“Barricading the Ice Sheets” is a research endeavor by Oliver Ressler, supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF: AR 526), and in cooperation with Camera Austria
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.
On the first conference day, February 28, 2020, at around 8.30 pm, Oliver Ressler’s film
EVERYTHING’S COMING TOGETHER WHILE EVERYTHING’S FALLING APART: VENICE CLIMATE CAMP (color, sound), 21′, 2020
will have its world premiere.
In parallel with the conference, the exhibition “Barricading the Ice Sheets,” featuring films on the climate movement selected by the participants of the conference, will be shown at Akademie Graz.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to limited number of seats we recommend your registration to the conference via email:
The participation is free.