Goethe-Institut London Fri 9 Dec 2022, 7pm Free

An evening with artists Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen to celebrate the publication of their book, Not What I Meant But Anyway (Columbia University Press, 2022). Presented in collaboration with Goethe-Institut London, the event features a close look into the artists’ practice and a conversation with curator Lucia Pietroiusti.

From genetically engineering sterile goldfish to choreographing a factory assembly line, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen’s work is performed within particular networks. These networks – whether they connect raw materials, mythic conditions, animal genetics, constructions of uncertainty, or colonial inheritances – offer a point of departure for the artists, from which they explore friction, entanglement, porousness, reflection, and self-implication.

Not What I Meant But Anyway reveals the methods behind Cohen & Van Balen’s work and process, and prioritises the documentation of long and multidimensional research and production over eventual outcomes. Collating conversations between the artists on living and working together alongside the ephemera they have generated and a series of reflections from external contributors, the book hints at the intimacies and estrangements at the heart of Cohen & Van Balen’s shared practice. It includes contributions from Daisy Hildyard, Andrés Jaque, Lucia Pietroiusti, and Xiaoyu Weng.


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