One of America’s brightest digital pioneers, Natalie Jeremijenko has been named one of the Top 100 young innovators by the MIT Technology Review, and one of the Top 40 most influential designers by I.D. Magazine. She now directs the xDesign Environmental Health Clinic at NYU. A fascinating speaker, Jeremijenko gives audiences a glimpse into the future of design.
Natalie Jeremijenko is an artist and engineer developing Mutualistic Systems and Natural Systems Design. Her experimental design explores the opportunities new technologies present for social change. It centers on structures of participation in the production of knowledge, information, and the political and social possibilities—and limitations—of information and emerging technologies. Much of it involves biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering, and almost all of it is carried out through public experiments. Some of her work includes a permanent installation on the roof of Postmasters Gallery in Chelsea Model Urban Development which provides infrastructure and facilities for high-density bird cohabitation. 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 her famous feral robotic dog packs that investigated environmental hazards).
In 2014, the VIDA Art and Artificial Life International Awards Pioneer Prize was awarded to Jeremijenko “for her consistently brilliant portfolio of work over the past two decades.” Called one of the 2013 Most Innovative People and named one of the most influential women in technology, Jeremijenko directs the Environmental Health Clinic and is an Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department at NYU, also affiliated with their Computer Science Department and Environmental Studies program. Previously she was on the Visual Arts faculty at UCSD, Faculty of Engineering at Yale University, a visiting professor at Royal College of Art in London, a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Public Understanding of Science at Michigan State University, and a Visiting Global Distinguished Professor at the NYU College of Arts and Sciences. Her degrees are in biochemistry, engineering, neuroscience and History and Philosophy of Science.