b. 1970 in Austria
Oliver Ressler lives and works in Vienna. He organises theme-specific exhibitions, projects in the public space and videos on issues such as global capitalism, forms of resistance, social alternatives, racism and genetic engineering. The ongoing project 'Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies' was shown at 21 different venues, including solo-presentations at Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana, 2003; Kunstraum Lueneburg, Germany, 2004; Centro Cultural Conde Duque, MediaLabMadrid, 2004; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, 2005 and the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, 2005. A publication on the project was published by the Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk in 2007. Many of Ressler’s works have been realised in collaborations: Boom! focuses on the central contradictions of globalised capitalism with David Thorne, 'European Corrections Corporation' on the phenomenon of prison privatisation with Martin Krenn, and 'What Would It Mean To Win?' on the protests against the G8-summit in Heiligendamm with Zanny Begg. Together with Dario Azzellini, Ressler produced the films 'Venezuela from Below, 2004 and 5 Factories–Worker Control in Venezuela, 2006', which was presented as a 6-channel video installation at the Berkeley Art Museum, USA. Ressler has also participated in biennials in Prague, 2005; Seville, 2006 and Moscow 2007.