Oliver Ressler: Barricading the Ice Sheets


Oliver Ressler: Barricading the Ice Sheets

28.2.2020: 5pm – 8.30pm
29.2.2020: 2pm – 6pm

Location: Camera Austria

Language: English

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Camera Austria

Barricading the Ice Sheets:

A collaboration between Oliver Ressler and Camera Austria

Nnimmo Bassey
Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner (angefragt)
John Jordan
Steve Lyons / The Natural History Museum
Daiara Tukano
Oliver Ressler

Oliver Ressler, Everything’s coming together while everything’s falling apart: Ende Gelände, 12 min., 4K, AT/RO 2016.


Today, the climate movement is stronger than ever. Polite protest is a thing of the distant past. Activists all over the world use mass civil disobedience tactics to disrupt climate-wrecking activities. This conference brings together a group of internationally respected climate movement protagonists working between art and activism. The artist-activists will discuss the movements’ methods, purposes, its past and future, speaking from the perspective of the fields in which they are personally most active. They will describe the strategies that have succeeded in breaking through the sophisticated strategies used by corporations to make pollution, emissions, and responsibility invisible. In bringing together artists involved in activist practices, the program deliberately calls into question the widespread habit of treating “art” and “activism” as distinct categories, professions or “silos,” when in practice the “affinity” between the two is such that they often overlap and sometimes cannot meaningfully be separated at all.

Nnimmo Bassey, based in Benin City, Nigeria, is a poet and director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF).
Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner is a poet, performance artist, and climate activist from the Marshall Islands.
John Jordan is an artist and activist, co-founder of Reclaim the Streets and The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, now based on the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes.
The Natural History Museum, a traveling, pop-up museum founded in 2014 by the collective Not An Alternative, champions radical action on climate change.
Daiara Tukano is an indigenous artist and activist in Brazil, researcher in the field of human rights, and coordinator of Radio Yandê.
Oliver Ressler is an artist and filmmaker, and initiator of “Barricading the Ice Sheets”.

“Barricading the Ice Sheets” is a research endeavor by Oliver Ressler and supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF: AR 526). In autumn 2021 it will materialize as an exhibition at Camera Austria.