Tuur van Balen

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Design
Department Design
Email tuur.vanbalen (@gold.ac.uk)
Tuur van Balen
Outside his teaching at Goldsmiths, Van Balen makes up half of the artist duo Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen. Their practice explores processes of production as cultural, social and political practices; following geopolitical, geological and biological strains within the manufactured landscape to make objects that question the context of their own becoming. 
Cohen and Van Balen both graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2008. Recent exhibitions took place at Para Site in Hong Kong, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco, Ernst Schering Foundation and HKW in Berlin and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Recent screenings and talks include the ICA and Tate Britain in London, TENT Rotterdam, Congo International Film Festival in Goma and Cenart Mexico City. Their work is part of the permanent collections of the MoMA, New York and M+ Museum in Hong Kong. 

Publications and research outputs


Van Balen, Tuur; Cohen, Revital and Li, Christina. 2020. Palms Palms Palms. In: "Palms Palms Palms", Hasselt, Belgium, 4 October 2020 - 31 January 2021.

Van Balen, Tuur and Cohen, Revital. 2019. Luna Eclipse, Oasis Dream. In: "Luna Eclipse, Oasis Dream", Stanley Picker Gallery, United Kingdom, 2 May - 13 July 2019.


Van Balen, Tuur and Cohen, Revital. 2016. Take a Good Lamp. Cultural Politics, 12(3), pp. 332-338. ISSN 1743-2197

Art Object

Van Balen, Tuur and Cohen, Revital. 2017. Every Increased Possession Loads Us with New Weariness.

Van Balen, Tuur and Cohen, Revital. 2013. 75 Watt.

Artist's Book

Van Balen, Tuur and Cohen, Revital. 2022. Not What I Meant But Anyway.

Book Section

Cohen, Revital and Van Balen, Tuur. 2019. Particles (an epilogue)/ Epilogue (a particle). In: Karsten Lund, ed. Unthought Environments. Chicago: Renaissance Society, pp. 144-157. ISBN 9780941548755

Van Balen, Tuur and Cohen, Revital. 2018. Synthetic Blood on Leopard Skin. In: Daniel Fernandez Pascual; Alon Schwabe and Jesse Connuck, eds. The Empire Remains Shop / Cooking Sections. New York: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, pp. 75-90. ISBN 9781941332375

Van Balen, Tuur and Cohen, Revital. 2016. MINE. In: Boris Ondreička and Nadim Samman, eds. Rare Earth. Berlin: Sternberg Press, pp. 54-61. ISBN 978-3-95679-144-4


Van Balen, Tuur and Cohen, Revital. 2021. Heavens.