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Natalie Jeremijenko

Natalie Jeremijenko, GreenLight 2007 (1)

Natalie Jeremijenko
GreenLight 2007 (installation detail)
Image courtesy: The artist

Natalie Jeremijenko, GreenLight 2007 (2)

Natalie Jeremijenko
GreenLight 2007 (installation detail)
Image courtesy: The artist

Natalie Jeremijenko

b.1966, Mackay
Lives and works in New York, United States

Natalie Jeremijenko works at the intersection of contemporary art, science and engineering, developing strategies for environmental activism and media works that harness the opportunities presented by new technologies for affecting social change. GreenLight system 2007– is a self-sustaining and carbon-neutral environmental sculpture that is a solar collector, chandelier, terrarium and indoor air purification system. The work encourages viewers to consider real strategies for action while addressing anxieties about environmental pollution. It recalls the research of environmental scientist Bill Wolverton, who pioneered the use of plant matter to eliminate toxic chemicals and pathogenic microorganisms from indoor atmospheres. Situated on GoMA’s roof, a series of customised awnings collect solar power and provide electricity to energy-efficient 6-watt LED lamps (each providing the equivalent light of a normal 60-watt bulb). These lamps illuminate a series of hanging glass vessels holding native subtropical plant types (like those found on the floor of rainforests) which are high air-filtrating varieties that flourish in low-light conditions. The lamps catalyse and promote the process of photosynthesis resulting in the production of oxygen and a natural process of  air filtration.

Natalie Jeremijenko works at the intersection of contemporary art, science and engineering, creating interactive media, site-specific performances and installations, and experimental design. Jeremijenko was included in the 1997 and 2006 Whitney Biennale of American Art, the 2006–07 Cooper Hewit Smithsonian Design Triennial, and Documenta 1997. Her work has also featured in group exhibitions at the Tate Modern, London, Inuted Kingdom; the Guggenheim Museum, New York, United States; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States; MASSMoCA, Massachusetts, United States; Museum Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; and LUX Gallery, London, United Kingdom. A 1999 Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, she has been named one of the 40 most influential artist–designers by I.D. Magazine, and in 2003 one of the top 100 young innovators by the MIT Technology Review. She is currently Professor of Art at NYU Steinhardt.