Future 50: Cohen Van Balen 01.08.13

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From organ replacement machines to a recipe for controlling melancholy using leeches and blood mousse, Cohen Van Balen explores the tensions between biology and technology. "Through re-appropriating processes, systems, and organisms, we create works that question the context in which these materials and processes operate," says Revital Cohen, who founded the studio with Tuur Van Balen. They are inspired by "designer species, composed wilderness and mechanical organs" and set out to create "post-human bodies, bespoke metabolisms, unnatural animals and poetic machines" in the form of objects, photographs, performances and videos. "We don't design for commercial production," Cohen says. "We believe the value of our work is in the ideas." The firm is researching a project for the Lisbon Triennale that explores the design of plants as a platform for experimentation. Like all their work, says Cohen, it is an attempt to "redefine our perception of material culture [in relation to] digital and bio-technologies".

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