Thu June 6th | 18:15
Ursula Biemann: Videogeographies – Artistic Practice in the Field

In this lecture, Ursula Biemann talks about her use of investigative video as a form of artistic practice that engages fieldwork in faraway places. Her videos consistently explore the post-colonial politics of space and the innovative practices of resistance that constitute the counter-geographies of clandestine mobility today. In two distinct approaches, the videos Contained Mobility and Sahara Chronicle reveal the friction between the migrants’ strategies of self-determination and the efforts of containment made by the authorities to bring it under control. At the forefront of this practice is, as ever, a deeper investigation of how reality is constituted: First, through the movement of people as a space-producing performance. And second, through a series of experiments of how the artist could inscribe herself in the very space that she is producing both by physically traversing it, and by generating these videogeographies. Both projects raise epistemological questions of how knowledge is produced through the engagement with local histories. They also propose installations in the art space that allows us to experience how a multiplicity of personal stories finally merges into a transnational system that unfolds in the minds of the viewers.

Ursula Biemann is a video essayist, theorist and widely exhibited artist based in Zurich. Her practice is strongly research oriented and involves fieldwork and video documentation in remote places. She investigates global relations under the impact of the accelerated mobility of people and resources. Biemann is a senior researcher at the Zurich University for the Arts and publisher of several books. She is appointed Doctor honoris causa in Humanities by the Swedish University Umea (2008) and received the 2009 Prix Meret Oppenheim, the national art award of Switzerland.
A selection of her work is available on her website


Fri June 7th | 14:00
Arnd Schneider: For a New Hermeneutics in the Art-Anthropology Encounter
Arnd Schneider is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. He writes on contemporary art and anthropology, migration and film. His main publications include Futures Lost (Peter Lang, 2000), and Appropriation as Practice: Art and Identity in Argentina (Palgrave, 2006). He co-edited (with Chris Wright) Contemporary Art and Anthropology (Berg, 2006), and Between Art and Anthropology (Berg, 2010); their new book Anthropology and Art Practice is forthcoming with Berg/Bloomsbury (2013).He was a co-organiser of the international conference Fieldworks: Dialogues between Art and Anthropology (Tate Modern, 2003). Experimental Film And Anthropology (co-edited with Caterina Pasqualino) will be published by Berg /Bloomsbury in 2014.