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Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen:

Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen: "Sterile"
Photo: © Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen

Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen:

Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen: "Sterile"
Photo: © Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen

Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen:

Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen: "Sterile"
Photo: © Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen

Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen:

Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen: "Sterile"
Photo: © Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen

Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen

assemble | standard | minimal

Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen

assemble | standard | minimal

Duration:

January 23 – May 03, 2015

Exhibition opening:

Thursday, 22. January 2015, 7–9 p.m.

Opening hours:

Thursday through Monday, 1–7 p.m

Venue:

Schering Stiftung
Unter den Linden 32
10117 Berlin


assemble | standard | minimal is the first solo show of the London-based artists Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen in Germany, presented by Schering Stiftung and The Arts Catalyst, and curated by Jens Hauser. The exhibition will show five main works by the artists including two new productions: For Sterile, albino goldfish are engineered to hatch without reproductive organs, they are not conceived as animals but made as objects. An edition of 45 goldfish was produced for the artists by Professor Etsuro Yamaha in his laboratory in Hokkaido, Japan. Sensei Ichi-gō is a machine capable of producing sterile goldfish in an automated reenactment of Yamaha’s movements and actions.

The exhibition reflects on our times of industrial processes and highly standardized technologies. Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen translate the automated production and trade – of living beings as well as of commercial products – into performative installations, provocative objects, and subtly aestheticized documentary films.

The film Kingyo Kingdom follows the stages through which Japanese goldfish function as objects. An amateur breeder walks through the house he designed and built for goldfish breeding. At a wholesale goldfish market, traders sort and pack the orders of the day, processing boxes of goldfish for shipping. In the annual national goldfish competition, professional breeders and judges discuss the design criteria of a winner fish, the ideal features and the core guidelines: a physique far removed from that of its carp ancestors.

In 75 Watt Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen designed a product to be made in China. The object’s only function is to choreograph a dance performed by the labourers manufacturing it. The title refers to a handbook for mechanical engineers claiming that “A labourer over the course of an 8-hour day can sustain an average output of about 75 watts.”

Pigeon d’Or consists of a series of interventions that bring together synthetic biologists and pigeon fanciers in pursuit of making pigeons defecate soap. Bacteria that can modify the metabolism of pigeons have been developed with the help of biochemist James Chappell. The BioBrick, the DNA code required for creating these bacteria, is freely accessible from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. The visitor is invited to take away a print of this BioBrick in the exhibition.

At the press preview, the artists will give a personal tour of the exhibition followed by a talk with the exhibition’s curator Jens Hauser (in English). The opening includes a welcome by Stefan H. E. Kaufmann, chairman of the Schering Stiftung and managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, and an introduction by Jens Hauser from the University of Copenhagen (both in German).

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Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen

Exhibition Opening "assemble | standard | minimal" on January 22, 2015

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Opening Introduction Jens Hauser

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Partners 

An exhibition in cooperation with The Arts Catalyst, London, and transmediale 2015 CAPTURE ALL, supported by the Daiwa Foundation and part of the European Commission FP7 funded project KiiCS.

Profile 

Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen run a London based experimental practice that produces objects, photographs, performances and videos exploring the tensions between biology and technology. Through re-appropriating processes, systems and organisms Cohen and Van Balen create work that questions the context in which these materials and processes operate. Inspired by designer species, composed wilderness and mechanical organs, they set out to create posthuman bodies, bespoke metabolisms, unnatural animals and poetic machines.
Recent exhibitions and talks took place at the MoMa, Tate Britain, National Museum of China, John Hansard Gallery based at the University of Southampton's Highfield campus, FACT, Dutch Electronic Arts Festival, Arts Catalyst amongst others. Awards include Tokyo TDC Annual Awards 2013, First prize at VIDA Art & Artificial Life Awards, the Science Museum's Emerging Artist Commission, Wellcome Trust Arts Awards and an award of distinction at Prix Ars Electronica.
www.cohenvanbalen.com

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