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

Black Sea Files

Black Sea Files

Ursula Biemann. Black Sea Files, 2005.

"Black Sea Files" is a territorial research on the Caspian oil geography: the world’s oldest oil extraction zone. A giant new subterranean pipeline traversing the Caucasus will soon pump Caspian Crude to the West. The line connecting the resource fringe with the terminal of the global high-tech oil circulation system, runs through the video like a central thread. However, the trajectory followed by the narrative is by no means a linear one. Circumventing the main players in the region, the video sheds light on a multitude of secondary sceneries. Oil workers, farmers, refugees and prostitutes who live along the pipeline come into profile and contribute to a wider human geography that displaces the singular and powerful signifying practices of oil corporations and oil politicians. Drawing on investigatory fieldwork as practiced by anthropologists, journalists and secret intelligence agents, the "Black Sea Files" comment on artistic methods in the field and the ways in which information and visual intelligence is detected, circulated or withheld.


Oil workers, refugees, prostitutes, transnationalism, pipeline, oil, global economy, resources, mobility, trafficking, farmers, Caspian Sea, prostitution, installation

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

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