The Chronic Data Society is a temporary title for multifaceted media project that explores chronic pain through research, personal antidotes, user generated data collection, shared experience, and software development to create a community driven resource and open-data research lab to help people respond to chronic pain.
The project is in it’s initial stages and is reaching out to those who suffer from chronic pain to begin to create a community of those struggling with pain. Please contact me at jon at splnlss dot com for more information.
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I recently started my fellowship at the New York Foundation for the Arts. I’ll be starting a couple of new projects, one focusing on chronic pain as well as a few projects related to my film ‘Back Water’.
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It’s screening again on Friday April 24th.
If you’re in the area or coming to the festival send me a message and I might have a few extra tickets. Everyone else, I hope to see you soon closer to home!
BACKWATER: In the middle of New Jersey exists a strange landscape of wetlands and wildlife migrations, garbage dumps and the ruins of industry, toxic waste sites and a river that tells the story of a civilization’s new frontier. That is what seven young people have chosen to paddle through for 10 days, in canoes… A singular expedition, as romantic as it is political.
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I’m honored to receive a Media Art Assistance Fund grant from Wave Arts in association with New York Council on the Arts. This grant will help finish off some of the post-production for my film Back Water which will premier shortly.
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Process Space provides intensive, project-based studio residencies, including opportunities for audience development, for mid-career and established artists and arts groups working across all disciplines.
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The respected playwright Israel Horovitz (father of another Horovitz, Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys) has a new film out staring Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Maggie Smith. It’s a fine film essential set in an old Parisian town house that only a playwright could pen.
“Despondent New Yorker Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) ventures to Paris with plans of liquidating the apartment inherited from his late father, but runs into an unexpected roadblock when he discovers that the flat is currently inhabited by his father’s former lover, an elderly Englishwoman named Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), and her adult daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas). “
It’s currently in limited run theaters so check it out if its playing near you.
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I just released a new record by ‘Rabbitsss‘ called Penguins. It’s a collaboration between Rae Howell and myself. We’ve been working on the record since 2005 I believe so we’re excited to finally have it released. It’s available at:
CD’s are also available at Amazon or from us directly.
Penguins is a study in pulsating electronic, that type that lives through the imaginary, imperfect strings of organic (the percussive instruments) and the discrete charm of synthetic sound. The resulting balance is a delicate texture suspended between a colorful rendition of the rigors of contemporary music (Steve Reich, Terry Riley) and ambient pop (Stereolab, above all), that somehow manages to retain a playful tone, slightly clouded by a few melancholic lines.- Pop Matters
Penguins unspools in bright calm clarity, its overlapping marimba, vibraphone and keyboard motifs locking and interlocking like colored puzzle pieces, its hiccuping percussion delineating rhythms with crayon-emphatic precision. Howell is responsible for motif and melody; she carries the tune with a variety of percussive and keyboard instruments. Cohrs manipulates the sound electronically and adds the samples that both ground and distance these compositions. The real world, heard in glitch-stuttering beats, faraway voices and odd sounds, is indistinct behind a scrim. – Dusted Magazine
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Corporate Avoidance is a free program we designed for use with Final Cut Pro, to unshackle you from your workstation by taking advantage to the necessary evils of life as an editor. It works by loading screenshots and animated gifs to make your computer look like it’s busy rendering, so you can take your sweet time to take a walk in the sun to that place that makes the good sandwiches, or pull the plug on a client who insists on sitting-in until the cows come home!
It’s great for students, too — make your reserved lab computer look busy ‘rendering’ so that no one uses it while you run downstairs for a Snapple!
Whenever you need a break, simply launch Corporate Avoidance and walk away as your computer “Renders” for however long you would like. In fact, you can even create your own presets by making screen shots of your monitor, and entering the “project name” you want to be busy “Rendering.” Or make you’re own animated gif’s as you sneak out to walk your dog.
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In addition to my art stuff, some of you know that I also run an audio mastering studio called, Spleenless Mastering.
One of the recent projects I worked on was the sound track to “Nebraska” a film by Alexander Payne. The sound track was written by Mark Orton and is really phenomenal. If you haven’t seen the film, check it out while it’s still in the theatre. It’s beautifully shot and the black & white landscapes are worth seeing on in their own right. It’s exciting to see that the film is up for several Oscars.
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I’m showing a project in an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico. The opening is February 6th in San Juan, PR.
All of the work is from a residency with the National Forest Service in El Yunque National Park,PR. The exhibition includes a great selection of work from artists and scientists.
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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.