The Cosmopolitical Forest

Day 2. Friday, 28th October.
10:00 – 11:30
Venue: CCCB: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

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 and water, the artist interweaves vast cinematic landscapes with documentary footage, SF poetry and academic findings to narrate a changing planetary reality. Discussing her artistic practice in the projects Deep Weather, Forest Law, and Subatlantic, Biemann particularly raises questions regarding the entanglement of aesthetics, ecology and geopolitics.

Ursula Biemann
Artist, Zurich

Ursula Biemann is an artist, writer, and video essayist based in Zurich, Switzerland. Her artistic practice is strongly research oriented and involves fieldwork in remote locations where she investigates climate change and the ecologies of oil, ice, forest and water, as in the projects Egyptian Chemistry (2012), Deep Weather (2013) and Forest Law (2014) and most recently in Subatlantic (2015 and Biosemiotic Borneo (2016). Her video installations are exhibited worldwide in museums and at international art biennials in Liverpool, Sharjah, Shanghai, Sevilla, Istanbul, Montreal, Venice and Sao Paulo. She had comprehensive solo exhibitions at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Lentos Museum Linz, Bildmuseet Umea, and Helmhaus Zurich. Biemann is part of the collaborative World of Matter project ( and received the 2009 Prix Meret Oppenheim, the national art award of Switzerland. (

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