Lisson Gallery

Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen speak on 'Matter as Actor'

2 May 2023

Artist duo Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen discuss their work, B/NdAlTaAu, (2015) which reverses the manufacture of hard drives, mining these devices for their natural, precious metals (as listed in the title: neodymium, aluminium, gold and tantalum), in order to create a new, manmade mineral. Cohen and Van Balen work across film, installation and objects, examining the disconnect between man and technology, through the combination of natural and manmade materials, they reimagine production and assembly lines, reminding us of the globalised infrastructures that facilitate society. Their work traces processes of production in a cultural, social and political sense; looking at geopolitical, geological and biological aspects within the manufacturing industry and creating circumstances which engage the viewer to ask themselves how they feel about such processes and industries.

'Matter as Actor' continues in London until 24 June 2023

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