Mission Reports (engl) | 2008

Artistic Practice in the Field - Ursula Biemann Video Works 1998-2008

This substantial monograph, on and around Ursula Biemann’s practice, provides an opportunity to engage with more than a decade of her video art production and writing. Through a range of essays by cultural theorists, as well as texts by the artist herself and generous visual documentation, this book surveys the numerous artistic and visual research projects Biemann has conducted throughout the contested trans-national territories of the world. She has consistently developed a unique aesthetic language with which to explore her concerns with the concept of borders and the contemporary forms of migration that they produce. Her video essays offer a critique of the visual technologies being advanced for the acceleration, and control, of global mobility, confounding the prevailing representations to reveal a more complex human geography of collateral effects and unrecorded movements on the ground.

Conceptualising Artistic Fieldwork
Texts by Ursula Biemann

Making the Transnational Intelligible: Performing the Border
Turning Bodies into Codes: Writing Desire
Reorganizing Women on a Global Scale: Remote Sensing
Logging the Border: Europlex
Suspended in the Post-humanist Lapse: Contained Mobility
Embedded Fieldwork and Global Oil Circulation: Black Sea Files
Dispersing the Viewpoint: Sahara Chronicle
Articulating the Exception: X-Mission

The Video Essay and Real-World Politics
Essays by:

Angela Dimitrakaki Materialist Feminism for the Twenty-First Century: The Video Essays of Ursula Biemann, Wendy S. Hesford Global Sex Work and Video Advocacy: The Geopolitics of Rhetorical Identification, Uta Staiger Visualizing the citizenship gap: EU borders and migration in cultural productions, Brian Holmes Extradisciplinary Investigations. Towards a New Critique of Institutions, Jean-Pierre Rehm Political Typographies, Jörg Huber Getting to the Bottom of Vision: Theory of Images – Images of Theory, The Significance of Ursula Biemann’s Video Work for a Theory of Culture, T.J. Demos Sahara Chronicle: Video’s Migrant Geography.

Edited by Ursula Biemann, Jan-Erik Lundström with an introduction by Jan-Erik Lundström


208 pages, illustrated, color, English
complete biography and bibliography

Published with Bildmuseet Umea/Arnolfini Bristol 2008

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£ 23.50 / € 29.00

ISBN 978 0 907738 91 6