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GASP: Swimmable! presents Natalie Jeremijenko’s Amphibious Architecture

A poetic and dynamic light array providing information about estuarine health.


Natalie Jeremijenko is an internationally acclaimed artist, engineer and inventor based in New York. She was named one of the most influential women in technology 2011 and one of the inaugural top young innovators by MIT Technology Review.

Jeremijenko directs the Environmental Health Clinic, and is an Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department, NYU and affiliated with the Computer Science Dept. and Environmental Studies program.  She has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, the Guggenheim Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Jeremijenko has been working with GASP in association with Swimmable! Reading the River, a three year public art program developed by with Carbon Arts. Swimmable! engages artists, scientists, local businesses as well as the community in projects that bring connection to the river’s changing ecology.

Amphibious Architecture is an ambitious project blending art and science. It was prototyped by Jeremijenko’s Environmental Art Clinic, New York University and the Living Architecture Lab at Columbia University, USA and first tested in the Bronx and East Rivers, New York City, 2009.

Amphibious Architecture (AA) aims to raise the profile of important issues related to the health of the Derwent Estuary and make the normally invisible, visible. It will be installed semi-permanently (up to 10 years) and will have far reaching environmental and social benefits.

Dissolved oxygen is one of the most important factors in the health of an eco-system, high levels of dissolved oxygen indicate a healthier eco system and the presence of sustained life in the Derwent river. AA helps audiences to visualise river health and water quality in real time with a tangible, visual representation of what is happening in their river.

GASP, with Jeremijenko, and the support of local partners have adapted and resolved this project over a period of 18 months for our local conditions. What has been created is a poetic and dynamic light array over 60 metres providing information about estuarine health through dissolved oxygen levels.

Visitors and community from around the world can text a special number and receive real-time analysis of the health of the river. Amphibious Architecture aims to raise the profile of important issues related to the health of the Derwent Estuary and the interdependencies in our ecosystems and make the usually invisible, visible.




Natalie Jeremijenko is an artist, engineer and inventor with a speciality in environmental and urban issues. In 2014 ‘VIDA Art and Artificial Life International Awards Pioneer Prize’ was awarded to Natalie Jeremijenko “for her consistently brilliant portfolio of work over the past two decades.” A prize only awarded once before to Laurie Anderson. She was also granted Most Innovative People award in 2013, most influential women in technology 2011, one of the inaugural top young innovators by MIT Technology Review and 40 most influential designers. Jeremijenko directs the Environmental Health Clinic—facilitating public and lifestyle experiments that can aggregate into significant human and environmental health benefits.

Jeremijenko is an Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department, NYU and affiliated with the Computer Science Dept and Environmental Studies program.  Previously she was on the Visual Arts faculty at UCSD, Faculty of Engineering at Yale University, a visiting professor at Royal College of Art in London, a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Public Understanding of Science at Michigan State University, and a Visiting Global Distinguished Professor at they NYU College of Arts and Sciences. Her doctoral studies include biochemistry, engineering (mechatronics, space-systems and precision engineering), neuroscience and History and Philosophy of Science.

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GASP: Swimmable! presents Natalie Jeremijenko’s Amphibious Architecture

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