Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt

October 01, 2011
By Morgan Levy + Jon Cohrs

Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt is a site-specific project created as part of the 01SJ Biennial.
Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt is a unique low-dosage cocktail of our most commonly used drugs, all brought together in one simple salty remedy.

Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt was a collaboration with Morgan Levy a water researcher from UC Berkeley. Most of the U.S. water supply contains various pharmaceuticals from both humans and livestock. We harvest and bottle them to create a perfect aggregate of what America is taking to heal itself.

All-Salt is hand-harvested from the salt waters of Artesian Slough, outside the small town of Alviso, California where the pharmaceutical-rich waters of the Silicon Valley’s local wastewater treatment plant meet the San Francisco Bay and the old Cargill Company salt evaporation ponds.

Sewage piped from urban Bay Area communities to water treatment plants along the Bay’s edges drain treated wastewater into Bay waters. Wastewater treatment plants filter out most toxic contaminants, but not the pharmaceuticals that many of us flush down our toilets – anything from antibiotics to antidepressants that are not completely absorbed by our bodies. Valuable drug compounds make it through treatment intact and collect in the Bay, where they are available to be re-harvested and re-used. We then turn around and sell it in cure-all salty solution that is for sale at festivals, online, and at organic street fairs.

There have a been several nice articles written on our recent project, Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt:
> TreeHugger
> BoingBoing
> Grist
> Good Magazine
> Make
> Miskeptics
and featured on Instructables with a lively debate;.)

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A Bright Idea

September 20, 2011

Coke BikeThis is a prototype for an electric generator to provide light. It is designed to turn benzoylmethylecgonine (cocaine) into electrical power using humans as a conduit. Its is a mindless type machine where the input is a serotonin–norepinephrine–dopamine re-uptake inhibitor (SNDRI) which is then processed by a human body and converted into energy. This energy is then applied to a crankest which transfers the energy into rotations of an induction motor. This generates 12 volts of power that passes through and DC to AC inverter converting it to alternating current. This AC current powers a fluorescent work light that enables the process to be repeated.


“A Bright Idea” is a part of a series of projects called drug machines. This is was exhibitied at Ditch Projects together with Jen Delos Reyes and Sara Rabinowitz  in September/October 2011.

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ReMarshing: Wasteland to Wetlands

August 08, 2011

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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Dead Record Office

June 19, 2011

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.

text from Courtenay Finn.

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…

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AUDiNT : The Dead Record Office

June 16, 2011

AUDiNT: Dead Record Office
June 17–July 23, 2011

Opening this Friday , June 17th, at Art In General.
79 Walker Street | New York, NY 10013

Art in General is pleased to present Dead Record Office, a New Commission project by AUDiNT. The researchers currently active within the AUDiNT research cell are Jon Cohrs(, Toby Heys( and Steve Goodman(, whose combined practices include music production and performance, sonic installation, academic research, and writing. For their first exhibition in New York, AUDiNT have produced a multi-sensory installation which brings together a number of their research techniques, softwares, sound systems, and archives for the first time; a culmination of decades worth of investigative analysis into the trans-historical orchestration of the soundscape.

In short, it’s a show about sonic warfare with several custom built tools that explores theories surrounding hauntology and the history of sound used as a tool for deceit.

We’ve written our own software that you can download to embed research and other sound files onto of bittorrents to use viral dynamics as an archive. GhostCoder

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The Martial Arts of Sonic Hauntology.

June 12, 2011

Monday June 13th, at Eyebeam Art + Tech Center, 540 West 21st, NY NY

This panel consisting of individual presentations and a group discussion will explore the intersection of sonic culture and the military-entertainment complex through the disembodied voices of secret communication devices, battlefield sonic deception and propaganda, acoustic weaponry, the physiology of inaudible vibration (unsound systems) and the encrypted, viral transmission channels of both analog and digital culture.
Presenters and organizers
Toby Heys (AUDiNT), Jon Cohrs (AUDiNT), Steve Goodman (AUDiNT), Dave Tompkins, Andy Battaglia.

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May 18, 2011

The De-Berlusconizer has launched a show removing further references of the Italian media hog.

From Domenico Quaranta :
“The DEberlusconiZER is proud to announce DE_ZER Vol. 3, the third of a series of exhibitions in which some contemporary artists are invited to give a new meaning to the informational space “liberated” from the unwieldy presence of the Italian Prime Minister. Every show includes three works by three different artists and lasts ten days, in an unprecedented adaptation of the codes of street art and public art to the online environment.
From May 16 to May 25, 2011, three works will alternate randomly into this public space: Offresi piazze italiane per aspiranti rivoluzionari, by Maddalena Fragnito; Your Face Here, by Les Liens Invisibles; and The bigger a man’s gun the smaller his doodlewick, by Jon Cohrs.”

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Screening of Spice Trade Expedition

March 29, 2011

There will be a 10 minute screening of a rough cut of the film at the Index Art Center in Newark, NJ
this Saturday, April 2nd, from 7-11pm for the opening of Video Village: New Media Expeditions
I’ll give an introductory presentation followed by a Q+A.

It’s a great group of artists including:
Orland Nutt (
Paula Pfoser (
Petra Cortright (
Stacia Yeapanis (
Alan Resnick (
Brenna Murphy (
Eva Engelbert(
Jon Rafman (
Lillian Gerson (h

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Article + Interview in We Make Money Not Art

There’s an interesting and thorough interview and article about the spice trade expedition in
we make money not art.

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Spice Trade Rough Videos.

March 20, 2011


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New site

March 16, 2011

I just finally updated my personal site, Its really nothing more then a list of links, but for once you can see my projects, and mastering work I do, a long with other things

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