Art Uncovered

Premiere DateMay 5, 2015
00:00 Intro
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02:01 Industrial Design to Art
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04:36 Artificial Minerals
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10:24 The Mine
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11:52 Sterile
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15:03 Ranchu
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18:19 Goldfish Machine
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20:41 Absurdity
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23:40 Encountering
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27:05 The Quiet
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31:58 Complicity
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36:15 Finish
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Sterile, Albino goldfish engineered without reproductive organs

Artist Tuur Van Balen is interested in the grey areas between art and science, biology and technology, mass production and the natural world. Along with his collaborator Revital Cohen, Tuur creates objects, installations, and performances that heighten our awareness of the complex processes that create our modern world.

Some of Tuur and Revital’s project’s include a machine that produces sterile albino goldfish, an artificial mineral reverse-engineered from the rare earth elements found in consumer electronics, and a consumer object designed to choreograph a dance for the workers who assemble it.

In addition to exhibiting internationally, Tuur and Revital’s work  is part of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art, and in 2014 they won a first place at the VIDA Art and Artificial Life Awards for the piece Pigeon d’Or, a work involving  pigeons that  poop soap.

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Tuur Van Balen about some of his projects and his views on the intersections of art, biology, and technology.

Sensei Ichi-Go, A machine for producing goldfish

H / AlCuTaAu (Aluminium, copper, gold, tantalum, whetstone), artificial mineral reconstructed from taken from machinery and computers that were sourced from abankrupt factory

The Immortal, life support machines connected to each other in an attempt to mimic the processes of a biological structure

75 Watt, In this project, the white, industrially made object’s only function is to choreograph a dance performed by the laborers manufacturing it.

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