September 3, 2011- October 1, 2011 at DITCH
Hours: 12 noon – 5 PM Saturday
Opening Reception: September 3, 2011 - 7PM

DITCH PROJECTS invites you to celebrate 3 new projects and 3 distinct strategies by 3 socially engaged artists.

Jon Cohrs: Drug Machines
Jen Delos Reyes: School of the Air: Band Class
Sara Rabinowitz: Refuge(e)

Jon Cohrs is a recording engineer and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Often employing humor and absurdity, his work uses public engagement and site-specific interventions to address global issues. Recently, he created OMG I’m on .TV; an analog Pirate TV station that filled the void left behind by the digital transition. OMG TV was used as a reference in a Supreme Court amicus brief on creativity and copyright.†Currently, he is a fellow at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center working on creating boutique salt containing antidepressants from local water called Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt, a book on urban wilderness, and researching sonic weapons in collaboration with Audint. Jon teaches at Parsons, The New School for Design.

Jon’s project for Ditch, Drug Machines, is a research project intended to repurpose popular drugs for more than just personal consumption.

Jen Delos Reyes is an artist originally from Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Her research interests include the history of socially engaged art, group work, band dynamics, music, and artists’ social roles. She has received numerous grants and awards including a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant. Jen is the founder and director of Open Engagement, a conference on socially engaged art practice. Jen speaks widely on Art and Social Practice at conferences and institutions around the world. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Portland State University where she co-directs the Art and Social Practice MFA program.

Jen’s project for Ditch, School of the Air: Band Class, is a four-week class focused on group music. School of the Air Band Class is a weekly broadcast focused on exploring music, social implications, collaboration, and group dynamics. Each broadcast is approximately 30 minutes in length. These weekly broadcasts will look at group singing and social music and will cover songs of Work and Play, Union and Protest, Choirs and Accapella and in the last week focusing on bands and groups. Through recordings, readings, and activities listeners can engage in a full exploration of social music.† Weekly assignments will be given on the air that will encourage you to gather together a group to engage in these musical forms.

Sara Rabinowitz is a cultural worker whose practice is shaped by collaboration. Her work encourages new relations to emerge through interactive furniture, installations, events, and performances. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and her Master of Fine Arts in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This past summer Sara participated in an art and life workshop with ARTWAY OF THINKING from Venice, Italy. In addition to the show at Ditch Projects Sara will be working on a large-scale installation with Wolfgang Laib and researching on the Great Basin through the LA PLAYA residency program this fall.

For Ditch Projects Sara will be working on three projects mining the visual and cultural “everyday” of Eugene, Oregon. Sara will negotiate the rights to a new HOBO type family. By mediating found textiles she will create a line of repeated psychedelic wallpaper. She will also show the efforts of her research through explorations of historic portable architecture in her search for a new off the grid proposal.