Artist Report: Natalie Jeremijenko

Tree Logic, 1999, data + metal canisters + trees
Tree Logic, 1999, data + metal canisters + trees
AgBag, 2010, high tensile spun olefin (HDPE) material (Tyvek)
AgBag, 2010, high tensile spun olefin (HDPE) material (Tyvek) 
Cross (x) Species Adventure Club, 2011, food + cocktails
Cross (x) Species Adventure Club, 2011, food + cocktails
Mussel Choir, 2013, hall effect sensors + mussels + data
Mussel Choir, 2013, hall effect sensors + mussels + data
Butterfly Bridge, 2010, Tyvek + flora
Butterfly Bridge, 2010, Tyvek + flora

Statement:

Awarded the 2013 Most Innovative People, named of the most influential women in technology 2011, one of the inaugural top young innovators by MIT Technology Review and 40 most influential designers Jeremijenko directs the Environmental Health Clinic, and is an Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department, NYU and affiliated with the Computer Science Dept 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 they NYU College of Arts and Sciences. Her degrees are in biochemistry, engineering, neuroscience and History and Philosophy of Science.

(NYU, Steinhardt School of Culture , Education and Human Development website).

Subject vs. Content: Cross (x) Species Adventure Club

Subject Statement:

In ‘Cross (x) Species Adventure Club’ the artist Natalie Jeremijenko, in cooperation with Mihir Desai as chief gastronomer, creates a supper club in New York City which aims at creating an innovative food experience catering to a biodiverse and epicurean future. The five-course menu includes dishes such as, edible menus, salamander tails, Janthinobacterium lividum and marshmellows that seek to not only redesign the environmental costs of the food industry but to promote and facilitate ecosystem remediation.

Content Statement:

  1. A possibility for the artwork content of this piece could be that the artist seeks to use food, the base of human consumption, to create awareness not only on how exploitative the food industry is to natural ecosystems but to implement what we deem as important, our physical fortification, as a rescue boat for these ecosystems we do not directly correlate to in terms of how directly they affect us thus carrying a lower degree of importance.
  2. Another possibility is that the artist aims to communicate to us is how necessary these pieces of our natural world are and that a balance of our consumption and the environment around us ought to be in equilibrium.
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