Mirko Winkel is the coordinator of the mLAB. The artist and curator teaches at the University of Bern and other places with the aim of synthesizing art with scientific research and socio-political concerns.
Susan Thieme is professor of Critical Sustainability Studies at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern. She brought the Global Science Film Festival to Bern and co-developed the Social Learning Video Method. She is co-founder of the mLAB. MORE
Carolin Schurr is professor of Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Bern. As a feminist geographer, she has developed and experimented with affectual and visual methods to grasp the emotional effects of globalization processes on our intimate lives. She is co-founder of the mLAB. MORE
Alexander Vorbrugg is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern. His research interests include visual forms of research and science communication. He is part of the coordination group of the mLAB. MORE
Laura Perler is a postdoctoral researcher in Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Bern. In her research she investigates inequalities in relation to reproductive technologies and the Swiss asylum system. In her projects she uses audiovisual approaches and collaborates with artists. Together with Mirko Winkel, she is currently organizing a traveling exhibition on egg donation. She is part of the coordination group of the mLAB. MORE
Stefan Brönnimann is a professor in Climatology at the University of Bern. His research focuses on weather and climate reconstruction, climate models, climate dynamics, effects of volcanic eruptions on climate and climate and society interactions. MORE
Elisabeth Militz is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Guelph (Canada) and a feminist political and cultural geographer. She experiments with affectual and feminist digital methodologies and advances feminist social media research methods. MORE
Adrien Mestrot is a professor in Soil Science at the University of Bern. Part of his research topics is analyzing the biogeochemistry of soils under global change to improve environmental health and food production. MORE
Nora Komposch is a PhD student and assistant in Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Bern. Her research interests are geographies of the body, care and reproduction, migration and labor, and politics of the global intimate. MORE
Elusive Exposures Event Series
ARTISTIC INSTALLATIONS AROUND THE BATHS
mLAB Symposium - Other Cartographies
Call for Research-Art Collaboration: ON UN/HEALTHY GROUNDS
Partnering for Change: Link Research to Societal Challenges
Health Care Unbound
4th Global Science Film Festival 2021 Bern-Zurich
Mapping Possible Worlds
“Critical Sustainability Research” with the Social Learning Video Method
Conversing Alps in Times of Climate Crisis
Digital Geographies of the Global Intimate
mLAB Symposium - The Inspired Discipline
Call for Research-Art Collaboration: UN/CERTAIN CALIBRATIONS
Explorations into the World of Radical Cartographies
Producing and Reflecting Maps
Climatology & Climatography of Care
Call for Research-Art Collaboration - GLOBAL IN/JUSTICE
Homelessness in Bern
4th Global Science Film Festival 2021 Bern-Zurich
In November 2021 the mLAB and the Swiss Science Film Academy presented the 4th Global Science Film Festival at Kino REX in Bern and Filmpodium in Zurich. The films shown were engaging and challenging, addressing current global issues and questions in a variety of scientific disciplines. Discussions with the respective filmmakers, researchers and experts followed the films.
Thursday, Nov 25, 2021
EthnoKino – Kino in der Reitschule
A walk alongside parasites, symbionts and decomposers offering ideas of interconnectedness. With mushrooms and their allies the film invites to imagine a mycocultural (r)evolution.
Followed by a discussion about More-than-Human Perspectives with Marion Neumann (Film Director), Nadia Maaroufi (Plant-Soil Ecologist, University of Bern), Alison Pouliot (Natural Historian and Environmental Photographer)
Moderator: Nimal Bourloud (Social Anthropology Student)
Saturday, Nov 27, 2021
Kino REX Bern
A 10-year-old Roma boy living in Sweden attempts to come to terms with the mysterious resignation syndrome that has put his two sisters in a coma and dreams of building a spaceship.
Followed by a discussion about Migration, Racism and Health with Film Director Dea Gjinovci, Kemal Sadulov (Radio journalist and president of Romano Dialog)
Moderator: Alexander Vorbrugg Geographer (University of Bern)
From the perspective of the filmmaker’s window, the film explores the destruction of a unique train station in Zurich and the construction of the new prison and police center in its place.
Followed by a discussion about Urban History, Prisons and Migration with Film Director Thomas Imbach, Britta Hentschel (History of Architecture University of Liechtenstein), Simone Marti (Lecturer and Member of Migrant Solidarity Network)
Moderator: Susan Thieme Geographer, University of Bern
What does it mean when artificial intelligence increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people the algorithms are biased against?
Followed by a discussion about Artificial Intelligence & Discrimination with Film Director Shalini Kantayya, Agata Ferretti (Big Data Ethics and Governance, ETH Zürich)
Moderator: Fupa Magic (Educator, Multidisciplinary Artist & Facilitator)
The film shows the work of maritime aid organizations. In haunting images, the ambivalent relationship between society and threatened ecosystems is laid bare.
Followed by a discussion about Pollution, Climate Change & the Ocean with Film Director Robin Petré, Charlotte Laufkötter (Marine Biogeochemistry & Plastic Pollution, University of Bern)
Moderator: Tobias Wechsler (Hydorlogist, Institute of Geograph, University of Bern)
Sunday, Nov 28, 2021
Kino REX Bern
Followed by a discussion about Wildlife Conservation with Film Directors Karl Ammann and Laurin Merz, Bruno Mainini (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Switzerland)
Moderator: Ian Ausprey (Conservation Biology, University of Bern)
An overcrowded ship suffers shipwreck on its way from Turkey to Greece. One of the survivors filmed the sinking of the ship with a waterproof camera she wore on her wrist.
Followed by a discussion about (In)Visibility and Migration with Film Director Amel Alzakout and Gerhild Perl (Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Trier)
The Scent of Fear is a journey around the globe, on which we meet people who freeze with fear, people who are looking for it, people who find it, and people who love it.¨
Followed by a discussion about Psychology and Politics of Fear with Film Director Mirjam von Arx, Eveline Frischknecht (Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Bern)
Moderator: Surangika Jayarathne Social and Cultural Geographer, University of Bern
The short films explore topics such as the future of the sheep herding profession, mountain climbing with robots, homosexuality in the animal world.