Sunday, May 8, 2016

Week 6 Post

I had a hard time during the lecture videos trying to decide if what I was watching was really considered "art" or if it was just "weird." There is no art in doing something to prove that you can, such as inserting an ear into your arm... The only message that serves to progress is the advancements of biotech and medicine. And it's unnecessary. And weird.

However, I really enjoyed the work of Natalie Jermijenko, who developed small urban gardens in front of fire hydrants and geared tadpole-raising towards improving water quality. She has fascinating ideas for using mice and tadpoles to monitor how the population's air and water quality really affects them, as both animals are more sensitive than humans to environmental factors, yet respond similarly. Her general message is about mindful environmentalism, and many of her projects make sense and would be very useful if they had the support to be implemented. Her discussion of the Urban Space Stations that reduce carbon dioxide emissions seems to be an obvious step to reduce urban pollution, however her limited success made me begin to think about why environmentalism is such a slow fight.

Natalie Jermijenko's "No Park"
The current society thinks that the dangers of the environment will simply become the next generation's problem, or even a few generations later, and we believe that it's not our time yet to deal with pollution. Environmental health is an abstract concept--even recycling is very inefficient, yet it is what most people think it is the best way to be environmentally conscious. Natalie Jeremijenko's plastic bottle office boat is a very direct way to recycle that avoids the building pollution of building a new personal office.

More Revival Fields developed by Dr. Rufus Chaney seem like the obvious solution to soil metal toxins, yet I have only just now heard of this kind of solution. And the reason why is because it takes months and years and a lot of care for a plant to grow.  One of the focuses of all governments around the world should be environmentalism, but because of how long it takes for each movement to come to fruition, it never seems like a priority.

Revival Field
GOODMagazine. "GOOD Magazine: Natalie Jeremijenko." YouTube. YouTube, 18 Apr. 2007. Web. 08 May 2016. <>.
Mel Chin Studio. "Revival Field (animation)." Vimeo. N.p., 2012. Web. 08 May 2016. <>.
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"Revival Field – Mel Chin." Revival Field – Mel Chin. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 May 2016. <>.
TEDtalksDirector. "Natalie Jeremijenko: Let's Teach Fish to Text! and Other Outlandish Ideas." YouTube. YouTube, 14 Oct. 2010. Web. 08 May 2016. <>.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed your post because of your frank opinion on the types of art we covered last week. I also had trouble appreciating certain arts like the ear in the arm you mentioned and even Orlan's Harlequin coat. However, I think the fact that both projects pushed boundaries of what could be considered art with the help of science which showed how far we have come along to the public. Furthermore, your take on the environmental issues we face and how it seems that our society is not taking the movement as a priority is definitely something to think about. When I watched Natalie Jermijenko's TED video, I couldn't help but be amazed and entertained in how she is changing the way we should take of our environment. Her projects such as the tadpole improving water quality were all too peculiar and yet innovative. On the other hand, I think that the revival fields by Chaney may be something that our society as a whole may want to adapt. However, just like you, I've never heard about it until now. Thus, I think such ideas should be shared in a more extensive manner, so the public is more aware in how we can participate in environmentalism. Overall, I thought that your post was clear and concise with a substantial amount of class material and your own point of view.