Survey by Qualaroo

Ursula Biemann

Ursula Biemann was born in Zurich in 1955. She studied art and cultural theory in Mexico and at the School of Visual Arts and Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. Her art and curatorial work focuses on gender relations in economy, media, and geography, including a two-year project Kultur on gender and urban politics in Istanbul, and videos on the U.S./ Mexico border, global sex industry and the Spanish/Moroccan borderlands. Her video-essays Performing the border (1999), Writing Desire (2000), Remote Sensing (2001) and Europlex (2003) have been shown internationally in exhibitions and festivals. She curated the exhibition and catalogue Geography and the Politics of Mobility at the Generali Foundation in Vienna (2003). Her publications include Stuff It - the video essay in the digital age, Springer Vienna/New York (2003). Recent art research projects include Black Sea Files on Caspian oil politics and The Maghreb Connection on mobility in the Sahara. Biemann researches at the Institute for Theory of Art and Design at HGK Zurich, lectures at the CCC program of the University for Art and Design Geneva, and teaches seminars and workshops internationally.