Dr. Natalie Jeremijenko delivers a keynote address during the "Toxic Life and Engineered Death" Symposium presented in conjunction with the Toxicity exhibition and biotech art workshop in Winnipeg on December 9, 2013.
Natalie Jeremijenko directs the Environmental Health Clinic. Previously, she was on the Visual Arts Faculty at UCSD and the Faculty of Engineering at Yale University. Her work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial of American Art and the Cooper Hewit Smithsonian Design Triennial 2006-2007. She has a permanently installed Model Urban Development on the roof of the Postmasters Gallery in Chelsea, featuring seven residential housing developments, a concert hall and other public amenities powered by human food waste and continuing to explore new concepts of urban futures and our relationship to nonhuman organisms. Her work is described as experimental design (hence xdesign) as it explores the opportunity new technologies present for nonviolent social change. Her research centres on structures of participation in the production of knowledge, and the political and social possibilities and limitations of information and emerging technologies 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 installation of cloned trees in pairs in various urban microclimates) to robotics (such as the developments of feral robotic dogs to investigate environmental hazards). The Environmental Health Clinic develops and prescribes locally optimized and often playful strategies to effect the remediation of environmental systems, producing measurable and mediagenic evidence, and the coordination of diverse projects to effective material change.
Toxicity was co-presented by Video Pool Media Arts Centre, Incubator Lab, and Plug In ICA.