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Oliver Ressler

What Is Democracy?

03.09.-29.09.2019


Curated by: Katrin Bucher Trantow

Opening: 03.09.2019, 7 pm
Duration: 04.09.–29.09.2019

 

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About the exhibition

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Artist Oliver Ressler,
Artist Oliver Ressler,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/M. Grabner


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Head of Kunsthaus Graz Barbara Steiner, artist Oliver Ressler, curator Katrin Bucher Trantow and historian and cultural anthropologist Leo Kühberger,
Head of Kunsthaus Graz Barbara Steiner, artist Oliver Ressler, curator Katrin Bucher Trantow and historian and cultural anthropologist Leo Kühberger,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/M. Grabner


Steiner-Ressler-Bucher-Trantow-Kuehberger.jpg (2.13 MB)

Opening "Oliver Ressler. What Is Democracy?", 2019,
Opening "Oliver Ressler. What Is Democracy?", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/M. Grabner


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In the run-up to the national elections, the Kunsthaus Graz is showing the thought-provoking multi-channel video installation "What is Democracy?" (2007-2009) by the Austrian media artist Oliver Ressler (born 1970, Knittelfeld, Austria), which impressed the audience at the last Documemta and will be shown at the Kunsthaus for the first time in Styria.

 

“What is democracy?” is not one question, but is actually two questions. On the one hand, the question relates to conditions of the current, parliamentary representative democracies that are scrutinized critically in this project. On the other hand, the question traces different approaches to what a more democratic system might look like and which organizational forms it could take.

 

The project asked “What is democracy?” to numerous activists and political analysts in several cities around the world, in Amsterdam, Berkeley, Berlin, Bern, Budapest, Copenhagen, Moscow, New York, Rostock, San Francisco, Sydney, Taipei, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki and Warsaw. The interviews have been recorded on video since January 2007. Even though all interviewees were asked the same question, the result was a multiplicity of different perspectives and viewpoints from people living in states that are usually labeled “democracies”.

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Subject for download

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Oliver Ressler,
Oliver Ressler,

Photo: National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athen (EMST) Fridericianum, Kassel


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Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy, Videostill,
Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy, Videostill,

Photo: Oliver Ressler


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Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy, Videostill,
Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy, Videostill,

Photo: Oliver Ressler


Oliver-Ressler-What-Is-Democracy-Videostill-02.jpg (1.24 MB)

Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy, Videostill,
Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy, Videostill,

Photo: Oliver Ressler


Oliver-Ressler-What-Is-Democracy-Videostill-03.jpg (1.33 MB)

Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy, Videostill,
Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy, Videostill,

Photo: Oliver Ressler


Oliver-Ressler-What-Is-Democracy-Videostill-04.jpg (1.35 MB)

Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy, Videostill,
Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy, Videostill,

Photo: Oliver Ressler


Oliver-Ressler-What-Is-Democracy-Videostill-05.jpg (1.17 MB)

Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy, Videostill,
Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy, Videostill,

Photo: Oliver Ressler


Oliver-Ressler-What-Is-Democracy-Videostill-06.jpg (1.33 MB)

Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy, Videostill,
Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy, Videostill,

Photo: Oliver Ressler


Oliver-Ressler-What-Is-Democracy-Videostill-07.jpg (1.28 MB)

Material


"Oliver Ressler. What Is Democracy?", Installation view, 2019,
"Oliver Ressler. What Is Democracy?", Installation view, 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/M. Grabner


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"Oliver Ressler. What Is Democracy?", Installation view, 2019,
"Oliver Ressler. What Is Democracy?", Installation view, 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/M. Grabner


Ansicht-Oliver-Ressler-02.jpg (2.62 MB)

"Oliver Ressler. What Is Democracy?", Installation view, 2019,
"Oliver Ressler. What Is Democracy?", Installation view, 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/M. Grabner


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"Was ist Demokratie" on the facade of Kunsthaus Graz, 2019,
"Was ist Demokratie" on the facade of Kunsthaus Graz, 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/M. Grabner


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Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy?, 8-canal videoinstallation, 2009 (Installation view: Biennale de Lyon, 2009),
Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy?, 8-canal videoinstallation, 2009 (Installation view: Biennale de Lyon, 2009),

Photo: Oliver Ressler, courtesy of the artist


Oliver-Ressler-What-Is-Democracy-Biennale-Lyon-01.jpg (2.5 MB)

Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy?, 8-canal videoinstallation, 2009 (Installation view: Biennale de Lyon, 2009),
Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy?, 8-canal videoinstallation, 2009 (Installation view: Biennale de Lyon, 2009),

Photo: Oliver Ressler, courtesy of the artist


Oliver-Ressler-What-Is-Democracy-Biennale-Lyon-02.jpg (2.07 MB)

Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy?, 8-canal videoinstallation, 2009 (Installation view: Biennale de Lyon, 2009),
Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy?, 8-canal videoinstallation, 2009 (Installation view: Biennale de Lyon, 2009),

Photo: Oliver Ressler, courtesy of the artist


Oliver-Ressler-What-Is-Democracy-Biennale-Lyon-03.jpg (1.87 MB)

Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy?, 8-canal videoinstallation, 2009 (Installation view: Biennale de Lyon, 2009),
Oliver Ressler, What Is Democracy?, 8-canal videoinstallation, 2009 (Installation view: Biennale de Lyon, 2009),

Photo: Oliver Ressler, courtesy of the artist


Oliver-Ressler-What-Is-Democracy-Biennale-Lyon-04.jpg (1.76 MB)

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