Fascinating, mesmerizing, horrifying. Art and health coming together.
By Cohen Van Balen
“The Immortal investigates human dependence on electronics, the desire to make machines replicate organisms and our perception of anatomy as reflected by biomedical engineering.
A web of tubes and electric cords are interwoven in closed circuits through a Heart-Lung Machine, Dialysis Machine, an Infant Incubator, a Mechanical Ventilator and an Intraoperative Cell Salvage Machine. The organ replacement machines operate in orchestrated loops, keeping each other alive through circulation of electrical impulses, oxygen and artificial blood.”
Cohen Van Balen is a London based experimental practice, created by Cohen and Tuur Van Balen. They operate on the border between art and design. They produce fictional objects, photographs and videos exploring the juxtaposition of the natural with the artificial.