OneTrees: The Propagation Phase
By Natalie Jeremijenko in collaboration with Pond

Opening Reception: Fri May 16th, 7-10 pm
w/ Remarks by Natalie Jeremijenko: 8 pm
& Release of OneTrees Request for Proposals

Youth Arts Collaborative Reception
OneTrees-Related artwork created by youth
from the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco
and the San Francisco Art Institute
Fri May 16th, 5:30 7 pm
Funded by the San Francisco Foundation

Location: Pond: a place for art, activism, and ideas
324 14th St b/w Mission and Valencia St, San Francisco
Tell: 415.437.9151 | fax: 800.867.2839 |
Exhibition Open Hours: Sat/Sun 3-8 pm

Many thanks to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for their continual support of Pond & OneTrees.

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Q: What is OneTrees?
A: OneTrees, an ongoing collaboration between artist-experimenter Natalie Jeremijenko and Pond, involves the planting of pairs of genetically identical trees (clones) throughout the Bay Area's diverse microclimates and social contexts. Over time, the trees varied growth responses will render visible the differences in their environment.

In Spring of 2003, 20 pairs of OneTrees were planted in publicly accessible sites, including the San Francisco Art Institute (North Beach), Warm Water Cove (Mission Bay), AOV (Mission), and various residencies and educational institutions. Future sites include Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2003), the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (2003), and Tilden Nature Preserve (2004) and others throughout the Bay Area. Plantings will continue through 2004.

Q: What will be in the gallery?
A: In the OneTrees gallery exhibition (May 16 June 22), Jeremijenko's signature integration of minimalist aesthetic strategies with hi and low-tech media (photography, video, surveillance devices, etc.) interrogate issues relevant to the public component of OneTrees. Formally engaging and art-historically allusive, the exhibition's various components contain a strong political message: in highlighting the differences between genetically identical organisms, Jeremijenko's work dismantles the fallacy of genetic determinism (the belief that genes determine form) and affirms the significance of environmental influence.
Q: What happens next?
A: By 2005, 5 or more experimental projects at various OneTrees sites will be realized. A Request for Proposals will be posted online (at and released at the Opening Reception (May 16th, 2003). Activists, public planners, architects, designers, artists, environmentalists, and others are invited to apply.

Q: Who is Natalie Jeremijenko?
A: Natalie Jeremijenko, 1999 Rockefeller fellow, is a design engineer, activist, and techno-artist. She was recently named one of the top one hundred young innovators by the MIT Technology Review. Her work includes digital, electromechanical, and interactive systems in addition to biotechnological work that have recently been included in the Rotterdam Film Festival (2000), the Guggenheim Museum, New York (1999), the Museum Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, the LUX Gallery, London (1999), the Whitney Biennial '97, Documenta '97, Ars Electronic prix '96, presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute Technology.

Jeremijenko studied engineering at Stanford University towards her Ph.D. in design engineering, and was most recently the director of the Engineering Design Studio at Yale University developing and implementing new courses in technological innovation. She has recently taken a research position at the Media Research Lab/Center for Advanced Technology in the Computer Science Dept., NYU.

Other research positions include several years at Xerox PARC in the computer science lab, and the Advanced Computer Graphics Lab, RMIT. She has also been on faculty in digital media and computer art at the School Of Visual Art, New York and the San Francisco Art Institute. She occasionally contributes her efforts at the Bureau of Inverse Technology.

In Tree Logic, a recent commission for the opening of MASSMoCA, Jeremijenko suspended 6 live trees upside down in the museum s courtyard to express a fundamental tenet of botany: plants grow towards the sun. As trees are dynamic natural systems, and Tree Logic reveals this dynamism.

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