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AT/CH/NO 2020, Documentary, 33 min., Deutsche OmeU
Director: Oliver Ressler

Director & Production: Oliver Ressler
DOP: Sjur Pollen
Sound: Sjur Pollen, Oliver Ressler
Editor: Oliver Ressler
Text: Oliver Ressler, Matthew Hyland
Narrator: Tim Goldie
Audio studio recording: John Hannon
Color correction: Rudolf Gottsberger
Sound Design & Music: Vinzenz Schwab

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is presented by fossil industries as technofix to prevent catastrophic global warming. The idea is to extract carbon dioxide in the refinery process and to transport and store it in sub-seabed formations. The world’s largest facility for testing carbon capture technologies on an industrial scale is the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) in Norway. This film was recorded there. TCM has operated since 2012 and is a joint venture between the Norwegian state, Equinor, Shell and Total.
The appeal of CCS for the fossil industries lies in the huge new subsidies it promises. The oil and gas should be left in the ground and a fully funded transition to a post-oil economy begun immediately, but the large-scale introduction of CCS would delay the necessary decarbonization, deepening our dependence on the fossil fuel industry.


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AT 2020, Documentary, 21 min., OmdtU
Director: Oliver Ressler

Director & Production: Oliver Ressler
DOP: Thomas Parb
Sound: Thomas Parb, Oliver Ressler
Editor: Lisbeth Kovačič, Oliver Ressler
Audio editing & re-recording mix: Rudolf Gottsberger

This film celebrates the Venice Climate Camp of September 2019, organized by the No Grandi Navi committee together with Fridays for Future and many more activists from all over Europe. Leaving the camp on the Lido at dawn, 200 activists forced their way into the Venice Film Festival enclosure, where they occupied the red carpet for nine hours. Making full use of the international media presence, the activists laid claim to the world attention focused on the day's prize giving ceremony, turning it to the agenda of the climate movement.


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AT 2017, Documentary, 18 min., Englische OmdU
Director: Zanny Begg, Oliver Ressler

Director: Zanny Begg, Oliver Ressler
DOP: William Robertson
Sound-Design: James Brown
Poem: Matthew Hyland & Oliver Ressler
Narrator: Renée Gadsden
Sound recording & color correction: Rudolf Gottsberger

The small pacific island Nauru has been mined since 1906. When phosphate extraction came to a stop in the 1980s, Nauru was bankrupt and 80 percent of the land area uninhabitable and infertile. In an attempt to generate income, in the 1990s Nauru became a prime money-laundering haven. After the disappearance of soil and money, nowadays Nauru is involved in the “disappearance of people” – housing one of Australia’s offshore refugee detention centers. Four whistleblowers describe the institutionalized human rights violations in the offshore detention.

Oliver Ressler works as an artist and filmmaker on economy, democracy, migration, the climate crisis, forms of civil disobedience and social alternatives. His 36 films have been screened in thousands of social movements, art institutions and film festivals. Ressler took part in over 400 group exhibitions, at the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; Center Pompidou, Paris and at the biennials in Taipei (2008), Lyon (2009), Venice (2013), Quebec (2014), Kiev (2017) and at Documenta 14, Kassel, 2017. He curates the exhibition “Overground Resistance” in the frei_raum Q21 exhibition space (25.08. - 21.11.2021)


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Several of the artists-in-residence are represented with their work in the Q21 exhibition space. The exhibition space is easily accessible and admission is free, featuring works and concepts by Q21 artists (Artists-in-Residence) in an international context. The venue hosts a program of group exhibitions curated by international curators, with a focus, since 2012, on socio-political themes and social criticism.