A very short excerpt from an amazing LONG interview!
By EMILY GERTZ, 22 OCT 04
"From releasing packs of Feral Robot Dogs that sniff out chemical contamination, to teaching Yale engineering students socially responsible design, from creating pollution-detecting Clear Skies Masks for bicycle riders, to co-authoring Biotech Hobbyist Magazine, Natalie Jeremijenko's work merges engineering, biology and art to explore socio-political hot spots along the fault line where design meets information meets society.
As reported in the technogeek press in August, Jeremijenko was one of several artist-engineers developing and deploying protest technology during the Republican National Convention in New York City. She collaborated with activists to devise a number of devices that were both media-savvy and functional, designed to undercut surveillance, create accurate crowd counts, and protect activists--gestures that highlighted the growing technological arsenal being aimed on political speech and action.
I interviewed Jeremijenko for Worldchanging last month, over a vegan takeout dinner in her West Village apartment in New York City. We began by discussing her Republican National Convention protest tech.
Natalie Jeremijenko: The statement I'm going for is about illegitimate use of force, the militarization of the police force around legal political protest.
Can you imagine if they militarized around lobbyists visiting Washington?..."
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