTION CODE: artificial life

Mark Bedau. Artificial Life Illuminates Human Hyper-creativity.

Louis Bec. Artificial Life under Tension.

Alan Dorin. Virtual Animals in Virtual Environments.

Christa Sommerer, Laurent Mignonneau. The Application of Artificial Life to Interactive Computer Installations.
V. MODERN THEATRE: ars genetica

George Gessert. A History of Art Involving DNA.

Kathleen Rogers. The Imagination of Matter.

Brandon Ballengee. The Origins of Artificial Selection.

Marta de Menezes. The Laboratory as an Art Studio.

Adam Zaretsky. Workhorse Zoo Art and Bioethics Quiz.
VI. IMAGE TECHNOLOGY: ars chimaera

Joe Davis. Monsters, Maps, Signals and Codes.

David Kremers. The Delbruck Paradox. Version 3.0.

Eduardo Kac. GFP Bunny.

Dmitry Bulatov. Ars Chimaera.

Valery Podoroga. Rene Descartes and Ars Chimaera.
VII. METABOLA: tissue culture and art

Ionat Zurr. Complicating Notions of Life - Semi-Living Entities.

Oron Catts. Fragments of Designed Life - the Wet Palette of Tissue Engineering.

Dmitry Prigov. Speaking of Unutterable.

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