An indigenous University in Colombian Amazonia

Monday, December 2nd, 2019, 7pm

An indigenous University in Colombian Amazonia

Ursula Biemann in conversation with Mabe Bethônico

HEAD – GenèveBoulevard Helvétique 9, 1205 Geneva, seminar room CCC, salle 27, 2nd floor

Ursula Biemann talk
Kick-off meeting in Mocoa, Putumayo, for the co-creation of the Indigenous University, October 2019

The video projects of Ursula Biemann generally take a systemic approach to terrestrial conditions by connecting the micropolitics on the ground with a theoretical and planetary macro level. The main protagonist in her recent narratives is the figure of the indigenous scientist who emerges from a shared history of colonialism and the appearance of modern science. Her latest field research in the summer 2018 took her to the South of Colombia. At the invitation of an indigenous leader, she is currently engaged in the co-creation of an indigenous University for crosscultural knowledge generation. Grounded in an international partnership, the visionary project aims to integrate indigenous knowledge systems with occidental science and technologies, fostering a supportive biocentric worldview. The project also involves the creation of an online audiovisual platform gathering the knowledge baseline of the Inga people of Colombia.