VOODOO & ALCHEMY
Location: Het Huis
In Twenty-One Percent, a science ﬁctional performer manipulates a multitude of ingredients. The video is an empirical inquiry into the capacities of chemical elements.
Lettres du Voyant is a ﬁlm about the roles that spiritism and technology play in Ghana. The ﬁlm attempts to uncover some truths about a mysterious practice called ‘Sakawa’ in which internet scans are mixed with voodoo.
Twenty-One Percent (2016) 17 min, Ursula Biemann & Mo Diener (CH)
Lettres du Voyant (2013) 40 min, Louis Henderson (GB)
URSULA BIEMANN― Artist
Ursula Biemann (born 1955, Zurich, Switzerland) is an artist, writer, and video essayist. Her artistic practice is strongly research oriented and involves fieldwork in remote locations where she investigates climate change and the ecologies of oil, ice and water. She works the findings into multi-layered videos by connecting the micropolitics on the ground with a theoretical macro level, proposing a reflexive exploration of planetary and videographic organization. Biemann’s pluralistic practice spans a range of media including experimental video, interview, text, photography, cartography and materials, which converge in highly formalized spatial installations. In her videos, the artist interweaves vast cinematic landscapes with documentary footage, SF poetry and academic findings to narrate a changing planetary reality. Her work also adopts the form of publications, lectures, and curatorial as well as collaborative research projects. Her recent fieldwork has taken her to the Amazon and the Arctic region where she engages the larger temporalities of climate change with the project Forest Law, Deep Weather and Subatlantic, amplifying current discussions around ecology, multispecies communication and videographic world making. The artist had solo exhibitions at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k., Bildmuseet Umea in Sweden, Nikolaj Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, Helmhaus Zurich, Lentos Museum Linz, and at film festivals FID Marseille and TEK Rome. Her work also contributed to major exhibitions at the Arnolfini Bristol; Tapies Foundation Barcelona; Museum of Fine Arts Bern; LACE, Los Angeles, KIASMA Helsinki, San Francisco Art Institute; Jeu de Paume, Paris, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Kunstverein Hamburg and many others; In addition, the artist has participated in the International Art Biennials in Sao Paulo, Gwangju, Shanghai, Shardjah, Liverpool, Bamako, Istanbul, Montreal, Venice, Thessaloniki, and Sevilla.
MO DIENER― Artist
Mo Diener lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland. Located in the conceptual field of critical art and theory, Diener’s art practice reflects on the blind spots in contemporary society. It takes the form of media and performative interventions, spatial installations, video projects and activist performances. Diener is the initiator and director of the Roma Jam Session art Kollektiv (RJSaK).