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Here’s part of an older video from swiss artists Fischli + Weisse. A rat and a bear wander through glaciers stumbling through the country side and learn to make music. It’s possibly some 1970′s psychedelic folklore.

 
People: Jon Cohrs
Research: Open Culture
Tags: project, video


Jerko, the Water Vaccuum is a converted house boat that is outfitted with a floating wetland to clean the toxic gowanus canal which was recently designed as a super fund site.

from Columbia Water Center:
According to the EPA, the Gowanus Canal was “the repository of untreated industrial wastes, raw sewage, and surface water runoff for decades, causing it to become one of New York’s most polluted waterways” and that

 
People: Jon Cohrs
Research: Open Culture
Tags: articles, photos


Last weekend I heard Agnes Denes talk the Creative Time Summit, on her project Wheatfield — A Confrontation (1982). It’s really a classic project but one that I hadn’t heard of. Quite simply she pulled off the unimaginable, she planted and harvested a two-acre wheat field on a landfill in lower Manhattan blocks away from the financial district. The photos of the project are stunning as is the determination and follow through to see it harvest and planted by hand.

 
People: Jon Cohrs
Research: Open Culture
Tags: photos, project


Saving turtle nests from the Gulf Oil Spill was beyond the scope of any federal or local agency so they solicited the help of “turtle people”. Jon Mooallem, from the NYtimes, dives into the story and characters behind one of the largest rescue and environmental relocation projects attempted, all with the help of UPS and NASA.
from nytimes magazine.

 
People: Jon Cohrs
Research: Open Culture
Tags: articles


Christine Nadir + Cary Peppermint just launched a new Android App to explore urban wilderness in a mobile app the guides you to ” direct you to a series of Scenic Vistas, where you will have the opportunity to contemplate nature or wildness in a globalized, urban space and the overlapping terrains of psychological and environmental ecologies. At each Scenic Vista you are encouraged (1) to take 30 mindful breaths or a 5-minute break, and (2) after this meditative moment, capture and upload an image of your ecological experience to the IH website with your Smartphone.”

 
People: Jon Cohrs
Research: Open Culture
Tags: project

This is the paste that is half way through the process of turning chickens into chicken nuggets.

“Basically, the entire chicken is smashed and pressed through a sieve—bones, eyes, guts, and all. it comes out looking like this.

 
People: Jon Cohrs
Research: Open Culture
Tags: articles, photos

Jacob Ciocci, Jeff Crouse and I are presenting our video based work, followed by a good discussion on open culture at the Open Video Conference on Saturday October 2nd at 4:45. Stop by if you’re interested.
http://www.openvideoconference.org/

 
People: Jon Cohrs
Research: Open Culture
Tags: presentation

Morgan Levy and I just launched our new project, Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt at 01SJ Biennial.
It’s a unique low-dosage cocktail of our most commonly used drugs, all brought together in one simple salty remedy! All-Salt.com

 
People: Jon Cohrs
Research: Open Culture
Tags: art

The Urban Prospector is being shown at ARS Electronica in Linz, Austria. Its part of of the Raise Your Voice Exhibit in the new ARS Electronica Center from July 30th to September 26th, 2010 + at the ARS Electronica Festival from September 2nd -11th, 2010.

 
People: Jon Cohrs
Research: Open Culture
Tags: exhibit

On July 1st, I moved back to NYC. After spending a year living the quiet coffee + art centric Berlin, I moved back to New York for a year long fellowship at Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology in Chelsea.

This is a great opportunity to keep working on some unfinished projects and start some new ones. In September, I’ll be in San Jose for the Zero1 festival working on a project together with Morgan Levy to make Happy Salt; salt with antidepressants.

 
People: Jon Cohrs
Research: Open Culture
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