Revital Cohen & Tuur van Balen — Avant Tout, Discipline — Eindhoven, Netherlands — 14 JUL 2017 | 8pm
MU Eindhoven, Torenallee 40-06, 5617 BD Eindhoven
It’s the holiday season of the year 2000 and millions of Americans are still waiting for their Playstation 2, a video game console launched earlier that year. Its manufacturer Sony tells consumers that ‘manufacturing issues’ are the reason behind the delay, but the real reason is the drastic rise in the price of coltan, a dull black metallic ore from which the elements niobium and tantalum are extracted. Tantalum from coltan is used in almost any electronic product and most of the world’s supply comes from East Congo, a region trapped in a spiral of conflict and violence. Although the mineral is not the root cause of the conflict, its mining and trading play a central role in funding warring parties; invisible from a distance, invisible thanks to distance. In Avant Tout, Discipline, in MU Eindhoven from 14 JUL to 17 SEP, artist duo Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen present their recent work connecting minerals and megabytes, production and consumption, the soil and the cloud.