Natalie Jeremijenko (born 1966) is an artist and engineer whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering. She is an active member of the net.art movement, and her work primarily explores the interface between society, the environment and technology. She is currently an Associate Professor at New York University in the Visual Art Department, and has affiliated faculty appointments in Computer Science and Environmental Studies. Jeremijenko has alternatively described her work as 'X Design' (short for experimental design) and herself as a 'thingker'.
Early life 
Jeremijenko grew up in Mackay, Queensland, as the second of ten children to a physician and a schoolteacher. Jermenjenko claims that her mother was the first woman in Australia to own a microwave, and her parents were champions of domestic technology.
Jeremijenko holds a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, and holds qualifications across science and arts.
|1992||B.F.A. (with Honors)||Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology||Digital Information: "Explorations in Scientific Representation Exploiting Surround Sensory Input (Virtual Reality)"|
|1993||B.S. (Conferred)||Griffith University, Queensland, Australia||Neuroscience and Biochemistry |
|2008||PhD||University of Queensland||Information Environments, School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering|
Transition to art installations 
In 1988, Jeremijenko co-founded the Livid rock festival in Brisbane. She credits her involvement in helping her move towards public art as she created installations that would appeal to the young crowd.
Notable works 
D4PA: Designed 4 Political Action 
A catalogue of devices and strategies for political engagement and direct action developed by the Bureau and others. Described by Wired Magazine as the DARPA of dissent.
Live Wire (Dangling String) 
In 1995, as an artist-in-residence at Xerox PARC under the guidance of Mark Weiser, Jeremijenko created the art installation Live Wire (also known as dangling string). The installation was made up of LED cables that lit up relative to the amount of internet traffic. The work is now seen as one of the first examples of ambient or calm technology.
Various technological interfaces to facilitate interaction with natural systems as opposed to virtual systems. These interfaces encourage interactive relationships with non human and are intended to accumulate the actions of participants into productive local environmental knowledge and the remediation of urban territories.
How Stuff is Made (HSIM) is a visual encyclopedia documenting the manufacturing processes, environmental costs and labor conditions involved in the production of contemporary products. This is a wiki based collectively produced academic project to change the information available on and about the production.
Feral Robots 
An Open Source robotics project providing resources and support for upgrading the raison d’etre of commercially available robotic dog toys; and facilitating mediagenic Feral Robotic Dog Pack Release events. Because the dogs follow concentration gradients of the contaminants they are equipped to sniff, their release renders information legible to diverse participants, provides the opportunity for evidence driven discussion, and facilitates public participation in environmental monitoring and remediation.
BIT Plane 
The BIT plane is a radio-controlled model airplane, designed by the Bureau of Inverse Technology and equipped with a micro-video camera and transmitter. Its name could be a possible reference to bit plane, meaning a set of digital discrete signals. In 1997 it was launched on a series of sorties over the Silicon Valley to capture an aerial rendering. Guided by the live control-view video feed from the plane, the pilot on the ground was able to steer the unit deep into the glittering heartlands of the Information Age.
Most of the corporate research parks in Silicon Valley are no-camera zones and require US Citizen status or special clearance for entry. The bit plane (citizenship undisclosed) ﬂew covertly through this rariﬁed information-space, buzzing the largest concentration of venture capital in the world, to return with several hours of aerial footage.
Biotech Hobbyist 
(1st issue) An online magazine with kits and resources to bring biotech to the garage bedroom and everyman, to raise the standards of evidence and capacity for public involvement in the political decisions on the biotechnological future.
Bat Billboard 
Created in 2008, this project's goal was to dispel misinformation, as well as educate people on bats, their habitat, and activities. The billboard was an interactive home for bats that would display written messages based on the sonar messages the bats were sending. This work was showcased at MoMA's exhibit Talk to Me (exhibition)
Chronology of selected works 
|2004||Clear Skies: FaceMasks||http://xdesign.ucsd.edu/facemasks/|
|CIRCA: The Ratio Virus|
|1⁄2 Life Ratio|
|1996||The Corporate Imagination||Film|
|1993||The Bureau of Inverse Technology||Film|
- 2011 Fast Company Most Influential Women in Technology
- 2005 ID Magazine Forty (#37)
- 1999 Rockefeller Fellow
- 1999 Technology Review Top 100 Young Innovators
Personal life 
Jermenjenko is divorced. She was previously married to the sociologist Dalton Conley with whom she had two children: E and Yo. Jeremijenko also has a daughter, Jamba, from a previous relationship.
See also 
- More Intelligent Life, M.G (20 September 2010). "The Q&A: Natalie Jeremijenko, thingker". The Economist. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- Kevin, Berger (January 22). "The artist as mad scientist". salon.com. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "Natalie Jeremijenko". Core77. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "Natalie Jeremijenko". School of Visual Arts. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "Natalie Jeremijenko". Media Artists. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "Calm Technology". Berkeley. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "Ubicomp". IPV6. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "How Stuff Is Made". Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "Most Influential Women in Tech: Natalie Jeremijenk". Fast Company. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- Poynor, Rick (9 January 2005). "The I.D. Forty: What Are Lists For?". Design Observer. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "Technology Review's annual list of 35 INNOVATORS UNDER 35: Natalie Jeremijenko, 32". Technology Review. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- "Dalton Conley: Biography". New York University. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
- Bahrampour, Tara (25 September 2003). "A Boy Named Yo, Etc.; Name Changes, Both Practical and Fanciful, Are on the Rise". New York Times. Retrieved October 2012.
- Conley, Dalton (1 March 2010). "Raising E and Yo...". Psychology Today magazine. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
- xDesign Environmental Health Clinic
- Natalie Jeremijenko's home page with info about projects
- Environmental Health Clinic with info about xCLINIC
- info from Yale
- Profile of artist with descriptions of her work
- video interview at Connected Environments exhibit at the Neuberger Museum of Art
- MoMA Talk To Me Exhibition Site