Amphibious Architecture

May 2016

Please Note: this work has been decommissioned. As a temporary work the components were designed to function short term and the work has now been removed.

Amphibious Architecture was a poetic and dynamic light array over 60 metres long, providing information about river health through dissolved oxygen levels below the surface.

Amphibious Architecture was an ambitious project blending art and science, raising the profile of the health of the River Derwent, and making the normally invisible, visible. It was be installed for 4 years.

Dissolved oxygen is one of the most important factors in the health of an eco-system, where high levels of dissolved oxygen indicate a healthier eco-system and the presence of sustained life in the River Derwent. Amphibious Architecture helps audiences to visualise river health and water quality in real time with a tangible, visual representation of what is happening in their river.
The work was originally 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. It has been adapted and resolved over a period of 18 months for our local conditions. Visitors and community from around the world can text a number and receive real-time analysis of the health of the river.

[ NB Due to technical issues this work is currently not operational.]

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.

Curated by: Pippa Dickson

We gratefully thank the Ian Potter Foundation for their significant financial investment and the generous in-kind assistance of all of our project partners in realising this project.

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