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Ursula Biemann: Devenir Universidad: Art, Indigenous Science  and the Biocultural Reconstruction of Amazonian Knowledges
Devenir Universidad: Art, Indigenous Science and the Biocultural Reconstruction of Amazonian Knowledges
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Ursula Biemann

Devenir Universidad: Art, Indigenous Science and the Biocultural Reconstruction of Amazonian Knowledges

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  • ecology
  • capitalism
  • digital media
  • cultural critic
  • economics
  • digital culture
  • art

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Ursula Biemann

is an artist, writer, and video essayist based in Zurich, Switzerland. Her artistic practice is research oriented and involves fieldwork in remote locations where she engages with the political ecologies of forests, oil and water. In her video practice she interweaves vast cinematic landscapes with documentary footage, science fiction poetry and academic findings to narrate a changing planetary reality. Her video installations have been shown at the international art biennials in Istanbul, Liverpool, Sevilla, Shanghai, Gwangju, Montreal, and Venice, and are represented in museums worldwide. In 2013 she had a comprehensive solo exhibition at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k. In addition to other books, she has published Stuff it – The Video Essay in the Digital Age, and she is founding member of the collaborative art and media project World of Matter. Biemann studied at the School of Visual Arts and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. In 2008 she received a doctor honoris causa in Humanities by the Swedish University Umea, and 2009 the Prix Meret Oppenheim, the Swiss Grand Award for Art.
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Mathias Denecke (ed.), Holger Kuhn (ed.), ...: Liquidity, Flows, Circulation

It has become a truism that capital circulates, that data, populations and materials flow, that money offers liquidity. Placed at the intersection of art, media and cultural studies as well as economic theory, the volume investigates the Cultural Logic of Environmentalization. As flows, circulations and liquidity resurface in all aspects of recent culture and contemporary art, this volume investigates the hypothesis of a genuine cultural logic of environmentalization through these three concepts.
It thus brings together two areas of research which have been largely separate. On the one hand, the volume takes up discussions about ecologies with and without nature and environmentalization as a contemporary form of power and capital. On the other hand, the volume takes its cue from Fredric Jameson’s notion that each stage of capitalism is accompanied by a genuine cultural logic. The volume introduces this current of materialist thinking into the ongoing discussions of ecologies and environmentalization. By analyzing contemporary art, architecture, theater, films, and literature, the 15 contributions by scholars and artists explore different fields where liquid forms, semantics of flow, or processes of circulation emerge as a contemporary cultural logic.


With contributions by: Ursula Biemann, Martin Doll, Katerina Genidogan, Sebastian Kirsch, Esther Leslie, Annie McClanahan, Maryse Ouellet, Malte Fabian Rauch, Hannah Schmedes, Yannick Schütte, Christian Schwinghammer, Jacob Soule, Yvonne Volkart, Beny Wagner, Stefan Yong.