Annual theme "Hybrid Ecologies"
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series (2016/17)



Dark Ecologies

with Ursula Biemann and Timothy Morton


Ursula Biemann


Ursula Biemann is an artist, writer, and video essayist based in Zurich, Switzerland. Her artistic practice is strongly research oriented and involves fieldwork in remote locations. Her recent fieldwork has taken her to the forests of Amazonia and the Arctic region. Engaging with the political ecology of oil, ice and water, the artist interweaves vast cinematic landscapes with documentary footage, SF poetry and academic findings to narrate a changing planetary reality. Her video installations are exhibited worldwide in museums and at international art biennials in Sao Paulo, Gwangju, Liverpool, Sharjah, Shanghai, Istanbul, Montreal, and Venice. She had comprehensive solo exhibitions at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k.; Lentos Museum Linz and Helmhaus Zurich and publisher of Stuff it – The Video Essay in the Digital Age and other books. Biemann has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York and is member of the collaborative art and media project World of Matter. She received a doctor honoris causa in Humanities by the Swedish University Umea and the Prix Meret Oppenheim, the Swiss Grand Award for Art.


Timothy Morton


Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University, Houston, Texas. He gave the Wellek Lectures in Theory in 2014 and has collaborated with Björk, Haim Steinbach and Olafur Eliasson. He is the author of Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence (Columbia, 2016), Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism (Chicago, 2015), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (Minnesota, 2013), Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities, 2013), The Ecological Thought (Harvard, 2010), Ecology without Nature (Harvard, 2007), eight other books and 160 essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, music, art, architecture, design and food. He blogs regularly at