"A Requiem for Injured Snowflakes" (lo-res version)
by Brandon Ballengée
With an original musical score by Ariel Benjamin and Andrew Pasco. In scientific collaboration with Stanley K. Sessions, David M. Green, Marissa Nolan, and Frédérique Paquin. Post video production: Gillian Wilson and Phillip Henken
"This video is a series of 21 individual portraits of short-lived beings (tiny metamorphic terminally malformed American toads found in Southern Quebec). Each was born into a hostile universe of predators, parasites and ecological degradation. Like all beings, these young creatures represent a particular moment in history and carry the environmental marks of their birth place. In the case of these individuals, trauma during development resulted in terminal abnormalities. As they emerged to begin life on land severe deformations fated them to early death. This finite/infinite artwork is meant to be a memorial to these small creatures and in honor of the countless number of beings coming into this world and passing without our notice."
*This video is free for download and exhibition. The artist asks though that once begun, the video should be played for infinity, until the extinction of our species or until someone chooses to turn it off at which point the file should be deleted. For high-res version please visit brandonballengee.com
All content copyright 2011 Brandon Ballengée
Courtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY