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Oliver Ressler workshop and lecture
Austrian artist Oliver Ressler has been researching issues such as economics, democracy, forms of resistence and social alternatives.

WORKSHOP: Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies

Monday 28th January, 10-16, Tuesday 29th January, 10-13

Between 2003 and 2008, Oliver Ressler has been working on an extensive project, “Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies”. The project focuses on diverse concepts and models for alternative economies and societies, all of which reject the capitalist system of rule. As a part of the project, Ressler has interviewed a variety of people, including economists, political scientists, authors and historians. The 16 interviews corresponding to the 16 main concepts were turned into a video installation, which has been shown in 21 countries so far.



“Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies” turns against the idea that reflection on alternative forms of social organization can only happen in the form of historical research. At the beginning of the 21st century, it is no longer possible to talk about “the” alternative – which socialism was for many people in the 20th century – but about a whole bundle of measurements, initiatives, adjustments, counter-strategies and models. The project “Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies” understands the breakaway from clear orientation as an opportunity: It assembles elaborated descriptions of models of organization for alternative societies and economies as well as concrete historical experiences.

In the workshop, Ressler will present excerpts of the videos. The workshop will mainly consist of critical dialogue and shared discussions that aim to find ways to achieve the above-mentioned social and political changes.

Kiasma seminar room

Participation fee: 40€

Bookings in advance: Kiasma-Theatre@kiasma.fi

LECTURE: Take The Square

Tuesday 29th January, 15-17

Over the past decade, Oliver Ressler has developed a body of work related to the alter-globalization movement. In his talk, Ressler will present his most recent work on the latest social movements, the 3-channel video installation “Take The Square”. The project focuses on mass movements that have taken place on various squares around the world; movements, where people began to opposed and fight the massive increase in social inequality and the dismantling of democracy in times of global financial and economic crisis. The movements of the squares are non-hierarchical and reject representation; direct democracy shapes their activities. The occupation of public places serves as a catalyst for developing demonstrations, general strikes, meetings and working groups at different locations. Successful site occupations in one place often inspire occupations in other cities, without a linear relationship. The 3-channel video installation “Take The Square” is based on discussions conducted with activists from 15M in Madrid, the Syntagma Square movement in Athens and Occupy Wall Street in New York.

Kiasma seminar room

Free admission

In co-operation with Reality Research Center, Performance Center, Pori Art Museum and Austrian Embassy

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Oliver Ressler, born 1970, lives and works in Vienna. He produces exhibitions, projects in the public space, and films on issues such as economics, democracy, forms of resistance and social alternatives. His projects have been in solo exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum, USA; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Kunstraum at the University of Lüneburg; Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid; Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Egypt; Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Krakow and The Cube Project Space, Taipei. Ressler has participated in more than 200 group exhibitions, including the MASSMoCA, USA; Itaú Cultural Institute, Sao Paulo; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven and at the biennials in Prague, Seville, Moscow, Taipei, Lyon and Gyumri. For the Taipei Biennale 2008, Ressler curated an exhibition on the anti-globalization movement, A World Where Many Worlds Fit. A traveling show on the financial crisis, It’s the Political Economy, Stupid, co-curated with Gregory Sholette, will be presented at Pori Art Museum (01.02. - 26.05.2013). An extensive publication titled It´s The Political Economy, Stupid: The Global Financial Crisis in Art and Theory will be published by Pluto Press (UK) and Pori Art Museum. Ressler's book Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies was published by the Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk in 2007.www.ressler.at