Oliver Ressler’s work has focused on global warming as a central theme ever since he first began to exhibit. One of his first solo exhibitions was “100 Years of Greenhouse Effect” at Salzburger Kunstverein (1996). Several exhibitions, films, installations, billboards and photographic works on the theme have followed since then.
His cycle of films “Everything’s coming together while everything’s falling apart” (2016 – 2019, ongoing) follows the climate justice movement in its struggles to dismantle an economic system heavily dependent on fossil fuels. In the first film activists contest the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015 that proved the incapacity of governments to commit to any binding agreement that would curtail global warming. The film on the Ende Gelände action in 2016 shifts the focus to a massive civil disobedience action at a lignite coal field near Berlin, where 4,000 activists entered an open-cast mine. The film on the ZAD focuses on Europe’s largest autonomous territory that emerged from the struggle against the new airport of Nantes in France. The film about Code Rood highlights a civil disobedience action in the port of Amsterdam in June 2017, Europe’s second-largest coal port.
Oliver Ressler produces installations, projects in public space, and films on issues such as economics, democracy, migration, global heat death, forms of resistance and social alternatives. He has completed thirty-one films that have been screened in thousands of events of social movements, art institutions and film festivals.