College of Arts and Letters, Career Development, Performing & Visual Arts, Talks & Lectures
25 Feb 2020
Gateway South - Room 122

Meet the Artist: Jon Cohrs

Visual Arts & Technology Lecture Series

Reads: The College of Arts and Letters - Visual Arts Technology

Who's the artist? 

Jon Cohrs is a visual artist and audio engineer whose work uses public engagement, collaboration and site-specific explorations to address issues around healthcare, the environment and technology. His most recent project, BACK WATER, is a documentary film about the anthropocene, in which a group of people forges the New Jersey Meadowlands by canoe, exploring a strange landscape that tells the story of a civilization’s new frontier.

As an audio engineer, Cohrs founded Bear Call Mastering, a mastering and post-production sound studio based in Kingston, NY. Previously he founded Spleenless Mastering in Portland, Oregon and Brooklyn, NY. He has worked with artists such as Rirkrit Tiravanija, Tony Conrad, Cory Arcangel, Tara Jane O’Neil and Laurie Anderson. Cohrs has also mastered the soundtrack for the Oscar-nominated film, ‘Nebraska.’

As a fellow at Eyebeam, Cohrs created OMG TV; an analog TV station that went live during the digital transition when television stations turned off analog transmission. OMG TV was used as a reference in a Supreme Court amicus brief on creativity and copyright. In 2011, he created Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt. The medicinal “cure-all salt” is created from effluent wastewater and is an aggregate of the pharmaceuticals Americans are taking to heal themselves.

His work has been shown at Ars Electronica, FutureEverything, 2010 Vancouver Olympics, The Total Museum Korea, Art in General, Eyebeam among others. He’s received grants from NYSCA, Media Arts Assistance Fund, Mellon Grant, Experimental Televisions Center, FEAST, Future Everything and fellowships from Eyebeam, NYFA, and the Banff Centre for the Arts, in addition to numerous residencies throughout the US and Europe.

He is currently a lecturer of media art at SUNY Purchase College. Previously, he has lectured at Parsons School for Design, Pratt Institute, NYU ITP, RPI, and Finish Academy of Fine Art (KUVA).

What's the Visual Arts and Technology Lecture Series?

In this series, Stevens students have the unique opportunity to meet successful artists from across New York and New Jersey metropolitan area. Everyone from Stevens is invited to come and find about what it means to be a working artist in this day and age. This series is just one exciting portion of Stevens' visual arts and technology program. 

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