oliver ressler,
oliver ressler,

oliver ressler


The 1970s were a time of social change. The current exhibition "Die 70er. Damals war Zukunft" (The 1970s. The Future Was Then) in Schallaburg Castle focuses on this turbulent time and its relevance today. The project "… was haben wir dann heute? (so, what do we have today?)" poses a question to the exhibition’s title: If the future was then, what are the time vectors of the present? The four artists Danica Dakić, Petja Dimitrova, Oliver Ressler, and Anna Witt explore the relevance of utopias in public opinion – and what visual language they use – in in this day and age of permanent crisis. For the four artists from different corners of Europe, the future in the 1970s was defined by and associated with different political and social promises. How is the future in the 70s expressed today? For whom and at what scale is it made? The artistic contributions located around the Schallaburg Castle revolve around both normal and exceptional states, history and stories, and (under)representation.
(Maren Richter, curator)

Oliver Ressler "The Economy Is Wounded – I Hope It Dies!"
The Austrian artist Oliver Ressler analyzes political situations and organizational forms with an eye on the history of very different places. He searches for alternative ways of living and forms of politics, which he integrates into films and photographs and presents as options for taking action. Ressler uses Guy Debord’s quote from 1968 in the title to look at the situation of cargo shipping on the Danube near Schallaburg, which has virtually exploded since the 1970s when free trade in Europe expanded and which will most likely take on new economic and ecological dimensions in the future, for example with the ratification of the TTIP agreement. According to the statistics for the last few years, roughly 10 million tons of goods are shipped to and through Austria every year on the Danube. Although the Danube has not lost its significance as one of the oldest trade routes, the question still remains: Just how many more cargo ships and how much more fuel can be tolerated in the increasingly borderless, global circulation of goods?

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