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 an Assistant Professor for Social and Digital Geographies at the University of Innsbruck. As a feminist political and cultural geographer, her focus lies on global/intimate relations and digital transformations. She experiments with affectual and feminist digital methodologies for human geographies. 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
Johanna Paschen is a PhD student in Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern. Her research interests include social and environmental justice, transdisciplinarity and artistic research. In cooperation with the Academy of the Arts Bern, she is involved with the research project EcoArtLab. MORE
Luca Tschiderer is a PhD student in Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern. His research focuses on alternative practices of work in health- and care related contexts. As part of his PhD project he uses social learning videos as a participatory method towards workers inquiry. MORE
Spatial Narratives – Installation
5th Global Science Film Festival 2023: Bern Edition
Exhibition: Care-Arbeit erzählbar machen
Lunch Cinema: Weaving Threads Across Borders
Residency: GEOGRAPHY OF GHOSTS
Workshop Call: Transitional Justice
Film & Geography: Work/Health/Care
Short Film Program: Reproductive Justice
Exhibition: Making Babies in Bern
5th Global Science Film Festival 2023: Zurich Edition
Exhibition: Making Babies in Berlin
Elusive Exposures Event Series
Research Studio: Mapping the Global Intimate
ARTISTIC INSTALLATIONS AROUND THE BATHS
mLAB Symposium - Other Cartographies
Partnering for Change: Link Research to Societal Challenges
EcoArtLab: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Climate Change
Theatre of Transformation Workshop: Transforming Margins
Health Care Unbound
Animating the Commons
Call for Research-Art Collaboration: ON UN/HEALTHY GROUNDS
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
Film & Geography: Work/Health/Care
In the context of processes of social transformation, care activities are increasingly assigned a central political function. In the everyday life of care and health professionals, implicit forms of knowledge play an important role, which has so far remained underexposed in the scientific debate. The mLAB at the Institute of Geography in Bern and the master’s program in transdisciplinarity at the Zurich University of the Arts have approached the topic of care in a transdisciplinary way with a new teaching format. Working with film as a reflective and participatory medium contributes to a better interweaving of theoretical and practical knowledge and opens up opportunities for a broad social discussion and reception of ongoing negotiation processes about various dimensions of the care crisis. In addition, through the audio-visual treatment of the topic, aesthetic-artistic aspects become a central part of knowledge production. The resulting perspectives transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries and promise to contribute to inclusive forms of teaching and learning beyond disciplinary boundaries.
The films (presented below) were produced as part of the course “Film and Geography”. The course was taught by Mirko Winkel, Luca Tschiderer, Susan Thieme, Irene Vögeli, Nora Longatti, Judith Weidmann and Jana Thierfelder.
The project “Raum für Pflege” portrays the various demands, perceptions and limitations of care spaces. The experiences of four women and their individual approaches to spatial conceptions and their embedded power relations form an auditory topology which is consistently visually disrupted. The newly emerging space associations form the centrepiece of the work.
The project deals with the question of what it means to be healthy in our society and what role the body has in it. In her film, Ula Liagaite uses the book ‘The Hologram’ by activist, artist and author Cassie Thornton (2020) and asks about forms of self-organised, collaborative care practises beyond professional institutions.
What does it take to feel at home? The film gently portrays the spaces and practices of (self-)care of two Ukrainian women who found a new home with two Swiss families. Using participatory interview techniques, the audience is taken along into the intimate spaces and relationships of living together.
The project examines the manual handling of bodies and objects in professional and private life of health-care professionals and asks about the connections between physical and emotional touch. The identity-building dimension of spaces is subtly examined and shows how spaces are created and experienced by intimacy and distance.
The film portrays the former, now empty, St. Raphael Hospital in Küsnacht above Lake Zurich and negotiates the economic, political and spatial dimensions of care infrastructures. The hospital itself acts as a protagonist and leads through its own story in the first-person perspective. The changing and sometimes contradictory claims and power structures are hence critically investigated.
Based on interviews with health professionals, “Optimus Prime” provides an exaggerated portrait of the increasing labour intensity and burden on nurses. Through the use of fast, rhythmic image changes and scene repetitions, stressful situations are created that critically reflect the constant optimisation pressure in everyday health-care work.
In an intense imagery and audio, the autobiographical work provides insight into the processing of forced migration and the traumas of an ongoing conflict. Jehisson Santacruz Giraldo hints at possibilities of collaborative processing through topics such as spirituality, childhood and death, on how a vision of healing and empowerment might emerge.
How do people in public spaces react to small gestures of affection? In the project, the producers reflect on their interventionist experiment with a hidden camera in the city centre of Bern.