Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen run a London based
experimental practice operating on the border between art and
design. Inspired by designer species, composed wilderness and
mechanical organs, they produce fictional objects, photographs
and videos exploring the juxtaposition of the natural with the
artificial. They often involve bioethicists, animal breeders
and other scientists in the development of the work in order
to push the boundaries of material and process.
graduating from the Design Interactions department at the
Royal College of Art in 2008, they have been exhibiting and
lecturing internationally. Recent exhibitions and talks took
place at MoMa, Tate Britain, National Museum of China,
Cooper-Hewitt, Z33 House for Contemporary Art, London Design
Museum, FACT, V2 Institute for Unstable Media, Natural History
Museum of Vienna and Design Indaba, amongst others.
Van Balen are the recipients of several awards and
commissions, including the Science Museum's Emerging Artist
Commission, two Wellcome Trust Arts Awards and an Award of
Distinction at Prix Ars Electronica.