Screening of Forest Mind with Ursula Biemann

Images (left to right): Ursula Biemann. Ursula, Biemann, Forest Mind, 2021, sync 2-channel video installation, 31 minutes.

Screening of Forest Mind followed by Q+A with Ursula Biemann

Friday, April 21, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Online Event – Streamed Live
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Forest Mind (31 minutes) tackles the underlying concepts that distinguish the Indigenous knowledge systems from that of modern science, gaging the limits of rationalism which has dominated Western thinking for the last 200 years.

About The Artist

Ursula Biemann is an artist, author and video essayist. Her artistic practice is research oriented and involves fieldwork from Greenland to Amazonia, where she investigates climate change and the ecologies of oil, ice, forests and water. In her multi-layered videos, she interweaves vast cinematic landscapes with documentary footage, science fiction poetry and academic findings to narrate a changing planetary reality. In 2018, Biemann was commissioned by Museo de Arte, Universidad Nacional de Colombia in the co-creation of a new Indigenous University in the South of Colombia led by the Inga people in which she contributes the online platform Devenir Universidad. Her recent video installation Forest Mind (2021) emerges from this long-term collaboration. She has published numerous books, including Forest Mind (2022) and the audiovisual online monograph Becoming Earth on her ecological video works between 2011-2021. Biemann has exhibited internationally with recent solo exhibitions at MAMAC, Nice and the Centre culturel suisse, Paris. She is appointed Doctor honoris causa in Humanities by the Swedish University Umea, and has received the 2009 Prix Meret Oppenheim, the Swiss Grand Award for Art, and the 2022 Zurich Art Award.

Ursula Biemann, Forest Mind, 2021, sync 2-channel video installation, 31 minutes

Forest Mind by Ursula Biemann is part of the more-than-human exhibition:

February 01 to May 13, 2023

more-than-human presents media artworks at the intersection of art, science, Indigenous worldviews, and technology that speculatively and poetically use multimodal storytelling as a vehicle for interpreting, mattering, and embodying more-than-human ecologies. The artworks in this exhibition aim to critically and emotionally engage with the important work of decentering the human and rethinking the perspective that sees nature as a lifeless resource for exploitation. Many of the artworks use technological and scientific tools as entry points for witnessing and interacting with these more-than-human worlds, as they help visualize phenomena beyond human sensory perception while nevertheless situating us within them. Combined, the artworks in the show weave a story that tells a tale of symbiosis, intersections, and more-than-human relationality. They incorporate scientific, philosophical, and Indigenous perspectives to create an experiential tapestry that asks the viewer to reconsider, reorient, and rethink relationships with the more-than-human.

Curated by Jane Tingley, more-than-human features Canadian and international artists including Ursula Biemann, Lindsey french, Grace Grothaus, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning & Mary Bunch, Suzanne Morrissette, Joel Ong, Jane Tingley and Rasa Smite & Raitis Smits.

more-than-human is presented as core exhibition of the CONTACT Photography Festival.

more-than-human Online Brochure Publication

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Onsite Gallery presents contemporary, Indigenous, and public art and design to advance knowledge creation and stimulate local and international conversations on the urgent issues of our time.

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