The Ocean After Nature: Ursula Biemann Screening

Ursula Biemann, film still from Subatlantic, 2015. Courtesy of the artist

Screening | Ursula Biemann: Geomorphic Videos
Monday, March 5, 2018
Anthology Film Archives

32 2nd Ave
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Drawing attention to the social and biological micro-dynamics at work in the massive physical encroachments of resource extraction and engineering, artist Ursula Biemann elaborates far-reaching territorial and climatic transformations in her videos. Her recent fieldwork has taken her to the Amazon and the Arctic region. Engaging with the political ecology of oil, ice, and water, the artist interweaves vast cinematic landscapes with documentary footage, science fiction poetry, and academic findings to narrate a changing planetary reality. In this screening and presentation, Biemann will discuss her artistic practice in the projects Forest Law, Subatlantic, and Acoustic Ocean, raising questions regarding the entanglement of aesthetics, ecology, and geopolitics.

This event is organized by Swiss Institute in collaboration with ICI on the occasion of the exhibition The Ocean After Nature on view at The New School’s Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design (February 9 – April 17, 2018).


Forest Law, 2014, 32 min, digital
Subatlantic, 2015, 11 min, digital
Preview of Acoustic Ocean

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March 5, 2018

Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003


Swiss Institute

Swiss Institute is an independent non-profit contemporary art institution dedicated to promoting forward-thinking and experimental art making through innovative exhibitions and programs. Committed to the highest standards of curatorial and educational excellence, Swiss Institute serves as a platform for emerging artists, catalyzes new contexts for celebrated work, and fosters appreciation for under-recognized positions. Open to the public free-of-charge, Swiss Institute seeks to explore how a national perspective can foster international conversations in the fields of visual and performing arts, design and architecture.

Ursula Biemann

Ursula Biemann (b. 1955, Switzerland) is an artist, writer, and video essayist. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts (1986) and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program (1988) in New York, where she lived throughout the 1980s. She is a senior researcher at Zurich University of the Arts. Biemann was appointed Doctor honoris causa in humanities by Umea University in Sweden (2008) and received the 2009 Prix Meret Oppenheim, the national art award of Switzerland. She is on the board of the academic journal Geo-Humanities and a member of the Zurich art commission. Biemann has had solo exhibitions at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k. (2013), Bildmuseet Umea (2007), Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen (2009), Helmhaus, Zurich (2009), and Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria (2014), and has been featured in the FID Marseille and TEK Rome film festivals. Biemann’s work has been featured in major exhibitions at the Arnolfini Bristol, England; Tapies Foundation, Barcelona; the Museum of Fine Arts Bern, Switzerland; LACE, Los Angeles; KIASMA, Helsinki; the San Francisco Art Institute; Jeu de Paume, Paris; Kunstverein Hamburg; the biennials in Gwangju, Shanghai, Liverpool, Bamako, Istanbul, Montreal, Thessaloniki, and Seville; Kunstmuseum Graz, Austria; and the Flaherty Film Seminars, New York.

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