This is just a news update of sorts; since I posted last, the rains have gotten worse, our place is leaking badly in New York, but more to the point, Wilkes-Barre/Kingston, where my father lived, is now under mandatory evacuation orders. We were going to go down this morning to deal with his effects, and for the funeral, and all this is cancelled; my brother and sister-in-law are there (in Kingston at the house) and have to leave; they're not sure where they're going to go, and are trying to save the house. So again in a sense 'reality intrudes' on various (theoretical, virtual) orders of pain, in this case primarily psychological/emotional.

Fifty-thousand people are being evacuated. The roads won't hold them.

How does this effect the residency? Not directly, but through the concept of writing through the disaster, taking off from Blanchot... More later.

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I've been thinking about my projects for Eyebeam during the residency period. I tend to work, not on specific objects or processes, but on fields, series or collections of images, videos, audioworks, objects, nothing with beginnings and nothing with endings. I walked around Eyebeam photographing as many spaces as I could. I haven't sounded it out yet; I'll do that at night with the vibration meter and mizmar (an Egyptian oboe). I want to work with sound in the space, reproduce spaces in Second Life, project them back. I want to record VLF radio - very low frequency from around 3 hz to 3k hz, and study the spikes produced by the magnetosphere and particle decays. I need fast software for this; Marko and Roddy and Jon Chors have been very helpful. I have to advertise for interns to help with this, if it's at all possible.


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

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

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

The Urban Wilderness Action Center (UWAC) is a project initiated by Jon Cohrs, in collaboration with the Eyebeam Student Residents (New York), Stephanie Pereira, and UK-based artist Kai-Oi Jay Yung (UK). The UWAC project includes a web platform and a day of action where people from NYC, Berlin, and London will design and disseminate guerrilla gardening projects.

UWAC DAY is Saturday, March 20. Each of four lead cities will host a day of free artist-led interventions that respond to urban wilderness. We will document the day through a live Twitter, Flickr, and video feed streamed through the UWAC website.

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Copenhagen dedicated €5.4million and outlined a design competition to build a Healthcare Centre for cancer patients in the city to be run in collaboration with the Danish Cancer Society. NORD Architects have just been announced as the winners with a design that utilises, space, natural light and outdoor gardens to encourage a positive mind.



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Vaughn Bell, a Seattle-based artist, created these biosphere boxes suspended from the ceiling. The artist had a box up at Bumbershoot, in Seattle, that I saw in-person. It feels like a different world when you stick your head in, especially in the two-person. He calls the installation “Village Green”. More from inhabitat.

People: Jon Cohrs
Research: Open Culture
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Banksy, brings us his take on the future of meat from within the quiet setting of a Pet Store/ Grill.

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