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



Sarah Hartmann is a Postdoc student in Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern. Her research looks at issues around work, transnational mobilities and future transformations in healthcare from a critical sustainability perspective. MORE


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.

Raum für Pflege
A film by: Anja Ruckstuhl, Seraina Campell
Language: DE

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.

We are all a little sick
A film by: Ula Liagaite
Language: EN

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.

Dasha and Kseniia
A film by: Nikolaj Endrich, Colin Rytz, Johanna Bühler
Language: EN/DE/UA

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.

zwischen-menschen-räume. zonen grenzen spielräume des berühren und berührt werdens
A film by: Hannah Eßler, Andri Buchli, Lena Widmer
Language: DE

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.

Wer kümmert sich um Orte der Pflege?
A film by: Noah Gmelch, Özlem Pamuk
Language: DE

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.


Optimus Prime
A film by: Oliver Carrilo Dyla, Yannic Essoungou Bony Malong, Nando Aneas Fernandez
Language: DE

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.

A film by: Jehisson Santacruz Giraldo
Language: EN/ES

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.

Versteckte Kamera
A film by: Marc Amrein, Nathaly Blaser, Michael Wehrli
Language: DE

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.