Presentation of the magazine Up & Underground
Magazine for art, theory and activism
In this issue, Up & Underground presents a series of essays and
interviews by and with Croatian and foreign authors, artists,
theoreticians and activists from the independent cultural scene…
Hannah Arendt (Educational Crisis),
Gilles Deleuze (Letter to Serge Daney: optimism, pessimism, travel),
Bernard Harbaš (Learn to Live with Ghosts),
Brian Holmes (Beyond Sight Thousands of Main Players),
Ivana Keser (Delirious media),
Dalibor Martinis (Interview),
Virgil Miahaiu (Jazz Against Totalitarian Regimes),
Aleksandar Mijatović (Withheld Profanation),
Goran Sergej Pristaš (Interview),
Jacques Ranciere (Deployment of Sensual – aesthetics and politics),
Film Mutations (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Adrian Martin, Kent Jones, Alexander Horvath, Nicole Brener, Raymond Bellour),
Erik Swyngedouw (Exit Site – creation of 'local' urban contemporaries),
Bernard Tschumi (Architecture and Transgression).
Ursula Biemann, ‘Contained Mobility’, two-channeled video installation/projection, 2004, 21'
Screening of Ursula Biemann and Chantal Akerman’s films
Along with the promotion of the latest issue of the magazine Up &
Underground there will be a screening of recent works by Ursula Biemann
and Chantal Akerman.
Chantal Akerman, ‘Là-bas’, video documentary, 2006, 78'
view invoked from the static position of fixed camera in the author’s
room in Tel Aviv, her temporary residence, which poses questions of
geopolitical content, but also more intimate questions of author’s
affiliation and self-determination, and underlines her ever present
esthetic and critical engagement through a deconstructivist relation to
Chantal Akerman (1950), the Belgian cineaste residing in
Paris has been creating her specific experimental style since the ‘70s
both in feature and documentary films. Some of her most significant
works are; 'Jeanne Dielman, '23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles'
(1975), ‘Stories from America’ (1988), the travel trilogy: ‘East’
(1993), ‘South’ (1999), ‘On the other side’ (2003).
Ursula Biemann & Angela Sanders, ‘Europlex’, video, 2003, 20'
pamphlet engagement fed on the American activist video from the ‘80s
and the European school of film essayism, the Swiss theoretician and
visual artist, Ursula Biemann, critically articulates gender
constructions and migration regulations in examples from everyday life
of post-urban zones of the South European border with Africa
(‘Europlex’) and global policies of surveillance after September 11
Ursula Biemann (1955), the
visual artist, theoretician and professor at the Academy in Geneva and
Zurich residing in Zurich, is the author of numerous activist video
works, such as ‘Performing the Border’ (1999), ‘Dossiers Black Sea’
(2003-2005), but also the books ‘Been there and back to nowhere: Gender
in Transnational Spaces’ and ‘Geography and the Politics of Mobility’.
Both Biemann and Akerman build their strategies of resistance, both
visual which contemplates strategies of screening and what is being
screened, and the one related to geographical determinations. In her
works Biemann shows trans-local existences and witnesses policies of
mobility and containment in technological legal and ideological sense,
but witnesses also forms of resistance and surmounting thereof, while
Akerman decides to speak about similar subjects from her experience as