Natalie Jeremijenko

Natalie is an artist whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering. Jeremijenko’s projects which explore socio-technical change have been exhibited by several museums and galleries, including the MASSMoCA, the Whitney, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt. A 1999 Rockefeller Fellow, she was recently named one of the 40 most influential designers by I.D. Magazine. Jeremijenko is the director of the environmental health clinic at NYU, assistant professor in Art, and affiliated with the Computer Science Dept.

She directs the xDesign Environmental Health Clinic [http://www.nyu.edu/projects/xdesign/]. 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.

Her work is described as experimental design, hence xDesign, 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. In this vein, her work spans a range of media from statistical indices (such as the Despondency Index, which linked the Dow Jones to the suicide rate at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge) to biological substrates (such as the installations of cloned trees in pairs in various urban micro-climates) to robotics (such as the development of feral robotic dog packs to investigate environmental hazards).

Natalie is also a visiting professor at Royal College of Art, in London and an artist not-in-residence at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto. Previously, Jeremijenko was a member of the faculty in the Visual Arts at UCSD and in Engineering at Yale.

Panel: WHY?

WHY do we do what we do? WHY should our spaces be infused with the digital? WHY data? WHY code? WHY generative? WHY collaborative?  WHY interactive? WHY color? WHY sound? WHY touch? WHY do frameworks have to be open? WHY design? This is a panel that wonders. Moderated by Tali Krakowsky with panelists Golan Levin, Natalie Jeremijenko, Zach Lieberman.

Session: On Indicators, Indications and Representing Irreducible Complexity

On Indicators, indications and representing irreducible complexity ... presenting (for the first time) a suite of socio-economic and socio-ecological indicators developed for News Motions. 

This talk takes place at The Cedar Cultural Center. *Bring your Eyeo Festival badge to get in. Doors open at 7:00pm.

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