REVITAL COHEN & TUUR VAN BALEN

The Immortal
A number of life-support machines are connected to each other, circulating liquids and air in attempt to mimic a biological structure.
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.
Salted water acts as blood replacement: throughout the artificial circulatory system minerals are added and filtered out again, the blood gets oxygenated via contact with the oxygen cycle, and an ECG device monitors the system’s heartbeat. As the fluid pumps around the room in a meditative pulse, the sound of mechanical breath and slow humming of motors resonates in the body through a comforting yet disquieting soundscape.Life support machines are extraordinary devices; computers designed to activate our bodies when anatomy fails, hidden away in hospital wards. Although they are designed as the ultimate utilitarian appliances, they are extremely meaningful and carry a complex social, cultural and ethical subtext. While life prolonging technologies are invented as emergency measures to combat or delay death, my interest lies in considering these devices as a human enhancement strategy.This work is a continuation of my investigation of the patient as a cyborg, questioning the relationship between medicine and techno- fantasies about mechanical bodies, hyper abilities and posthumanism.

Robertina Sebjanic

Neotenous dark dwellers
Lygophilia
Lygophilia weaves together mythologies and sciences, history and future, fears and desires, continents, cultures, humans and non-humans. Lygophilia folds and unfolds the stories carried by those fascinating creatures that are the Mexican Axolotl and the Slovene Proteus.
From immortality to regenerative medicine — both animals are, as adults, in a state of “eternal youth” (neoteny) showing extraordinary longevity and regenerative abilities that put them at the centre of ancient myths as well as current cutting-edge scientific researches.

Guda Koster

Just married
Guda Koster est une sculpteure, performeuse et photographe néerlandaise. Son travail se caractérise par l’usage de couleurs vives, de vêtements aux motifs graphiques qu’elle met en scène dans ce qu’elle appelle des sculptures vivantes qu’elle immortalise en photos.

SPENCER TUNICK

斯宾塞图尼克
سبنسر تونيك
ספנסר טוניק
スペンサーチュニック
СПЕНСЕР ТУНИК
Spencer Tunick, è un artista provocatorio e controverso, noto per le sue fotografie di grandi gruppi di persone nude disposte in formazioni artistiche, spesso in zone urbane[…] Con gli anni il fotografo Dopo aver realizzato foto di nudi in diversi stati americani nell’ambito di un progetto chiamato “’Naked States”, ha iniziato a viaggiare per il mondo immortalando diverse città quali Londra, Lione, Melbourne, Montreal, Caracas, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Newcastle, Roma e Vienna.

Mella Jaarsma

The Carrier
Mella Jaarsma’s wearable sculpture The Carrier addresses the fleeting nature of all living things, especially the temporality of humans and their urgent need to escape their current situation or move from place to place. She notes how the human condition of gathering experiences without knowing why, collecting possessions, and fearing death while longing for immortality impacts every living human being. We live in a world in which people are on the move as travelers, vacationers, explorers, and even migrants fleeing the oppressors of their beloved homelands.

Wim Wenders

לזכות ונדרס
ヴェンダースに勝つ
벤더스 승리
ВЫИГРАТЬ ВЕНДЕРС
Wings of Desire
cinema

Wings of Desire is one of cinema’s loveliest city symphonies. Bruno Ganz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts—fears, hopes, dreams—of all the people living below. But when he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, he is willing to give up his immortality and come back to earth to be with her. Made not long before the fall of the Berlin wall, this stunning tapestry of sounds and images, shot in black and white and color by the legendary Henri Alekan, is movie poetry. And it forever made the name Wim Wenders synonymous with film art.

Diemut Strebe

Sugababe
Sugababe is a living replica of Vincent van Gogh’s ear, grown from tissue engineered cartilage. It is composed of living immortalized van Gogh cells from a male descendant, containing natural genetic information about Vincent as well as genetically engineered components amongst using genome editing CRISPRCas9 technique, and most recent bioprinting technology.

Jean Cocteau

جان كوكتو
让·科克托
ז’אן קוקטו
ジャン·コクトー
장 콕토
ЖАН КОКТО
Orphée
“The three basic themes of Orphée are:1-The successive deaths through which a poet must pass before he becomes, in that admirable line from Mallarmé, tel qu’en lui-même enfin l’éternité le change—changed into himself at last by eternity.2-The theme of immortality: the person who represents Orphée’s Death sacrifices herself and abolishes herself to make the poet immortal.3-Mirrors: we watch ourselves grow old in mirrors. They bring us closer to death.

YVES MARCHAND & ROMAIN MEFFRE

Ruins of capitalism
Autrefois une métropole florissante, au cœur du monde industrialisé, Détroit était un exemple de la manière de réaliser le rêve américain. Aujourd’hui, la magnificence qui caractérisait autrefois cette ville demeure sous la forme de ses bâtiments abandonnés. Au cours des cinq dernières années, un projet a été en vigueur pour préserver et immortaliser les bâtiments comme preuve de la magnificence de son passé.