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Mission Reports

10 February to 6 May 2012

In her video essays and installations, Ursula Biemann investigates themes like migration and gender politics against the background of globalization, free trade zones, virtual communication and the construction of border defenses on the part of highly developed states. The artist, who is also internationally active as a curator, lecturer and networker, draws her material from video recordings on site, interviews with experts, from archives and virtual information sources, and from theoretical texts. Collecting observations and information, intensive encounters with people on site and critically reflecting on image production and reportage are the basis on which Biemann develops non-linear, multifaceted and polyvocal narratives.

The LENTOS presents four exemplary works. Black Sea Files (2005) investigates the transnational infrastructure of a pipeline through the southern Caucasus and Turkey, which pumps Caspian crude oil from Azerbaijan to the world market. Contained Mobility (2004) enters the digital world generated by the prevailing control of mobility and the unstable, trans-local forms of life that emerge between and around it. Embankment (2011) describes the act of a communal construction of a dike in the delta of Bangladesh. With its loose cross-connections and its vast geography, Sahara Chronicle (2006) is essentially a mirror image of the clandestine migration network in Northern Africa.

Project managers: Stella Rollig, Magnus Hofmüller

In cooperation with course Medienpädagogik at the art university Linz.

Supported by


Thursday 9 February, 7 p.m.

Friday 27 April, 5 p.m.–6.30 p.m.
Gided tour with the artist Ursula Biemann. In conjunction with the CROSSING EUROPE Filmfestival.

Guided tours

1 hour, costs € 3,- exclusive admission
(combined with the exhibition THE COLLECTION 1900–2011)
each Thursday, 7 p.m.


An extensive catalogue will be published for the exhibition Ursula Biemann: Mission Reports. Künstlerische Praxis im Feld. Videoarbeiten 19992011.
Ed. by Marius Babias, Simon Maurer, Stella Rollig. With essays by Ursula Biemann, T.J. Demos, Brian Holmes, Jörg Huber, a preface by the editors and numerous illustrations, 208 pages.
Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg, 2012. ISBN 978-3-86984-304-9
€ 35,- (Museum price € 28,-)

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