My field work has taken me to remote indigenous territories from the Amazon to the Arctic region where I have physically experienced environmental devastation and its deep impact on all forms of life. The main protagonist in my video narratives is the figure of the indigenous scientist emerging from a shared history of colonial conquest and modern natural science whose rationale has been a major driver in the current eco crisis. Based on field research in the Amazonian forests of Colombia, my recent art videos and collaborative action projects unite diverse strands of knowledge on the intelligence of nature and the relationship among all living beings who inhabit these spaces. Bridging scientific and indigenous perspectives, I have become involved in co-creating with the Inga people a Biocultural Indigenous University. This indigenous-led long-term endeavor proposes an ecocentric worldview engendering further research on forest epistemologies. At a time of global biodiversity loss, it is more important than ever to rethink the epistemic roots of our relationship to Earth and take a propositional approach to art.

Ursula Biemann

Forest Mind
November 9, 2022

Forest Mind

Book Launch

Claustro San Agustín

The opening in Bogota was also the book launch for Forest Mind – On the Interconnection of All Life, an artist book unfolding my field experience and research done in Colombia with the Inga, my DNA experiment here with ETH Zurich and art related reflections. Designed by Studio Krispin Heé, edited by Etienne Turpin. It’s part of the commission by María Belén Saez de Ibarra at UNAL, Bogota.

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