Natalie Jeremijenko is an innovative artist and engineer whose background includes biochemistry, physics, neuroscience, and precision engineering. She is also a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art, in London, and an artist not-in-residence at the Institute for the Future, Palo Alto, California.
One of the nation’s brightest digital pioneers, 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. The former director of Yale’s Engineering Design Studio, she now directs the xDesign Environmental Health Clinic at New York University. As director of the xDesign Environmental Health Clinic and a professor in New York University’s visual art department, she bridges the technical and art worlds.
With her experimental design—hence xDesign—she 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.
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 Jeremijenko's individual work has been exhibited in the MASS MoCA, the Whitney Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and she is part of an artists collective called the Bureau of Inverse Technology.