Jon Cohrs is a visual artist and director based in Brooklyn, NY. His work often uses public engagement, collaboration and site-specific explorations to address global issues. Recently, he 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 together with UC Berkeley water researcher Morgan Levy. The medicinal all-salt is created from effluent wastewater that is distilled down to salt along with pharmaceuticals contained within the water supply. Recently he premiered his feature film ‘Back Water’ about the New Jersey Meadowlands and the anthropocene at the Vision Du Reel Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland in April 2015.
He has taught both MFA and BFA students at Parsons, Pratt Institute, NYU, SUNY Purchase, and Finish Academy of Fine Art. He has also received grants from New York State Council of the Arts Artist Grant, Media Arts Assistance Fund, Mellon Grant, Experimental Televisions Center, FEAST, Future Everything and fellowships from Eyebeam, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Banff Centre for the Arts in addition to numerous residencies throughout the US and Europe. As an audio engineer he recently mastered the soundtrack for the Oscar nominated film, ‘Nebraska’ and ‘My Old Lady’ by the playwright Israel Horovitz.
His work has been shown at Ars Electronica, FutureEverything, 2010 Vancouver Olympics, The Total Museum Korea, Art in General, Eyebeam and discussed in numerous publications such as NY Times, Deutsche Welle, Neural Magazine, Make Magazine, Furtherfield, We Make Money Not Art, PSFK, and Gizmodo among others.