Opening Avant Tout, Discipline - Revital Cohen & Tuur van Balen
Avant Tout, Discipline
New and recent work by Revital Cohen & Tuur van Balen

A sentence, written on the wall of a wooden shack housing the secret service office in a mining town in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Discipline Before Anything Else. Discipline may sound unconnected in mineral-rich South Kivu with all its self-declared authorities, bribery and shady trading. But if you take some more distance, you’ll see hundreds of miners hacking away at the earth, labouring to collect coltan and cassiterite. You see how the minerals find their way to processing plants and electronics factories in China. Observe how the smartphones and laptops end up in the hands of billions of people world-wide. Through the components in our devices Congo connects us, makes us part of a 24/7 rhythm of work and play—we’re plugged in, complicit, disciplined by consumption.

Avant Tout, Discipline, in MU from 14 July to 17 September presents recent works by Revital Cohen and Tuur van Balen, including the premiere of their latest film Trapped in the Dream of the Other. Through various projects, Cohen and Van Balen place themselves in the middle of production processes; tracing the minerals up and down supply lines they insert their work in the chain of events and turn global networks into art.

On show
14 July – 17 September 2017

Friday 14 july from 20:00
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