Writing Desire

Ursula Biemann

2000 | 00:25:00 | Switzerland | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Hi8 video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Activism, Migration, Sexuality

"Ursula Biemann’s Writing Desire is a video essay on the new dream screen of the Internet and how it impacts on the global circulation of women’s bodies from the third world to the first world. Although under-age Philippine 'pen pals' and post-Soviet mail-order brides have been part of the transnational exchange of sex in the post-colonial and post-Cold War marketplace of desire before the digital age, the Internet has accelerated these transactions. Biemann provides her viewers with a thoughtful meditation on the obvious political, economic and gender inequalities of these exchanges by simulating the gaze of the Internet shopper looking for the imagined docile, traditional, pre-feminist, but Web-savvy mate. Writing Desire delights in implicating the viewer in the new voyeurism and sexual consumerism of the Web. However, it never fails to challenge pat assumptions about the impossibility for resistance and the absolute victimization of women who dare to venture out of the third world and onto the Internet to look for that very obscure object of desire promised by the men of the West. This film will promote lively discussion on third world women, the sex industry, mail order brides, racism and feminist backlashes in the West, and on women’s sexuality, desire, and new technologies." --Gina Marchetti, Ithaca College

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Prizes + Awards

International Art and Media Award, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, 2002


Swiss Institute
New York, NY

Exhibitions + Festivals

Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Germany, 2001
Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel, Germany, 2001
Dallas Video Festival, Texas, 2002
Videoex, Zurich, Switzerland, 2002
Pacific Film Archives, San Francisco, 2002

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