Land pollution

The legacy of industrialisation is evident as the build up of toxins in soils, wetlands, river beds and the atmosphere. This is often invisible and where land harbours stocks of pollutants this can seep into drinking water and food production and impact upon human and environmental health. Pointing to these issues is one creative avenue for the arts, as is remediation of contaminated land through collaborative and creative community-oriented approaches.

Feral Robotic Dogs

Feral Robotic Dogs is a project initiated by artist, Natalie Jeremijenko, who heads up xDesign Environmental Health Clinic at New York University. Robotic dogs, desperate to perform more useful tasks than the ones they were programmed for, are released into contaminated environments where they can ‘sniff’ out harmful chemicals and communicate this information to interested community members via an open source platform. A playful introduction to a serious topic, feral robotic dogs is one of a series of projects by Jeremijenko that explore the use of art and technology to effect social and environmental change