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Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen’s work is occupied with broad meanings of material and production. They work across objects, installation, video and photography to explore the idea of manufacturing as a cultural, ethical and political process.

Their practice experiments with the use of design as an artistic medium, drawing on tensions between biology and technology. Inspired by the idea of the technological material, they create artificial minerals, unnatural animals and poetic machines.

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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014

JMO, Jerwood Space, London

An Opera of Labour & Revolution, Kasa Galeri Istanbul

Open Space, ICC, Tokyo

The Progress Trap, New Institute, Rotterdam

Urban Choreography, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

2013

Time & Motion, FACT, Liverpool

Dear Diary:Update All, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase

Dissident Futures, Yerba Buena Center, SF

Bunny Smash, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Transitio 05, CENART, Mexico City

Future Perfect, Electricity Museum, Lisbon

SA2013, The Central House of Artists, Moscow

Radical Fiction, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo

Artefact, STUK, Leuven

Transformism, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

2012

Born out of Necessity, MoMA, New York

Speculative Realities, Roodkapje, Rotterdam

Soft Control, Kibla, Maribor

Superhuman, Wellcome Collection, London

Dutch Electronic Art Festival, Rotterdam

2011

What If? National Museum of China, Beijing

Talk To Me, MoMA, New York

Prix Ars Electronica, Linz

Alter Nature: The Unnatural Animal, Z33, Hasselt

Synth-Ethic, Natural History Museum, Vienna,

Abandon Normal Devices Festival, Liverpool

Human Plus, Science Gallery, Dublin

2010

Why Design Now? Cooper-Hewitt Museum, NY

Impact!, Royal College of Art, London

Further Instructions, The Arts Catalyst, London

The Imaginarium, Uferhallen, Berlin

Repair, Festival Ars Electronica, Linz

Meta.Morf, Trondheim

Prediction + Demain #3, Saint Etienne

Designed Disorder, CUBE gallery, Manchester

Feel Home, CC Strombeek, Brussels

2009

Protofarm 2050, Suntec, Singapore

What If? Science Gallery, Dublin

ISEA, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast

Boer Zoekt Stijl, Designhuis, Eindhoven

Designs of the Year, The Design Museum, London




SELECTED TALKS

2014

Open Salon, ICC, Tokyo

Artist talk, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

2013

Gravity, Sheffield Hallam University

Current Values, TENT, Rotterdam

Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Working Title Platform, Brussels

Bartlett Nexus, London

Universität der Künste, Berlin

Real Fiction, Die Angewandte, Vienna

TDC day, Joshibi University, Tokyo

Resonate, Belgrade

2012

BE OPEN Forum, Design Miami

Soft Control, Portal, Maribor

metaPhorest, Waseda University, Tokyo

CAI2, Sapporo

Red Tape, RCA, London

2011

Talk To Me Symposium, MoMA, NY

BIDT , Tsinghua University, Beijing

Next Nature Visual Power Show, Amsterdam

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences

Young London, The Gopher Hole

A-Z Lecture, Z33, Hasselt

2010

Borderlands, OK Talk, London

Design Indaba, Cape Town

Research Methods Design Symposium, RCA

2009

Iscid World Design Congress, Singapore

Eye Of The Storm, Tate Britain, London

Science And The Nation, E:vent Gallery, London

1+1=3 Conference, CSM College, London

Speculative Storytelling Night, RCA, London

2008

Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster
University

Designing Debate, Battle of Ideas, London

Human Futures Symposium, FACT, Liverpool

COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Science Museum, London

 

PUBLICATIONS

Speculative Everything
Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby
MIT Press 2014

Bio Design: Nature Science Creativity
William Myers & Paola Antonelli
Thames & Hudson 2012

MoMA Design Series: British Design
Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Five Continents Editions 2010

Design in Britain: Big Ideas (small Island)
Deyan Sudjic
Conran Octopus Ltd 2009

Human Futures: Art in the Age of Uncertainty
Andy Miah, Liverpool University Press 2008

 

AWARDS

Jerwood Makers Open 2014

RGB Prize, TDC Tokyo

First Prize, VIDA 14.0 Art and Artificial Life International Award

Wellcome Trust Arts Awards 2009, 2011, 2013

Award of Distinction, Prix Ars Electronica

Science Museum Emerging Artist Commission

CABE Award + FactoryDesign Award,
Design For Our Future Selves, Royal College of Art