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December 31, 2006

Activist artist Natalie Jeremijenko

still image of Natalie Jeremijenko from seedmagazine.com

I have a kind of love-hate relationship with the projects of Natalie Jeremijenko. On the one hand, I think she does brilliant stuff focusing her expertise in guerrilla robotics and use of online tools on issues of pollution, loss of privacy, and globalization.

On the other hand, some of her misconceptions about animal behavior (elk migration is linked to PCB levels. Will pigeons like to live in nests that are shaped like eggs because of an innate desire to return to the shell?) are somewhere between whifty and just ridiculously wrong.

But love it or hate it, her stuff is always worth checking out, as are her talks. This month Seed magazine posted a couple of videos of her on their website.

In this video Jeremijenko gives a nice overview of how and why average citizens should get more involved in science.

Meanwhile, in this second video, she gives an overview of her latest project, OOZ (that's "zoo" backwards), a rooftop installation exploring human interaction with the natural world.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at December 31, 2006 07:46 AM