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Project: Urban Infrastructure for Non-Humans: Toward the BRONX OOZ

In partnership with the Bronx River Art Center, Bronx OOZ is a new art/ecology institution that will present interactive public art works in the Bronx and beyond. Part reinvented zoo, part wild animal safari and part urban adventure game, this curatorial framework re-presents and facilitates urban biodiversity in situ. Like a traditional zoo, it is a series of sites where animals and humans interact, but Bronx OOZ seeks to offer a counter-example to the traditional zoo model of caged animals and prescribed viewing experiences. Each component of the project provides humans a set of actions; the animals provide reactions and these couplets add to a collective pool of observations.

Awardee: Natalie Jeremijenko

Emerging Fields, 2013

Named by MIT Technology Review as one of the Top 100 Young Innovators in 2001 and noted by Fast Company as one of the most influential women in technology in 2011, Jeremijenko has a longstanding reputation for utilizing information design and systems thinking to produce positive socio-environmental change. She directs the Environmental Health Clinic at New York University, which is modeled on the health clinic model, but offers patients prescriptions not for pharmaceuticals but for art, design and participatory projects.