August 27, 2007

Natalie Jeremijenko

“wise, witty and bracingly fierce”  Holland Cotter Sept 22 09 New York Times review of Jeremijenko’s exhibition at Postmasters gallery.

“… Natalie Jeremijenko is probably one of the three or four most dynamic people on the face of the earth” Wired Science in review of Creative Biology: A User’s Manual,


In 2014 VIDA Art and Artificial Life International Awards Pioneer Prize was awarded to Natalie Jeremijenko “for her consistently brilliant portfolio of work over the past two decades.”  (a prize only awarded once before to Laurie Anderson). She was also granted Most Innovative People award in 2013, 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—facilitating public and lifestyle experiments that can aggregate into significant human and environmental health benefits.

Jeremijenko 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 doctoral studies include biochemistry, engineering (mechatronics, space-systems and precision engineering), neuroscience and History and Philosophy of Science. Jeremijenko’s practice develops the emerging field of socio-ecological systems design (or xDesign) crucial in the Anthropocene, using attractions and ongoing participatory research spectacles that address the C21st challenge to reimagine our collective relationship to natural systems. This integrates diverse strategies to redesign energy, food and transportation systems that can contribute to the common good, increase soil, aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity and improve human and environmental health.


18 Comments on “Natalie Jeremijenko

Seemab Zaman
November 12, 2007 at 12:51 am

Greetings Natalie,

I am delighted with your work.
My specialty is in Ethnopharmacology, drug design and botanical research.

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I will like to design medicine which will influence the human to interact with nature as a tool for treating both in sincronicity.

I will love to keep your brain for ideas.

Thank you for your creations to inspire us all.


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December 18, 2007 at 7:15 pm

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David Wichern
September 5, 2008 at 11:21 am

I read with interest the article in Science Times regarding Dr. Jeremijenko’s prescription for the phytoremediation of lead contaminated soil. The method described was ingenious and original (commercial environmental companies seem to be sorely lacking in both) but I’d make the following comments:

1) EDTA is not biodegradable, to the best of my knowledge. As someone who has treated electroplating wastes for some 25 years, some of the most challenging wastewaters I’ve encountered have been contaminated with toxic metal/EDTA chelates.

2) EDTA is often used as a preservative because it sequesters trace metal ions required for bacterial and fungal growth. It might have profound unforseen effects upon soil flora and fauna.

I’d have used, instead, an admittedly weaker but biodegradable chelator, such as glycolic, citric, or tartaric acid.

As a resident of the Bronx, I see contaminated sites all the time. Children are being harmed NOW. The environment is being harmed NOW. What’s needed are innovative solutions to these problems. What’s happening is…not much. The remediation projects, when not stalled, are controlled by environmental companies whose solutions all seem to involve digging up the contaminated soil and burying it someplace else. State of the art techniques like phytoremediation and soil washing aren’t even considered.

Does your organization have any ongoing projects up here? If so, I’d be happy to volunteer my services. I’ve treated over a million gallons of wastewater and hazardous wastes.

Hope to hear from you.

Nathaneal Harkham
September 5, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Hi Natalie-

We would like to do an article/profile on all the positivity & progrees of you & the Environmental Health Clinic.

I tried the contact page to no avail.

please contact us so we can discuss this exciting initiative further.

Only good & all the best,

Nathaneal Harkham


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May 6, 2010 at 9:36 am

Hallo Natalie,

a student of mine at Bergen architecture School Bergen Norway linked your work on his blog.

So that is how i got hear and kept on reading.

Thank you. That is all.


mike caldwell
May 12, 2010 at 11:46 am

Met you last summer in Chicago at
tica. Have you done any research into
microwaves(cell towers)? I was wondering
if the towers are causing bats to develop
virus? Could the micro waves cause a auto
immune response and make them susceptible
to disease? Bees are also dying. I know
they have delicate guidance mechanisms.

ocean minded
August 22, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Congratulations on all your acknowledgments for your work! Keep it up!

September 27, 2010 at 8:25 pm


I just discovered you and your work this weekend in the Connected Environments exhibition at the Neuberger in Purchase. Quite amazing, frankly.

I am not a scientist to any degree but have an interest in the “play” of systemic relationships with regard to both natural and socio-political systems. Your work is an eye-opener to someone currently struggling to put into practice visual arts programming as the means of outreach in community/environmental programming. (It may take some time as my own situation is presently unstable.) People look at me with confusion when I tell them this is why I got that degree in art history.

Thanks for the inspiration and validation.

Jonathan Budd
October 6, 2010 at 10:54 am

Quite the background there an artist and multi talented scientist.

Congratulations on your accomplishments.

October 21, 2010 at 6:17 pm

An inspirational TED talk with brilliantly innovative ideas taboot.
I’m in ore of how you have orchestrated your perscrptions with interdisciplinary functional ideas that stretch thinking and challenge our current approaches.

I would love to get involved!
I’ve signed up to your mailing list, but if there is anything more I can do, let me know.

Hats off to you all.

David Cranswick
November 1, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Good to see all this going on. Natalie we worked together on some early art/ecology projects in Sydney in 1991. Worlds realign – time ot resume

Alyssa Owens
October 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Hello Natalie, my daughter (a green build consultant in Boston) heard you speak in Toronto… I am multiple chemical sensitive and would love to know how I can educate the public (doctors, too– they need to tell their patients!) about the toxins released by dryer vents (clothing washed in fragrance and with perfumed, toxic dryer sheets, etc.) I get dizzy when I walk in my neighborhood or try to open my windows… I live in a home association so it is impossible to avoid these things unless I bubble myself or hike in the woods, miles away. Also, I am concerned for my daughter who lives in the city and is surrounded by these poisons in the air. Lawn chemicals are another major concern the cause me great toxic symptoms… I created this blog to advocate but I want more awareness raised and now!

Ruth Silver
December 21, 2011 at 10:50 am

hello! I’d like to book an appointment on behalf of my clients, the children’s miracle network. They raise millions of dollars every year for children’s hospitals and have decided this year to shake things up and bring some design thinking hats to their efforts. I’m training them to problem solve like designers so that they can fundamentally change the way their organization operates. To this end, I’m setting up tours for them to meet with people across the country who are doing just that, and it would be a mind blowing experience for them to visit the environmental health clinic and get to know first hand why the rates of children’s diseases are skyrocketing. Please get in touch to let me know what I can do to make this happen.
All my best,
Ruth Silver

Achternkamp, Ursula
January 25, 2012 at 9:03 am

Dear Natalie Jeremijenko,

I am working on a artistic project “managing structural bird problems” and would like to come to amsterdam for the symposium, where you are announced as keynote speaker and I got very curious about – would you have 5 minutes for an interview? would be nice to hear from you via mail…

best wishes
ursula achternkamp


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