Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Ursula Biemann

Remote Sensing

Remote Sensing

Ursula Biemann. Remote Sensing, 2001.

Spiralling down from an orbital view captured by image satellites, the video-essay takes an earthly perspective on cross-border circuits, where women have emerged as key actors. "Remote Sensing" traces the routes and reasons of women who travel across the globe for work in the sex industry. Voluntarily or not, women are displaced in great numbers from Manila to Nigeria, from Burma to Thailand, from Bulgaria to Western Europe: female bodies in the flow of global capitalism. The highly digital documents generated for this video link new geographic technologies to the sexualization and displacement of women on a global scale. Using the latest images from NASA satellites, the video investigates the consequences of the U.S. military presence in South East Asia as well as the European migration politics.


satellites, mobility, borders, global sex trade, Trafficking, geography, technology, capitalism, video, NASA, South East Asian

Performing the BorderRemote SensingEuroplexWriting DesireBlack Sea FilesURSULA BIEMANN MISSION REPORTS Artistic Practice in the Field Video Works 1998-2008

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