Oliver Ressler: Barricading the Ice Sheets


Oliver Ressler: Barricading the Ice Sheets

28.2.2020: 5pm – 8pm
29.2.2020: 2pm – 7pm

Language: English

Screening / Premiere
28.2.2020, from 8.00pm

Oliver Ressler: Everything’s coming together while everything’s falling apart: Venice Climate Camp, 21 min, 2020

Location: Camera Austria

Oliver Ressler: Barricading the Ice Sheets

Location: Akademie Graz
Opening: 26.2.2020, 7 pm
Duration: 27.2.–6.3.2020

A collaboration between Oliver Ressler and Camera Austria

Nnimmo Bassey (NG)
John Jordan (GB)
Steve Lyons / The Natural History Museum (US)
Marta Moreno Muñoz (ES)
Aka Niviâna (GL)
Oliver Ressler (AT)

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Camera Austria

Barricading the Ice Sheets:

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 the director of the ecological think-tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and member steering committee of Oilwatch International. He was chair of Friends of the Earth International (2008-2012) and Executive Director of Nigeria’s Environmental Rights Action (1993-2013). He was a co-recipient of the 2010 Right Livelihood Award also known as the “Alternative Noble Prize”. In 2012 he received the Rafto Human Rights Award. In 2014 he received Nigeria’s national honour as Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) in recognition of his environmental activism.

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.

Steve Lyons/The Natural History Museum
, a traveling, pop-up museum founded in 2014 by the collective Not An Alternative, champions radical action on climate change.

Marta Moreno Muñoz
is a nomadic performance & video artist, researcher, cultural worker and Extinction Rebellion activist.

Aka Niviâna is a Nuuk-based writer and multidisciplinary artist who uses her work for putting focus on climate change issues in the Arctic and around the world.

Oliver Ressler
is an artist and filmmaker, and initiator of “Barricading the Ice Sheets”.

Nnimmo Bassey and John Jordan will be present also at this year’s edition of Elevate festival.


In parallel with the conference, the exhibition “Barricading the Ice Sheets”, featuring films on the climate movement selected by the speakers of the conference, will be shown at Akademie Graz.

Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, Notre Flammes Des Landes: The Illegal Lighthouse Against an Airport and Its World, 16 min, France, 2018
Selected by John Jordan

Tiago de Aragão, Entre Parentes, 27 min, Brasilia, 2018
Selected by Daiara Tukano

The Natural History Museum, Kwel Hoy – Totem Pole Journey Exhibition at The Carnegie Museum Of Natural History, 3:56 min, USA, 2018
Selected by Steve Lyons

Nwafili Emmy, Black Tide, 4:09 min, Nigeria, 2019
Selected by Nnimmo Bassey

Claus Mikosch, Change is happening, COP25, 7:32 min, Spain, 2019
Selected by Marta Moreno Muñoz

“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.