OLIVER RESSLER ° Voices to Reckon with

Oliver Ressler "Take the Square" (2012) Filmstill
The Art of Assembly
The Art of Assembly
II: Assemblies as Backbones of Social Movements (Oliver Ressler, Julia Ramírez-Blanco & Florian Malzacher)

Assemblies provide a crucial platform for direct decision-making in any attempt to make societies more inclusive and democratic, more just and less hierarchical than those existing today. For a long time now, assemblies have also played a central role in Oliver Ressler’s films and video installations. Together with Dario Azzellini, he produced a cycle of films on factories under workers’ control in Europe. Before that he filmed the Square and Occupy movements in Athens, Madrid and New York. His latest film shows a four-hour assembly in Madrid in October 2019, where delegates from various environmental groups gathered to prepare an act of civil disobedience to foster climate rebellion. 


Oliver Ressler (Vienna) produces installations, projects in public space, and films on economics, democracy, racism, climate disruption, forms of resistance and social alternatives. He has completed thirty-five films, whereas several of them are based on filming assemblies. His work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and biennales all over the world. Currently he works on a research project on the climate justice movement, Barricading the Ice Sheets.



Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler, “Occupy, Resist, Produce – Vio.Me.”, 30 min., HD, 2015
Oliver Ressler, “Take The Square”, 89 min., HD, 2012
Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler, “Occupy, Resist, Produce – Officine Zero”, 33 min., HD, 2015
Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler, “Comuna Under Construction”, 94 min., HD, 2010
Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler, “Occupy, Resist, Produce – RiMaflow”, 34 min., HD, 2014
Ana Pečar & Oliver Ressler, “In the Red”, 20 min., HD, 2014