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

Taking inspiration from James Clifford’s notion of ‘speaking terms’ with which he characterized the relations between French anthropology and the surrealist avantgarde in the 1920s and 30s, this lecture explores the current and future possibilities of dialogue between art and anthropology. Informed broadly by hermeneutics (Gadamer, Ricoeur) and art historian Grant Kester’s notion of ‘dialogical aesthetics’ it is argued that any dialogues, and potentially, collaborative projects across disciplinary boundaries of art and anthropology, can only be achieved through a careful negotiation of ‘speaking terms’, and the recognition of difference.

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.