Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen

Spit on the Carpet

Series: Artists' Talks with Parveen Adams
Date: Friday 25 October 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen explore processes of production as cultural, personal and political practices. 

In 75 Watt they produced an object in China that has no function besides choreographing the movements of the labourers assembling it. In Sterile they worked with a Japanese biologist to engineer a goldfish with no reproductive organs. Trapped in the Dream of the Other considered the Congolese soil as the site in which Western industrial desires are actualised. Their current project Nearly Winning looks at gambling as the contemporary condition.

They have shown work at the Renaissance Society in Chicago; Serpentine Cinema, London; Fotomuseum Winterthur; Para Site Hong Kong; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Vienna; HKW in Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Congo International Film Festival. Their work is part of the permanent collections of MoMA, New York and M+ Museum in Hong Kong. They work and live in London.

Image Caption: Trapped in the Dream of the Other, 2017, Production still 

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