Oliver Ressler


Oliver Ressler lives and works in Vienna. He produces installations, projects in public space, and films on issues such as economics, democracy, global warming, forms of resistance and social alternatives. 
Years before the financial and economic crisis of 2007-8, Ressler began an unprecedented research project on alternatives for the future organization of the world: Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies (2003 – 2008). This led to 21 exhibitions around the world and the production of 16 videos within a non-hierarchically arranged archive on social alternatives.
Ressler’s 8-channel video installation What Is Democracy? (2007-2009) has been presented in 16 exhibitions in Europe, the US and in Africa, most recently as part of the EMST’s (National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens) collection in the framework of Documenta 14 in Kassel (10.06. – 17.09.2017).
Since Ressler launched his first film Rote Zora in 2000, he has completed twenty-seven films that have been screened in thousands of events of social movements, art institutions and film festivals. A retrospective of his films took place at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève in 2013.
In 2002, Ressler won first prize at the International Media Art Award of the ZKM in Karlsruhe. He is the first prize winner of the newly established Prix Thun for Art and Ethics Award in 2016.