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Natalie Jeremijenko

Her projects place evidence in the public sphere that would otherwise only be available to particular experts, as a strategy to change the structure of participation between lay expert participants. In other words, by widening access to material evidence, we may widen the political engagement.

Comparing Natalie Jeremijenko to people not as cool (sorry Scotty)

The Yes Men

  I feel as though The Yes Men’s work is similar to Natalie Jeremijenko’s because they both of their numerous projects are highly informative and educational, highly designed and socially based.  Both artisis also center their projects on some aspect of participation from the audience.    Although The Yes Men and Natalie Jermijenko have different tactics of making the public aware of current worldly issues, they both make the public think about their every day actions and the global problems our society is facing.   -Federal Robotic Dogs project: upgraded commercially robotic dog toys that have been transformed into activist instruments to find and display urban pollutants -OOZ: a series of technological interfaces to facilitate interaction between human and nonhumans in urban environments -HowstuffisMade: a collectively produced encyclopedia documenting manufacturing processes and labor conditions      

no parking zones

  “No parking zones”- mostly those associated fire hydrant placement. These no parking/standing zones are often situated where water collects, capturing the oily runoff from the road before it runs into the river. noPARKs recharge and replenish soil moisture on the block important to trees, even yards away, to help them dilute the gallons of uric acid poured on city trees plots each day by friendly neighborhood dogs. -This project can be compared to The Yes Man because noPARK is almost like a prank because it looks like a spoof to passer buyers, confusing them and challenging them to think a little.

A little dirt on the artist

Natalie Jeremijenko: "A maverick environmentalist whose field notes are public artworks" Her work is described as experimental design, as it explores opportunities presented by new technologies for non-violent social change. Her research centers on structures of participation in the production of knowledge and information, and the political and social possibilities (and limitations) of information and emerging technologies — mostly through public experiments. Jeremijenko began her studies with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Biochemistry at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia, and went on to receive a B.F.A. with Honors from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. After pursuing graduate course work in Mechanical Engineering (Design Division) at Stanford, she returned to Australia to work towards a Ph.D. in the School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Her work takes the form of large-scale public art works, tangible media installations, single channel tapes, and critical writing. It investigates the theme of the transformative potential of new technologies, particularly information technologies. An important part of Jeremijenko's artistic strategy is to enable public discourse through access to accurate information about scientific claims. Jeremijenko’s work has been exhibited internationally at prestigious venues that include Dokumenta and the Whitney Biennial. Her work has been discussed in both mainstream media such as The New York Times and in the art press.

BioTech Hobbyist

co-author "We recognize that some of the greatest cultural and technological advances have emerged from peoples bedrooms and are therefore committed to transferring the hitech life sciences to the bedroom biotechnician."

xDesign Environmental Health Clinic

Jeremijenko is director of the xDesign Environmental Health Clinic at NYU. The Environmental Health Clinic develops and prescribes locally optimized and often playful strategies to effect remediation of environmental systems, producing measurable and mediagenic evidence and coordinating diverse projects to effective material change.  

Some of her work

How Stuff Is Made: A visual encyclopedia documenting the manufacturing processes, environmental costs and labor conditions involved in the production of contemporary products. This is a wiki based collectively produced academic project to change the information available on and about the production. Federal Robotic Dogs: You'll have to wait and see.... Amphibious Architecture: Structures to transform the view of urban bodies of water from reflective surfaces into teaming habitats and open ecosystems. "Amphibious Architecture is to Aquariums what OOZ are to ZOOs"; facilitating productive interaction between humans and aquatic systems. Amphibious Architecture sites are designed to accumulate the actions of participants into environmental remediation. OneTrees: Stay tuned.... Biotech Hobbyist: An online magazine with kits and resources to bring biotech to the every day explorer. Its mission is to raise the standards of evidence and capacity for public involvement in the political decisions on the biotechnological future. D4PA: A catalogue of devices and strategies for political engagement and direct action developed by the Bureau and others. OOZ: just hold on.... patience is a virtue AV Systems: A panel that will survey different experiments and projects in the realm of emerging audio and video products and new genres of cultural products, specifically, projects that are designed to promote and sustain diverse cultural resources, generating conclusive social value. Stump: A printer queue virus that counts the number of pages consumed by the printer; when the equivalent of a tree in pulp has been consumed it automatically prints out a slice of tree. Accumulating these pieces of paper ‘grows’ a stump of the forest that you and your printer have consumed, and a tangible representation a tree debt.    

She’s no Picasso

"What I’m most interested in is: how do we characterize systems of which we know very little, and have very poor information? Knowledge is very partial, very incomplete, and yet decisions are made. So, I specifically try to design information systems that measure urban environmental interactions." -the words of NJ herself.

1) The Federal Robotic Dog

The primary behavior of each individual dog is the drive to locate a material that effects their specific sensor. Once a material is detected, further geometeric sampling or wondering will seek to move the dog and the sesor closer to the source of the material. In order to collect samples from a larger area more effectively the pack of dogs is programmed with the ability to follow at a distance the individual with the strongest sensor reading. The purpose of this is not to get all of the dogs to stop at the same place, rather this model is designed to provide data from a large area so that time specific samples can be gathered simulaneously and mapped. -In laymen's terms: Jeremijenko and her students hacked toy robot dogs, implanted chemical sensors in their noses, and unleashed them in urban "brown sites," public spaces where toxins like lead and arsenic, leftover by chemical plants, lurked beneath the surface. With the media in town, and a bunch of happy school kids, Jeremijenko set the robotic dogs loose alongside the Bronx River, near a long-shuttered Con Edison plant.

2) OOZ

OOZ=ZOO backwards Unlike the traditional zoo this is place where the animals remain by choice, a zoo without cages. Like a traditional zoo, it is a series of sites where animals and humans interact. However, the interactions at an OOZ site differ from that of a Zoo. Ooz is interactive in that it provides human a set of actions, the animals provide reactions and these couplets add to a collective pool of observations. The human/animal interface has two components: 1)  any action you can direct at the animal, they can direct at you and 2) an information architecture of collective observation and interpretation. For Example: Animals can learn to control the people/spectators by pressing the appropriately designed button or lever that communicates in human speech. For instance a button may trigger the recorded voice: "Yo! If you are going to stare how 'bout inserting 25 cents and delivering a dose of that beaver biscuit?" Robotic Geese are remote controlled goose robots that enable participants or robotic goose drivers (aka goosers) to interact with actual geese in urban contexts. The goose drivers can 'talk to' the geese, issuing utterances through the robotic interface, delivering prerecorded goose 'words,' their own vocal impersonations, or other sounds (such as goose flute hunting calls) ----- Fishface is a grid of fish detecting buoys for installation in the Hudson River near 15th St (below Chelsea piers) creating a low resolution display of the activity and flow conditions in a shoreline section of the river. The fish interface is communication technology for fish. It renders the presence or absence of the fish in its immediate vicinity, and provides an interface for humans to communicate with fish (and vice versa). ------ Bird Perches are designed to facilitate human bird communication, translating into human dialect some of the birds concerns and arguments. From the birds point of view they provide an experimental platform to observe which perch/noise/arguments are effective in convincing people to share resources.

3) OneTrees

OneTrees is actually one thousand tree(s), clones, micro-propagated in culture. Because the trees are genetically identical, in the subsequent years they will render the social and environmental differences to which they are exposed. The tree(s) slow and consistent growth will record the experiences and possibilites that each public site provides. (Everyone can see the differences in the trees and have commented; except the art critics, they claim the trees are "spooky clones", they didn't see any differences, or claimed her project was "weird science").


"Social change is effected less by marching the streets waving banners, shouting slogans, and more by the transformations of everyday life effected with and through information technologies." -NJ

So, what do i think?

Natalie Jeremijenko is a genius in the way she combines art, sociology and environmental issues into her projects. She is incredibly dynamitic and can be rightfully categorized into the small group of individuals who help bring knowledge and change into our world.   NJ is awesome, i would love to conversate over salad with her; even though she dident reply to my email.