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I just finally updated my personal site, joncohrs.com 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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Last week, I began a 4-month residency at Recology San Francisco (a.k.a. The Dump) where I make art solely from the refuse that people drop off in their cars and trucks. I am treating this residency as a performance.

I am playing the role of a prospector from the future who mines the garbage heaps of a past civilization to build technologies to survive. Trawling through construction debris, discarded electronics and the scraps of people’s lives, I am making blueprints and building imaginary devices such as a food synthesizer and an infinite battery.

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Test format for printed book:
Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) | dentures
Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) | dentures

 

In preparation for my upcoming residency at Recology San Francisco (a.k.a. The Dump), I have been consuming books and films about garbage management. Elizabeth Royte’s Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash is a perfect entry point for those that want to venture beyond compost culture and delve into the real story behind where human waste goes after exiting the home.
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For the Playing Duchamp project, I made custom 3D chess pieces to resemble Duchamp’s hard-carved originals.

The 3D-rendered versions (designed by Daisuke Imai):

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In the Playing Duchamp project, I have reprogrammed a chess computer to play like Marcel Duchamp, which anyone can play online.

 
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Quanta Resources Superfund, Bergen County, NJ

In 2007 Brooke Singer produced an online data visualization site, Superfund365 (www.superfund365.org), exhibited at Eyebeam in 2008 as part of the Feedback exhibition.  The project and web site highlighted a different Superfund site or the worst contaminated sites as designated by the EPA each day for a year. Currently she is working on a photography and book project drawing from that large online archive and her experiences visiting communities across the nation affected by Superfund. She is choosing which sites to photograph with her large format camera for a variety of reasons: the site has a fascinating history, a site’s stakeholders are in contention over its future use, a site’s history is exemplary of how places become contaminated or a site appears anything but toxic. Sometimes an eloquent user contribution to the online archive compels a visit.

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December 2010
 

I have just completed a new Turbulence Commission for a project called “Playing Duchamp,” where based on records of his chess games, I have programmed a chess computer to play like Marcel Duchamp. You can play Marcel Duchamp here.

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Gastro-Vision: Food and Technology in an Art Lab
November 26th, 2010
by Nicole Caruth

 
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