It’s the end of the summer when new students begin wandering around my neighborhood congregating around coffee shops, I’m busy working on class syllabus’s and will be teaching at the Pratt Institute this fall.
I’m also in two shows in the next few weeks. The first is a small faculty show at Pratt opening on Monday, August 26th. The opening is from 6-8pm.
The second show is in Colorado called Systems + Subversions together with a couple of artists I greatly admire like Marina Zurkow, and Scott Johnson. The opening is Thursday, September 12th, at 6pm at the I.D.E.A. Space, and the following day I will be in discussion with Philosophy professor Marion Hourdequin at 4:30pm on Friday, September 13th at Colorado College.
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I was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts grant for 2013. I was notified around the holidays the grant actually arrived in the mail a week ago. I’m excited to be able to use the grant money to continue working a film about the New Jersey Meadowlands. We did two separate expeditions so far and we have one more coming up later this summer to finish off production. Post production will take place in the fall. More to come over the coming months. very excited.
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BACK WATER follows a group of city dwellers as they spend 10 days exploring a new frontier of toxic waste dumps and abandoned factories. The team is confronted by natural elements such as wildfires and flood-tides, and as toxic spills threaten their water supply the fear of the mysteries this environment contains is palpable. As the journey travels downstream, an environment that initially felt inhospitable begins to feel more welcoming than the world that surrounds it. It is against this backdrop of birds and factories, open sky and highway overpasses, the explorers contemplate what it means to adapt and live in a man-made world, reminded of the contradictions inherent in such a landscape.
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We just launched Radio Kaikukukatu 92,2 FM in Helsinki. We’re broadcasting from the top of KuvA / Finnish Acadamy of Fine Arts. Live radio is broadcasting now and MFA final projects broadcast tomorrow (11/29/12) at 2pm. Helsinki Tune In!
This is part of a class I’m teaching at KUVA called Wandering Methodologies that explores various forms of public engagement on the airwaves, online and in public.
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I’m giving a presentation at The Rhode Island School of Design this Friday November 9th at 6:30pm, CIT 103, in Providence RI.
I’ll be talk about some previous work and also talking about my on going film project called The Spice Trade Expedition. I’ll be showing some of the new footage from the trip.
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Here’s a Deutsche Welle Television show about a project I did in 2009 called the Urban Prospector. The show also includes a great project by Andrea Polli, and Blast Theory. Urban Prospector starts at 1:57.
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Here’s a new interview with Morgan Levy and myself on our project, Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt. Our interview is about 10 minutes long and goes into depth about some aspects of the project that we’ve never talked about before. We’re about 30 minutes into the show, or you can listen to the whole episode which has three other great stories about hookworms, DDT, and the arctic.
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Two projects of mine, All-Salt and Spice Trade Expedition, are part of the Surface Tension exhibition at Eyebeam curated by Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin.
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New Art/Science Affinities by Andrea Grover, Régine Debatty, Claire Evans and Pablo Garcia, has a section about one of my projects, The Urban Prospector. The book focuses on artists working at the intersection of art, science and technology, was produced by a collaborative authoring process known as a “book sprint.” Derived from “code sprinting,” a method in which software developers gather in a single room to work intensely on an open source project for a certain period of time, the term book sprint describes the quick, collective writing of a topical book.
“New Art/Science Affinities” (2011, 8.5×11 inches, 190 pages, perfect-bound paperback, 232 full-color illustrations) is available for purchase ($45.75) through print-on-demand service Lulu, or for free download via the Miller Gallery website (http://www.cmu.edu/millergallery/nasabook).
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ReMarshing is a project by Myriel Millicevic and Jon Cohrs. It was created at Timelab in Ghent Belgium.
Belgium and the Netherlands have a long history of slowly draining the wetlands on which it is founded. ReMarshing is a processes of bring the land back to its previous state while also cleaning the water of its toxins by planting remediation plants within the wetland to remove the metals and other toxins.
We created a wetland water wheel that is powered by the wind. The windwheel spins and powers a water wheel that dumps canal water back on to the land. The water floods the land attempting to recreate wetlands. In front of the wetland waterwheel we planted remediation plants such as poplar, rap seed, willow, and other grasses.
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The GhostCoder is an encryption utility, design for the Sonic Weapons Research Collective AUDiNT used to embed sound files or spoken text files within flac music files using spectral analysis to encode the research beyond the listeners hearing range. This information piggybacks on top of popular music files and torrents without being noticed, thus creating a networked distribution as an archival method of important information. The information or the torrent stream can then be decoded with the GhostCoder to yield the embedded information. The GhostCoder is intended to use viral dynamics as an archiving tool to ensure important data stays within the public domain.
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The Dead Record Office by AUDiNT is a 2011 Art in General commission. AUDiNT, short for “Audio Intelligence” is a collaborative, research team comprised of artists and scholars Steve Goodman, Toby Heys and myself, Jon Cohrs.
Since 1945, AUDiNT has been conducting research, rituals, and experiments into the opening of the 3rd ear, a dimension that materializes when sound, ultrasound, and infrasound are simultaneously deployed in a precise schema of sequencing, duration, and amplification. The 3rd ear forms a conduit for the channelling of voices and frequencies, allowing communication between the living and the dead, sanity and insanity and between disparate locations in space and time.
Adapting to, and capitalizing on the viral dynamics and tactical battlefields of 21st century digital networks, we are systematically uploading the AUDiNT research archive that has been compiled throughout the past 60 years. Our research concerns the hauntological power of sonic weaponry). This ritualized uploading of the spectral archive aims to create a prospective archive of wave-formed affect that is propagated throughout the living dead networks of our communication systems. This tactical shift – to open up our archive to the public – relates to our new mandate of arming the mass populace with the efficacy of sonic weaponry so that it does not become the sole preserve of the military-entertainment complex. With its dark science and sonically dissonant content, Dead Record Office is the enshrined location from which this viral transfer begins. continue…