Subject: Viridian Note 00110: Computers and Trees

Key concepts: Natalie Jeremijenko, "Stump" program,
"OneTree" project, Bureau of Inverse Technology, tangible cyberspace

Attention Conservation Notice: It's about techno-art.

Entries in the Viridian Solar Switchplate Contest: This contest ends very soon: November 20, 01999.

A recent Viridian interview with Bruce Sterling on grainy, halting, herky-jerky

Profiles: Natalie Jeremijenko
Link: From: "MIT's Magazine of Innovation: Technology Review"

"Are you a knowledge worker? If so, Natalie Jeremijenko would like you to install 'Stump' on your computer. Every time you print out a tree's worth of paper, Stump prints a picture of a tree ring. With enough rings, you can reconstruct the stump of a tree.

"For Australian-born Jeremijenko, who is director of the Yale University Engineering Design Lab and an
acclaimed technoartist, Stump is a way to make 'a tangible version of the Internet world.' Jeremijenko says her aim is to pierce the 'shared hallucination' that cyberspace is somehow clean and immaterial.

"In reality, she points out, the digital domain is a world of hardware and some hard truths. Jeremijenko makes the latter difficult to ignore with projects like
'OneTree,' in which 2,000 walnut trees will be placed in sensor-equipped planters around the San Francisco Bay area next year. As the trees grow, their condition will record the region's climatic, socioeconomic and environmental extremes.(...)

"Jeremijenko, who produces much of her art under the auspices of a fictional institution she calls the 'Bureau of Inverse Technology,' makes novel use of technologies to record social phenomena. She shot a documentary of Silicon Valley from a remote-controlled spy plane, concealed cameras in teddy bears to record children's expressions, and installed a motion detector near the Golden Gate Bridge to count suicides (17 in 100 days)."

(((I've said it before and I'll say it again:
Natalie Jeremijenko is the cat's pyjamas.)))

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