Programme 2018

Contained Mobility

Director: Ursula Biemann


Section: The New Medium III: Multi-screen Cinema

Country: Switzerland, UK | Year: 2004

Language(s): English | Time: 20 mins


The two-channel video projection Contained Mobility looks at the condition emerging from the reinforced regulations of movements to Europe with a focus on the sophisticated methods and technologies which have been developed on either side: on the part of the authorities to discipline the movement of goods and people and on the part of the passengers to outwit the restrictions and achieve mobility and security. Following the Belarusian refugee Anatol from the Siberian Gulag to Liverpool, the video mixes fictional documents with real facts to narrate the trajectory of a migrant in the post-humanist age. 

Director's Bio

Ursula Biemann (b. 1955) is an artist, writer and video essayist based in Zurich. Her artistic practice is research oriented and involves fieldwork from the Arctic to the rainforests in Amazonia. She investigates the geographies of mobility and migration networks, and the political ecologies of forests, oil, ice and water. Her work has been exhibited in museums worldwide and at the biennials of Liverpool, Sharjah, Shanghai, Istanbul, Montreal, Venice and Sao Paulo.