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Film Series : CATE Fall 2020

Visionary Ecologies: Ursula Biemann

2013-18, Ursula Biemann, Switzerland, ca 80 min
Streaming October 18–24


In these four films--Deep Weather (2013), Forest Law (2014), Subatlantic (2015), Acoustic Ocean (2018)--artist Ursula Biemann examines the planet’s changing climate and its global ecological impact.

Ranging from the Amazon, where indigenous people like the Inga are struggling to preserve their ecosystems, to the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean, where even deep-sea creatures must navigate human-induced environmental change, Biemann’s works underscore how people, flora, and fauna are intimately connected. Deep Weather travels from the Alberta tar sands to the deltas of Bangladesh to examine the interrelated geographies of oil and water. Forest Law charts indigenous efforts to legally define the Amazon as a living entity in the face of large-scale oil and mining activities. Subatlantic ponders the connections between melting glaciers, ancient microorganisms, and weather patterns from Greenland to the Caribbean. Acoustic Ocean explores the sonic ecology of marine life while proposing alternative models for human existence in the natural world. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Video Data Bank.

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Ursula Biemann
October 22, 2020
Join us for an in-depth conversation with the artist, followed by audience Q&A.

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