DESIGNxBOULDER – Inspiring Community through Art

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The Environmental Health Clinic with BMOCA, EcoArts Connections, Boulder Public Library, Environmental Design Program at CU Boulder are initiating a challenge to redesign Boulder to improve human and environmental health, and to provide creative leadership to an international initiative called PLAN B that will use the experiments, pilots from Boulder to inform other cities.

DESIGNxBOULDER is an initiative launching three projects including:

1) the Boulder TREExOFFICE—a coworking space owned and operated by the Civic Center Linden Tree (Sarah).

2) a FLOWERxFACADE, to demonstrate how public signage could cross promote the interests of organizations AND organisms (including humans) and develop urban floriculture, and a range of flower-based delectables and neutraceuiticals.

3) XHIBITION is an Environmental Health Clinic(xCLINIC) Collaboratory to develop and Implement Creative Systems to Improve Human and Environmental Health surveying concrete examples of projects that can aggregate into XHIBITION includes advisory board called Doctors without Disciplinary Borders (DR X) to draw on the expertise of diverse specialists and academics and to invite transdisciplinary collaboration in innovative urban systems design.

Find more information on these projects at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) linked here. 

PLAN B explores strategies for urban infrastructure transformation that meet and exceed the goals set at the outcome of COP21—the 21st international climate convention held in Paris at the end of 2015. Although modestly ambitious, this globally significant meeting uses strategies of regulatory control, non market and market incentives that have so far demonstrated limited success in significantly transforming infrastructure (and the behavior these infrastructures support). However, it is the creative agency of cities, their cultural institutions and their talented inhabitants that are critical to significant transformation, and this is the focus of xCLINIC.

Plan B posits that BOULDER is an intellectual leader, internationally, drawing on the extraordinary brain trust and demonstrated commitment to progressive, ambitious environmental and social goals. By using the paradigm of mutualistic system design we can transform our shared urban infrastructure to achieve “more than less” and explore systems that can produce substantial cultural and environmental benefits. Adapted to the local conditions and communities beyond Boulder, including Barcelona, Bogota, Beijing, Berlin, Burlington, (Ho)Bart, and Brisbane (another floodable city) which enable each of these cities to significantly exceed the COP21 goals (in terms carbon emissions and energy transformation, and additional parameters of human and environmental health).

To re-imagine and redesign our relationship to natural systems is the SPACERACE of this century. XHIBITION proposes that we can experiment with new infrastructure—waste, energy, distribution, food and information systems; and that we can produce GOODxGOODS, the  production and consumption of which improves health. To your health and towards a Museum of Natural Futures!

The Environmental Health Clinic (xCLINIC) addresses external determinants of health: air quality, food, waste, distribution and energy systems, and creates a participatory context to assume our creative agency and “response-ability” for who and how we innovate our shared urban systems. xCLINIC demonstrates and promotes the concept that we can design infrastructure that IMPROVES AIR, WATER AND SOIL QUALITY,  INCREASES BIODIVERSITY and most critically PROMOTES HUMAN HEALTH—the best proxy for the common good. It is not enough to reduce our food miles, waste or energy use. Lessening negative impacts is not sufficient, and does not by itself the develop alternative energy, food, transportation. To co-produce a tasty, biodiverse and desirable future we draw on the creative independent agency (CIA) of diverse humans and nonhumans, the strength of which is in their diversity.

FUSE – DIS2016

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Since 1995, the biennial ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) is the premier, international arena where designers, artists, psychologists, user experience researchers, systems engineers, and many more, come together to debate and shape the future of interactive systems design and practice. DIS is owned by the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI). In the past, DIS has been held in Ann Arbor (1995), Amsterdam (1997), New York (2000), London (2002), Boston (2004), State College (2006), Cape Town (2008), Aarhus (2010), Newcastle (2012), and Vancouver (2014).

7 June 2016

Keynote and Discussion Panel

Androids, Replicants and Chimeras: Alternate Embodiments / Uncanny Agencies

Keynote by Stelarc, followed by a Discussion Panel: “fuse” – What makes us human?

  • Wendy Ju, Stanford University
  • Natalie Jeremijenko, New York University
  • Cat Matson, Chief Digital Officer, City of Brisbane
  • Stelarc, Curtin University of Technology

Emscherkunst 2016 – Urban Space Station

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Urban Space Station at Emscherkunst 2016

4th of June until 18th of September

excerpt from Emscherkunst website:

Natalie Jeremijenko designs a positive vision for the new Emscher valley with her project U.S.S. – Urban Space Station. It’s ever Natalie Jeremijenko’s aim to better life and life quality with her work. TheUrban Space Station is a closed system combining agriculture and architecture. The Australian artist’s installation, reminiscent of a space ship, addresses multiple ecologic and social problems, as the constant rise of CO² in our atmosphere, the forming of waste air and smog, the growing concentration of buildings and people in agglomeration areas, and also lacking or too little upgrades in the area of planting and green spaces in the densely populated areas.

Jeremijenko creates a greenhouse-like architecture with U.S.S. – Urban Space Station, on top of an existent building at the Lake Phoenix See and points to new possibilities of the use and capacity of buildings. Placed on a passage-building between the so-called Swan Complex at the densely populated Lake Phoenix, its insect-like outside reminds of a parasite that has docked onto the building. The second glance uncovers the symbiosis of the two architectural structures: The USS docks onto the air conditioning of the surrounding buildings and creates a cleaning circulation. The building’s waste air and warmth is filtered by the USSs plants, cleaned, and enriched with oxygen before it is led back into the building.

About Emscherkunst:

The exhibition Emscherkunst is presenting contemporary art in city and nature for the third time in summer 2016. The Emscherkunst 2016’s about 50km long Art Trail stretches between the cities of Holzwickede, Dortmund, Castrop-Rauxel, Recklinghausen and Herne.

The Emscherkunst accompanies the development of a natural riverscape in the heart of the Ruhr area as a triennial. In a generational project, the open waste water canal Emscher is being converted to a close-to-nature river since the 1990s.

The artworks of the Emscherkunst 2016 deal with the conversion of the river Emscher as well as with the urban and industrial transformation and the change of landscape in the Ruhr area. The exhibition – hosted by Emschergenossenschaft, Urbane Künste Ruhr and Regionalverband Ruhr – has been taking place every three years since the Cultural Capital Year RUHR.2010 at the Emscher’s banks. In 2013, Emscherkunst delighted more than 255.000 visitors.

The Art Trail of Emscherkunst 2016 is about 50 km long and leads from Holzwickede through Dortmund to Castrop-Rauxel, Recklinghausen and Herne. All in all seven exhibition areas along the trail and an exciting program of events offer a unique art experience during the summer: in addition to the Emscher’s source in Holzwickede, the Dortmunder lake Phoenix See, and the urban space around the Dortmunder U, the exhibition also takes places around the coking plant Hansa, the flood retention basin, the waterway bridge of Emscher and Rhine-Herne-Canal near Castrop-Rauxel and the Museum Strom und Leben with the Stadthafen Recklinghausen for venues.

Experience the change

In one of the biggest renaturation projects worldwide, the Emscher conversion, the about 80km long river Emscher is being converted from an open waste water canal to a close-to-nature river system: step by step, the river Emscher and her tributaries are being transformed and improved ecologically – the Emscher returns to the people as an alive river. Because of the change in landscape and urban spaces, formerly shunned areas become recreational spaces. For the Emscherkunst 2016, Emschergenossenschaft, Urbane Künste Ruhr and Regionalverband Ruhr are co-operating again, aiming to make the regions transformation to an attractive environment for living, residing and working, and to further strengthen the Ruhr areas international reputation as an attractive art metropolis.

Continuing in the Cultural Capital Year RUHR.2010’s spirit “Change through Culture – Culture through Change”, the Ministry for Family, Children, Youths, Culture, and Sport of the federal State Northrhine-Westphalia supports the Emscherkunst as one of the particularly sustainable cultural projects. In 2013, the Emscherkunst was recognized by the United Nations for her engagement in the communication of sustainable ideas and chosen as the „Beitrag zur UN-Dekade Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung“ (Tribute to the UN-Decade Education for Sustainable Developement).

Visit the site here

VIVID Sydney 2016

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Can art do good and be good? Are artistic excellence and social impact mutually exclusive ends? Explore world’s best practice in socially-engaged architecture, theatre, visual art and culture.

In this event, Steve Lambert, founder of the Center for Artistic Activism, and Natalie Jeremijenko, director of the Environmental Health Clinic at NYU, will each deliver an insightful keynote followed by a conversation. They will discuss their practice, staging provocative and playful interventions in public space, and approaches to engaging with and effecting change in communities.

Discover exciting new approaches to generating social impact through the arts, and explore the many ways art can raise the profile of worthy causes and elevate the conversation around social inclusion.

This event is presented by Vivid Ideas, Sydney Ideas and the Seymour Centre. You may also be interested in the Do, Good, Be Good: Conference.

03 Jun 2016
18:30 – 20:00

York Theatre, Seymour Centre, Cnr of City Rd and Cleveland St, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006

Jeremijenko at TEDxSydney 2016

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TEDxSydney returns to the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday 25 May 2016. Applications to attend will be accepted via our website from Tuesday 8 March at 10am.

Radical Design For Environmental Health | Natalie Jeremijenko

Natalie Jeremijenko is an artist, engineer, inventor and academic. She’s never subscribed to the idea that art and science don’t mix. Her many extraordinary experiments have a serious intent – to improve the health of the planet. She believes that the great challenge of the 21st century is to reimagine and redesign our relationship to natural systems.

One of America’s brightest digital pioneers, Natalie 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. She now directs the xDesign Environmental Health Clinic at NYU.

Her experimental design – hence xDesign – 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, and almost all of it is carried out through public experiments.

ISEA2016 Hong Kong – Cultural R>evolution

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Symposium Programme

ISEA2016 Hong Kong 香港 will take place from Monday 16 to Sunday 22 May 2016. The seven-day programme will feature a conference, keynotes, exhibitions, workshops, performances, public and satellite events, and optional tours and site visits.

Keynote Speakers:
Benjamin Bratton (US)
Pierre Cassou-Noguès (FR)
Shu Lea Cheang (TW/US/FR)
Natalie Jeremijenko (US)

Keynote Panel:
Luc Courchesne (CA)
Masaki Fujihata (JP)
Jeffrey Shaw (HK)
moderated by Caroline Ha Thuc (HK)

Click HERE for the Symposium Programme (opens in new window).
Note: more events will be added as the ISEA2016HK week approaches!
(Organizers of ISEA2016 Hong Kong 香港 reserve the right to change the programme and schedule)

16 May (Monday) – 17 May (Tuesday)
Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
o   Workshop sessions
o   Public events & exhibition opening receptions


18 May (Wednesday) – 21 May (Saturday)
Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong
o   Multi-track conference sessions & keynotes
o   Symposium grand opening & Juried Exhibition opening reception
o   Performances, off-site events, receptions


22 May (Sunday)
Social programme
o   Social events, public events and excursions in Hong Kong

Cultural R>evolution

Electronic media exemplifies the dual meaning of revolution: to always create new while returning to the old. In this dynamic, where multiple centers and margins compete for attention, and borders to be transgressed are shifting, paradigms and practices must be replaced, repackaged and re-appropriated to keep up with the parallel evolutions in art, creativity, culture, society, and politics.

Amphibious Architecture at GASP – Tasmania

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A poetic and dynamic light array over 60 metres providing information about estuarine health through dissolved oxygen levels below the surface.

Launching May 12, 2016.

Amphibious Architecture is an ambitious project blending art and science. It was prototyped by Jeremijenko’s Environmental Art Clinic, New York University and the Living Architecture Lab at Columbia University, USA and first tested in the Bronx and East Rivers, New York City, 2009.

Amphibious Architecture (AA) aims to raise the profile of important issues related to the health of the Derwent Estuary and make the normally invisible, visible. It will be installed semi-permanently (up to 10 years) and will have far reaching environmental and social benefits.

Dissolved oxygen is one of the most important factors in the health of an eco-system, high levels of dissolved oxygen indicate a healthier eco system and the presence of sustained life in the Derwent river. AA helps audiences to visualise river health and water quality in real time with a tangible, visual representation of what is happening in their river.

GASP, with Jeremijenko, and the support of local partners have adapted and resolved this project over a period of 18 months for our local conditions. What has been created is a poetic and dynamic light array over 60 metres providing information about estuarine health through dissolved oxygen levels.

Visitors and community from around the world can text a special number and receive real-time analysis of the health of the river. Amphibious Architecture aims to raise the profile of important issues related to the health of the Derwent Estuary and the interdependencies in our ecosystems and make the usually invisible, visible.

We gratefully thank the Ian Potter Foundation for their significant financial investment and the generous in-kind assistance of all of our project partners in realising this project.

Jeremijenko has undertaken 5 site visits.


 ‘Amphibious Architecture’ launches on Thursday 12 May, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, GASP Boardwalk, Grove Reserve RSVP:

Start Fresh – Arts Council of Princeton

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6 May – 24 June 2016
Arts Council of Princeton

Start Fresh is a group exhibition about clarity, finesse, energy, surprise, nature, healing and defying expectations in art. The exhibit brings together startling and fresh works of art by professional artists, alongside that of participants from seven arts and health programs that engage the community in creative dialogue.

A passionate concern for nature pervades the work of included artists: Polly Apfelbaum, Lindsay Feuer, Susan Hockaday, Natalie Jeremijenko, Melissa Marks, and Scott Wright. To celebrate surprise and renewal in art, students ages 15 to 102 from the Arts Council’s Arts in Healthcareprograms have created bold prints as an homage to Mary Granville Delany, an 18th Century botanical artist who began her life’s work at the age of 72.

In her Curator’s Statement, Eva Mantell says, “The six artists selected for this exhibit connect to the themes of renewal and growth in diverse ways. From drawing to painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking, performance art, biotechnology and environmental intervention, the range of media rewinds to art’s origins, and fast-forwards into new technologies, as needed. The artists in this exhibit are trained and skilled. They have finesse and a light touch, and keep their art fresh, honest and relevant.”