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Middle East Studies

Lecture + Film Screening | Ursula Biemann, 'The Cosmopolitical Forest'

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

5:00pm – 8:00pm

Joukowsky Forum

Refreshments will be provided.

Presented by the artist, Ursula Biemann.

Based on comprehensive research, the artist elaborates in her video works the far-reaching territorial and climatic transformations due to the extraction and engineering of resources, drawing attention to the social and biological micro-dynamics at work in these massive physical encroachments. Her recent fieldwork has taken her to the Amazon and the Arctic region. Engaging with the political ecology of oil, ice, forest and water, the artist interweaves vast cinematic landscapes with documentary footage, SF poetry and academic findings to narrate a changing planetary reality. The essayistic lecture performance draws on the video works Deep Weather (2013), Forest Law (2014) and Subatlantic (2015) to elucidate the entanglement of aesthetics, ecology and the implication of artistic practice in world-making.

One-hour presentation followed by Q&A and the full screening of Forest Law (38’).

This is the third in a three-part series:

Arts & Social Change
Workshops, Conferences, Seminars

About: Ursula Biemann (born 1955, Zurich, Switzerland) is an artist, writer, and video essayist. Her artistic practice is strongly research oriented and involves fieldwork in remote locations where she investigates climate change and the ecologies of oil and water. She works the findings into multi-layered videos by connecting the micropolitics on the ground with a theoretical macro level, proposing a reflexive exploration of planetary and videographic organization.