Installations, videos and projects in public space


by Oliver Ressler

Biography

Oliver Ressler is an artist and filmmaker who produces installations, projects in the public space, and films on issues such as economics, democracy, global warming, forms of resistance and social alternatives. Over the years, he collaborated with the artists Zanny Begg (Sydney), Ines Doujak (Vienna), Martin Krenn (Vienna), Carlos Motta (New York), Gregory Sholette (New York), David Thorne (Los Angeles) and the political scientist Dario Azzellini (Berlin). www.ressler.at


Solo-exhibitions and projects
(selected)

2016
“Everything Under Control”, ar/ge kunst, Bolzano (I)
“Occupy, Resist, Produce”, Centre of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (GR) {with Dario Azzellini}
“Last Gasp Of Things As They Are”, GPLcontemporary, Vienna (A)
“Occupy, Resist, Produce”, Miroslav Kraljevi? Gallery, Zagreb (HR) {with Dario Azzellini}
“Confronting Comfort’s Continent”, Foundation Fabbrica Del Cioccolato, Torre-Blenio (CH)
“Transnational Capitalism Examined: Border as Method”, The Gallery Apart, Rome (I)
“Transnational Capitalism Examined: Dancing on Systemically Important Graves”, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome (I)
“Property is Theft”, MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (RO)
“Who Throws Whom Overboard?”, SALT Galata, Istanbul (TR)

2015
“Leave it in the Ground”, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin (D)
Museum of Contemporary Art – MSU, media façade, Zagreb (HR)
“We will beg for nothing, we will ask for nothing. We will take, we will occupy”, Centro Andaluz  de Arte Contemporaneo – CAAC, Seville (E)
“Failed Investments”, Art Agenda Nova, Kraków (PL)
“Stranded”, Artwall Gallery, Prague (CZ)

2014
“The Plundering”, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz (A)
“Political Imaginaries: Making the World Anew”, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk (PL)
“The Visible and the Invisible”, Shedhalle, Zurich (CH)

2013
“The Movement of Ideas” (film retrospective), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (CH)

2012
“After the Crisis is before the Crisis”, Artra Galleria, Milan (I)
“After the Crisis is before the Crisis”, Basis, Frankfurt am Main (D)
“Venezuela from Below“, The Cube Project Space, Taipei (RC) {with Dario Azzellini}

2011
“We Have a Situation Here”, Prenninger Gespräche, Deutschfeistritz (A)
“Resist to Exist”, ANA – Astrid Noack’s Atelier, urban space, Copenhagen (DK)
“Socialism Failed, Capitalism is Bankrupt. What comes Next?”, The Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Kraków (P)

2010
“What Is Democracy?”, Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum – ACAF, Alexandria (ET)
“What Is Democracy?”, Galerie KUB, Leipzig (D)
“What Is Democracy?”, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen (GB)

2009

Group exhibitions (selected)

2017
“Repair: Resource”, ROM for kunst og arkitektur, Oslo (N)

2016
“It’s the Political Economy, Stupid”, DAAP Galleries, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati (US)
“1884 to 1915 – An Artistic Position“, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek (NAM)
“Climate Changes Everything 2”, Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna (A)
“Fear of the Unknown”, Kunsthalle Bratislava, Bratislava (SK)
“Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom”, MOCAK – Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow (PL)
“A Sense of History”, Nordstern Videokunstzentrum, Gelsenkirchen (D)
“Hors Pistes – The Art of Revolt”, Centre Pompidou, Málaga (E)
“Persecuted, Robbed, Expelled – Artistic Works on Repression in Vienna and Graz during the Nazi Era”, <rotor>, Graz (A)
“Labour Day Assembly”, Festival of work, contemporary art and theory, Rijeka (HR)
“Hors Pistes – L’art de la Révolte”, Centre Pompidou, Paris (F)
“Bread and Roses“, The Agency Gallery, London (GB)
“Universal Hospitality”, Into the City/Wiener Festwochen, Vienna (A)
“Border Imag(e)naries”, àngels Barcelona/ LOOP Video Art Fair & Festival, Barcelona (E)
“… was haben wir dann heute?”, Kunst im öffentl. Raum Niederösterreich, Schallaburg (A)
“If All Relationships Were to Reach Equilibrium, Then This Building Would Dissolve”, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough (GB)
“Start Cooking … Recipe Will Follow”, Impulse Theater Festival 2016, Düsseldorf/Cologne/ Mülheim (D)
“Cash – from Symbol and Dream to Hard Core Reality”, Shiryaevo Biennale, Samara (RU)
“anti:modern”, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg (A)
“To Bee Or Not 2 B”, Punkt Ø – Gallery F 15, Moss (N)
“Our Mind Into a Brezel”, Kunstverein Neuhausen, Neuhausen (D)
“Gemischte Gefühle – KLASSE KUNST V”, Landesgalerie Linz, Linz (A)

2015
“Waterscapes: The Politics of Water”, Pohang City Museum of Art, Pohang (KR)
“subversiv – Raum für Alternativen”, GrazMuseum, Graz (A)
“Cobra 1.7”, 71a Gallery, London (GB)
“Life’s Finest Values”, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (A)
“1 HECTARE – Art and Participatory Exhibition ”, Gleisdreieck Park, Potsdam (D)
“Welten im Widerspruch – Zonen der Globalisierung”, Galerie im Taxispalais, Galerie des Landes Tirol, Innsbruck (A)
“Test Exposure”, WRO Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw (PL)
“Into the City: Hotel Metropole. Giving Memory a Future”, Wiener Festwochen, Vienna (A)
“Body Politics”, LOOP/ àngels Barcelona, Barcelona (E)
“Recent Acquisitions”, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz (A)
“Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom”, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (D)
“Facts & Fiction”, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich (D)
“Be-Diversity”, Muse Museum Trento, Trento (I)
“Mature and Angry”, Week of Contemporary Art – Center for Contemporary Art, Plovdiv (BG)
“Self-managed interest community”, Belgrade Cultural Center, Belgrade (RS)
7th Grolsch ArtBoom Festival, Krakow (PL)
“Global Control and Censorship”, ZKM, Karlsruhe (D)
“Avoiding Eye Contact”, Miroslav Kraljevic Gallery, Zagreb (HR)
“Land – Natural, Gendered”, Nandan Gallery, Santiniketan (IND)
“Shame on You!”, Gallery of Contemporary Arts Celje, Celje (SI)
“Omonoia”, Athens Biennale, Athens (GR)
“Long live labour”, Pogon, Zagreb (HR)

2014
“Subterfuge”, The Gallery Apart, Rome (I)
“Places of Transition”, Freiraum Quartier 21, Vienna (A)
“7.000.000.000”, Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló, Castelló (E)
“Democracies possibilities and impossibilities”, Kala-Bhavan, Santiniketan (IN), Art Konsult, Delhi (IN)
“It’s the Political Economy, Stupid”, Galerija Nova, Zagreb (HR)
“Fragile Hands (after Marker)”, University of Applied Arts/Heiligenkreuzerhof, Vienna (A)
“The Occidental Accident”, 5th Biennale of Marrakech, Marrakech (MA)
Helsinki Photography Biennial, Helsinki (FIN)
“Playgrounds”, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (E)
“The Sunken Living Room”, Franklin Street Works, Stamford (USA)
“Disobedience Archive (The Park)”, SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul (TR)
“Resistance”, Manif d’art 7 – The Québec City biennial, Québec (CAN)
“The Rebel City”, ADN Platform, Barcelona (E)
“Into the City: Face to Face with the Monument”, Chto Delat/Wiener Festwochen, Vienna (A)
“Fields”, RIxc @ Arsenal/National Art Museum, Riga (LV)
“An Ocean of Possibilities”, Noorderlicht Festival 2014, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (NL)
“Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom”, Secession, Vienna (A)
“Die große Illusion”, Steinbrener/Dempf & Huber, Vienna (A)
“An Ocean of Possibilities”, ArtScience Museum, Singapore (SGP)
“Waterscapes: The Politics of Water”, Gumho Museum of Art, Seoul (KR)
“It’s the Political Economy, Stupid”, NeMe Arts Centre, Limassol (CY)
“Pozor! Kalte Grenze”, Kunstsammlung des Landes Oberösterreich, Linz (A)
“We are Here Because You Were/Are (T)here”, Das Weisse Haus, Vienna (A)

2013
“It’s the Political Economy, Stupid”, Pori Art Museum, Pori (FIN)
“Without Reality There Is No Utopia”, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (USA)
“I would prefer not to”, bureau publik, Copenhagen (DK)
“Disobedience Archive (The Republic)”, Castello di Rivoli, Torino (I)
“Anti Anti”, The Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, Tel Aviv (IL)
“ReCoCo – Life Under Representational Regimes”, Bat Yam Museum for Contemporary Art, Bat Yam (IL)
“Economics in Art”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow (PL)
“People Have the Power”, Casa Encendida Madrid, Madrid (E)
“To Have and Have Not”, HALLE 14, Leipzig; ACC Galerie, Weimar (D)
“Glocal Tales”, Motel B, Brescia (I)
“Till tomorrow! Ideologies of city planning and the tactics of dwelling”, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk (PL)
“Maldives Pavilion”, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (I)
“Off Side – Video Pamphlet Review”, La Rada/Locarno Film Festival, Locarno (CH)
“Have the wanderers of yesterday become today’s bag packers?”, Shiryaevo Biennale/Victoria Gallery, Samara (RU)
Lofoten International Art Festival – LIAF, Lofoten (N)
“Survival Kit 5”, International Contemporary Arts Festival, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga (LV)
“Idiopolis – Dialectics between Subject and Society”, Frontviews Temporary/Remap4, Athens (GR)
“Liquid Assets. In the Aftermaths of the Transformation of Capital”, Steirischer Herbst, Graz (A)
“It’s the Political Economy, Stupid”, Center for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade (RS)
Art Sheffield 2013, Sheffield (GB)
“Agora”, 4th Athens Biennale, Athens (GR)
“It’s the Political Economy, Stupid”, Gallery 400/Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago (USA)
“Symbolic Landscape”, University Art Gallery, Irvine, CA (USA)
“Général Bordure”, Le Quartier, Centre d’art Contemporain de Quimper, Quimper (F)
“Unstable Territory. Borders and identity in contemporary art”, Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (I)
“Smuggling Anthologies”, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka (HR)
“MOBILITÄT Teil 3 – Geld”, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna (A)
“Once upon a time… The Collection until Now”, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (NL)
“global aCtIVISm”, ZKM, Karlsruhe (D)
“Glocal Tales”, Chan Contemporary Art Association, Genova (I)
“Under Pressure”, Museum der Moderne – Rupertinum, Salzburg (A)

2012
“Enacting Populism – Inside and Outside a Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Kadist Foundation, Paris (F)
“It’s the Political Economy, Stupid”, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York (USA)
“Violence – Double Spread: From Private to the Public to the Life Systems”, Nandan Gallery, Santiniketan (IND)
“7.000.000.000 – Sistema Fallido”, NYM_lab, Valencia (E)
“After the Future”, eva International – Biennial of Visual Art, Limerick City (IRL)
“Undergo. The Parallels”, GeoAIR, public space, Tbilisi (GE)
“Occupy Everything”, Regionale 12, St. Lambrecht (A)
“It’s the Political Economy, Stupid”, Centre of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (GR)
“Disobedience Archive (The Parliament)”, Bildmuseet, Umeå (S)
“Everything Falls Apart, Part II”, Artspace Sydney, Sydney (AU)
“Kopf oder Zahl”, Biennale Bern, Bern (CH)
Gyumri Biennale, Gyumri (ARM)
“Violence-Double Spread”, School of Arts and Aesthetics, New Delhi (IND)
“Urban Territories”, 0gms Gallery, Sofia (BG)
“The Pythagoras’ (un)costant”, Tirana Architecture Week, Tirana (AL)
“Revolution Happened Because Everybody Refused to Go Home”, bureau publik, Copenhagen (DK)
“Occupy Everything”, GrazMuseum, Graz (A)
“Co- Re-Creating Spaces”, CentralTrak, Dallas (USA)
“Cartographies of Hope: Change Narratives”, DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Prague (CZ)

2007
“If you see something, say something”, Gallery A4, Sydney (AU)
“Nothing for us. Everything for everyone!”, Galerie IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna (A)
“The Country of the Endangered Body”, Trafo Gallery, Budapest (HU)
“After Neurath: Like Sailors on the Open Sea”, Stroom, The Hague (NL)
Moscow Biennial, Moscow (RUS)
“Free Radicals”, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon (IL)
“Cities from Below”, Teseco Foundation for Contemporary Art, Pisa (I)
“Public Views”, Gandy Gallery, Bratislava (SK)
“WORKafFAIR”, Udstillingsstedet rum46, Aarhus (DK)
“Suitcase Illuminated#5”, P74 Gallery, Ljubljana (SI); Mac/Val – Musee d’art Contemporain du Val de Marne, Paris (F)
“New Economy”, Artists Space, New York (USA)
“Außen vor / On the outside”, ACC Galerie, Weimar (D)
“Retracing Territories”, Fri-Art – Centre d’Art Contemporain, Fribourg (CH)
“transRobota”, 7th Baltic Biennial of Contemporary Art, National Museum, Szczecin (PL)
“Work Fiction”, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg (D)
“Reality Crossings”, 2. International Photo Festival Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Heidelberg 2007 (D)
“Forms of Resistance. Artists and the desire for a social change”, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (NL)
“Land of Human Rights: Raise the Voice Here and Now”, <rotor>, Graz (A)
“Why do you resist?”, Center for Contemporary Central European Art, Usti nad Labem (CZ); Forum Stadtpark, Graz (A)

2006
“Capital (It Fails Us Now)”, Kunstihoone, Tallinn (EST)
“Colonialism without Colonies?”, Shedhalle, Zurich (CH)
“The People’s Choice”, Isola Art Center, Milan (I)
“Now to battle! Now to arms!”, remapping Mozart, Vienna (A)
“Not Sheep – New Urban Enclosures and Commons”, Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver (CAN)
“World Unlimited”, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Arnhem (NL)
“working_world.net”, Museum Arbeitswelt, Steyr (A)
“Self-Education”, Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (RUS)
“Traurig sicher, im Training”, Grazer Kunstverein / Steirischer Herbst, Graz (A)
“Strategic Questions”, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (A)
“The Shadow Cabinet”, De Appel, Amsterdam (NL)
“The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society”, Second International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Seville (E)
“Crime and Punishment”, Kunstihoone, Tallinn (EST)
“Street Signs and Solar Ovens”, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles (USA)
“GenderTopia”, TekniKunst 06 – Contemporary Technology Festival, Melbourne (AU)
“for example S, F, N, G, L, B, C – A Matter of Demarcation”, Shedhalle, Zurich (CH)
“A Life Less Glamorous”, O3ONE, Belgrade (SCG)


Film festivals and film presentations
(selected)

2015
OK. Video – Indonesia Media Arts Festival, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta (ID)

2012
“RadicalAesthetics-RadicalArt – Radical Footage: Film and Dissent”, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (GB)
Diagonale – Festival of Austrian Film, Graz (A)
“Die Stadt, die es nicht gibt”, Ludwig Forum, Aachen (D)
IDHR Centre, Yerevan (ARM)
“History Lessons”, MUMOK Kino, Vienna (A)
10th International Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris (F)
Impakt Festival, Utrecht (NL)
7th Berlin Biennale, Berlin (D)
“Die äußerliche Welt”, Top-Kino, Vienna (A)
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (D)
Lanchester Gallery Projects, Coventry School of Art & Design, Coventry (GB)
MM center, Student Center, Zagreb (HR)
And And And, Documenta 13, Kassel (D)
Lanchester Gallery Projects at Coventry School of Art & Design, Coventry (UK)

2006
“Art + Activism”, YYZ Artists Outlet, Toronto (CAN)
Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (A)
Moviemento-Kino, Linz (A)
Junge Normale, Wien (A)
Lichtblick-Kino, Berlin (D)
Okto.tv, Vienna (A)
Interferencia 2006, Barcelona (E)
Teatro Teresa Carreño, Caracas (VEN)
Impakt Festival, Utrecht (NL)
Labor Fest ’06, Roxie Theater, San Francisco (USA)
Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana (SI)
World Social Forum India, Filmfestival program “3 Screens”, Delhi (IND)
YIDFF – Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Yamagata (J)
Queen’s Film Theatre / Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast (GB)
Seoul International Labor Film and Video Festival, Seoul (KR)
Cinema Arsenale di Pisa, Pisa (I)

Filmography

Artists publications / books

“Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom”, Ines Doujak & Oliver Ressler (Eds.), Pluto Press, 288 p., 2015
“Oliver Ressler: Cartographies of Protest”, Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes, Marius Babias, Emanuele
Guidi, Stella Rollig (Eds.), Verlag für Moderne Kunst, 160 p., 2014
“It’s the Political Economy, Stupid: The Global Financial Crisis in Art and Theory”, Gregory Sholette & Oliver Ressler (Eds.), Pluto Press & Pori Art Museum, 192 p., 2013
“A World Where Many Worlds Fit”, Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University, 2010
“Alternative Ökonomien, Alternative Gesellschaften“, Promedia, 232 p., 2008
“Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies”, Wyspa Institute of Art, Engl./Polish, 240 p., 2007
“Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies”, Revolver – Archiv für aktuelle Kunst, Engl./Serbian, 72 p., 2005
“Alternative Ökonomien, Alternative Gesellschaften”, Kurswechsel 1/2005, Ger.
“European Corrections Corporation”, Revolver – Archiv für aktuelle Kunst, Ger./Engl., 2004
“Boom!”, folder, Engl., 2002
“Dienstleistung: Fluchthilfe – Border Crossing Services”, Ed. Selene, 52 p., Ger./Engl., 2002
“Nachhaltige Propaganda – Sustainable Propaganda”, Ed. Selene, 44 p., Ger./Engl., 2000
“The global 500”, Edition Selene, 112 p., Ger./Engl., 1999
“geGen-Welten: Widerstände gegen Gentechnologien”, Edition Selene, 84 p., German, 1998
“Institutionelle Rassismen”, 36 p., Ger./Engl., 1998
“Gelernte Heimat”, ed. Neue Galerie Graz, exhibition folder, German, 1996

Curated exhibitions

Art Awards (selected)

Prix Thun for Art and Ethics (CH), 2016
International\Media\Art\Award of the ZKM (1st prize; D), 2002
Staatsstipendium für bildende Kunst (A), 1998
Förderungspreis des Landes Steiermark für zeitgenössische bildende Kunst (1st prize; A), 1995 Förderpreis der Salzburger Landesregierung (A), 1995

Teaching and workshops in universities (selected)

Workshop Reality Research Center, Kiasma Theatre, Helsinki (FIN), 2013
Schule Friedl Kubelka, Klasse für künstlerische Photographie, Vienna (A), 2013
Geneva University of Art and Design, CCC Research-Based Master Programme (CH), 2008
NABA University, Milan (I), 2008
“Visiting artist”, California College of the Arts, San Francisco (USA), 2007
Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Art de Bourges, Bourges (F), 2007
Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Zurich (CH), 2007
Universität Lüneburg, cultural studies, Lüneburg (D), 2000/2001

Artists Residences

MSU – Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (HR), 2015
GeoAIR, Tbilisi (GE), 2013
Les Résidences Secondaires, Geneva (CH), 2012 – 2013
Artist-in-Residence Program at Astrid Noack’s Atelier, Copenhagen (DK), 2011
Utopiana, Yerevan (ARM), 2010
“Visiting artist”, California College of the Arts, San Francisco (USA), 2007
Banff-Centre for the Arts, Banff (CAN), 1998

Selected other activities

Member of the program advisory board of Depot, Vienna, 1999 – 2000
Member of the program board of the Viennese Secession, 2007 – 2013
Member of the board of dok.at, 2013 – 2015
Co-organizer of the symposium “Land of Human Rights”, <rotor>, Graz, 2007 and co-editor of the reader, 2009

Texts for various magazines, e.g. Springerin, Kulturrisse, sarai reader, Chto delat (What is to be done?), and Skulptur Projekte Münster 07 publication