Wednesday 13 May 2009 - Saturday 23 May 2009
World Premiere & Futuresonic Commission
Winner of a Futuresonic 2009 Art Award Commission.
Artist Jon Cohrs has created a device for striking it rich by prospecting for oil in the city centre. Using old metal detectors, hydrocarbon sensors, locative media, and hype, this project combines a DIY aesthetic, basic accessible electronics, and pop culture to re-invigorate urban exploration and prospecting. Riding on the coat tails of the current subculture of prospecting and the historical precedent of the Gold Rush, the aim is to encourage a tongue-in-cheek urban oil rush. Instructions how to make the device will be made available online, and news of oil strikes in cities around the world projected as a Twitter feed in the gallery space. The device is both a real technological accomplishment, and an artistic 'conceptual object' which challenges us to reassess our greed and dependence on oil. Join the oil rush by signing up to go prospecting in Manchester.
Free. Sessions last 1 hour.
Friday 15 May: 1pm, 2pm, 6pm
Saturday 16 May: 1pm
Online registration closed - just turn up!
Jon Cohrs is a visual artist and recording engineer (Spleenless Mastering) whose work has focused on exploring technology and how it can foster connections that invoke a sense of nurturing and growth. His recent website, ANewF*ckingWilderness.com and his documentary The Door to Red Hook: Backpacking through Brooklyn, have both helped to establish this dialogue. His recent residencies, installations, and performances at I-Park, Banff New Media Institute and Eyebeam Atelier have further explore these ideas with a projects that blur the line between technology and the environment in a performative manner.
He is currently an artist in residence at Eyebeam Atelier in Chelsea, NYC, where he's working on a pirate TV station that page scrapes the internet for code curated content. When analogue broadcasts go dead this station will go live.